The same kind of worries were also explained by a representative of the Croatian ministry of social affairs in the afternoon. She mentioned that both government as the civil society are not ready yet to enter the EU. Although the NGOs seemed to be better prepared than the government, a lot have to be done to teach the NGOs to think more project-wise. The governmental institutions should understand more about the necessity to involve the NGOs more in their activities and not to see them as threatening for their positions. It is interested that she mentioned that the Dutch Matra program helped very much even more than the strongly financed EU IPA programs.
Between the meetings I showed Auke and Annechien the city of Zagreb and ate a traditional goulash with home-made noodles in a small restaurant. Also we joined the beautiful panoramic views.
In the evening I took a small walk alone through the city to think about the meetings I had and to pray for the future of Zagreb and Croatia. Further we had all a free evening which was also good on order to prepare for the trip tomorrow to....... Montenegro.