Geographical area of the municipality covers the zones of Brkina, Ćićarija and Mali Kras. The basic feature of this area is transit, as this is the point of the main traffic lines Ljubljana – Koper and Rijeka – Trst. The municipality is surrounded with three ports in the North Adriatic (Koper, Trst and Rijeka). In the west there is the border with Republic of Italy, in the south with Republic of Croatia. The bordering municipalities are Divača, Sežana, Koper and Ilirska Bistrica. The municipality comprizes 39 settlements covering 195 km2 with 4300 inhabitants. The population is very rare and amounts to 22 inhabitants / km2. Age structure is also unfavorable. Hrpelje and Kozina are economic, cultural and administrative centers of the municipality. New economic and developmental possibilities can be seen in the growth of small factories through extension of trade and industrial zone, in traffic, tourism and cross-border cooperation.
The basic task of this municipality is to ensure favorable conditions for the overall benefit of its inhabitants by creating the conditions thanks to which everybody will have the equal possibility to access public wealth, to have a quality life and fully participate in the life of the municipality. Finally, the municipality must strive as much as possible for sustainable development which – in accordance with the principles of democracy, sex equality, solidarity, legal state and basic human rights – will support a continuous improvement of life conditions and wellbeing of the present and future generations. Therefore, it is necessary to encourage the dynamic economy, full employment, and high level of education, health protection, social and territorial cohesion as well as environmental protection in a peaceful and secure world which respects cultural differences. Key objectives of the strategy are environmental protection, social equality and cohesion, economic wellbeing and fulfilling international duties.
Role in the project
We are proud to say the project STAR was approved in a public contest of Program of participation Interreg V-A Slovenia – Croatia for the period 2014 – 2020. Out of 91 projects applied until the first deadline only 5 projects were approved, including STAR. Our partners include: Coastal nursing home Koper, Institute of Anton Trstenjak for gerontology and intergenerational cohabitation, Nursing home Kantrida, Rijeka, and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Our associate partners are Ministry of labor, family, social affairs and equal opportunities as well as Croatian Ministry of social policy and youth. The project was co-financed by EFRR (85%) and amounts to around 700.000 €, out of which Hrpelje-Kozina Municipality provides for funds withdrawal amounting to 161.000 €.
Hrpelje-Kozina Municipality is involved in all parts of the project, our main tasks being administration and communication. The greatest benefit is surely daily center for the elderly, to be built in the area previously used by Pensioners’ Association from Hrpelje. The reconstruction is scheduled for 2017, managed by Coastal nursing home from Koper. Different activities are to take place here, operating at several levels, from sustaining and managing bodily and physical skills through water activities to preservation of linguistic heritage as well as activities for sustaining intellectual skills aiming to improve and sustain physical and mental fitness. Our operating program is also directed towards creating a safe, stable and friendly surrounding.
After the project was approved, our mayor Saša Likavec Svetelšek referred to the importance of the daily center and said:
“The project STAR presents a great benefit for Hrpelje-Kozina Municipality. Our municipality is dispersed, with rare population and unfavorable age structure when compared with Slovenian average values, which means a number of elderly people live in faraway villages. Daily center in our municipality will enable social contacts and a higher everyday life quality to the elderly. At the same time, the project STAR 1 is an European project for OHK where we are a leading partner, which we are looking forward to. The project gave us a positive impetus, thus we want to participate and of course to be successful in many more projects as in this way we contribute to the development of our municipality in different areas.”