Čakovec, 11 November 2020 - Međimurje, the beautiful northernmost corner of Our Beautiful Country, became the first Croatian county with a flattering title of the European Region of Sport for 2022. Vice President of the Community of Sports Associations and Federations of Međimurje County Mario Vukoja and Secretary Tomica Jakopec informed the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) on the same and expressed their thanks for the COC’s support in their candidacy.

Herewith we would like to inform you that Međimurje County has been proclaimed the European Region of Sport in 2022. Our candidacy was rated by the non-profit organization ACES Europe with highest points, and this would not have been possible without a letter of support from the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC). Furthermore, the Croatian Olympic Committee’s support is also visible when building and equipping sports facilities, as well as the implementation of numerous projects. All this contributed to obtaining this prestigious title, with which Međimurje got adorned as the first such region in Croatia.

Therefore, on behalf of the entire sports public in Međimurje, as well as Međimurje County, we wholeheartedly thank you for recognizing our potential and supporting our candidacy. Besides sports, the benefits of obtaining this title will be visible in the tourist and promotional plan, both in our region and in the homeland. We guarantee that we will certainly justify the acquired status and thus contribute to the positive reputation of Croatian sports in Europe. We hope to work together successfully in the future, not only in terms of the European Region of Sport, but also in other fields.

Croatian Olympic Committee’s (COC) President Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Josip Čop congratulated the hardworking Međimurje people on this prestigious title:


Dear friends from the Međimurje County Sports Community,

it is always a great pleasure to work with people who are doing their best for the progress of their region, thus contributing to the prosperity of the entire community. With a famous sports tradition, continuous work of 400 associations and more than 16 000 athletes, Međimurje deserves to be distinguished beyond the Croatian borders as an example of attachment to sports and tendencies of healthy living of its inhabitants. Looking forward to continuing our cooperation in the future, on behalf of the Croatian Olympic Family and on our own behalf, we congratulate you on the title of European Region of Sport in 2022!