Deputy Mayor of the City of Novi Sad Mr. Borko Ilić, together with the Head of the Mayor’s Office Mr. Aleksandar Petrović, received today at the City Hall the Deputy Mayor of the City of Rijeka Mr. Marko Filipović.
Deputy Mayor Ilić wished the guest a warm welcome and pointed out that Novi Sad and Rijeka are cities recognizable for their cultured atmosphere, i.e. their attitude towards ethnic minorities, other cultures, and other confessions. During the discussion, experiences were exchanged regarding functioning of the two local self-governments, primarily from the point of view of applying for EU-funded projects, as well as of candidacy for the European Culture Capital, since Rijeka is among the candidates for 2020, and Novi Sad for 2021. Some of the topics discussed at the meeting were also the possibilities of establishing more immediate cooperation in the areas of tourism, urban planning, traffic and healthcare.
The initiative for establishing formal cooperation between the two cities, in form of the Letter of Intent, was signed in February 2011. In March 2011, the Novi Sad City Assembly Commission for Foreign and Domestic Inter City Cooperation adopted the Draft Agreement on Friendly Cooperation between the two cities, envisaging cooperation in various fields, above all in culture, sports and urban tourism. First concrete contacts were between the two City Museums, followed by the Serbian National Theater and Croatian National Theater of Ivan Zajc, as well as the Sterija Theatrical Festival and the International Small Scene Theater Festival Rijeka. 
In Novi Sad, July 14th 2015