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Title of the project
Riches of the Underground World – then and now

Project acronim
Sveta Barbara

Main objective of the Croatian part of the project
Restoration of 250 m Kokel and Sveto Trojstvo pits in Rude and establishing mining open air museum

Main objective of the Slovenian part of the project
Restoration of technical heritage in Senovo (5 locomotives and 10 cars) from the coal pit in Senovo

Samobor Municipality (HR) and Senovo Local Community (SLO)

Main objectives of the project (HR)

Nacional partners (HR)
Zagreb County, Tourist Association of Zagreb County, Folklore Ensemble Oštrc, Elementary school Rude

Strategic partner
Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Zagreb

Total cost
EUR 277.645

EU financing
75% PHARE (EUR 208.500)

Applicant's financial contribution: 25% (EUR 69.945)
     Samobor Municipality - EUR 44.945,
     Zagreb County - EUR 12.500
     Tourist Association of Zagreb County – EUR 12.500

17 months (March 2007 – August 2008)

Project team
Marica Jelenić, project manager (Samobor Municipality), Josip Lebegner, Lovorka Vlahović, Štefica Lustek, Silvija Koščica i Lidija Miščin

Work packages


On March, 9, 2007., Grad Samobor has signed the Grant Contract with the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia regarding the implementation of grant from the Phare Programme for the Sveta barbara Project.
Total cost of the Project is € 277.645 (2.045.550 HRK), of which the Contracting Authority finances 75% and Grad Samobor with its partners the remaining 25%, following the rules.
The project will result in the restoration of the pit Kokel and Sveto Trojstvo in Rude for their opening for public in form of teh museum. The Managment of the Project is the responibility of the Project Manager- Marica Jelenić and of the Project team.
The opening of the museum is planned for July, 26. 2008. – official Day of Grad Samobor.

The project has been completed and put on evaluation to EU Phare Programm for Neibourhood Slovenia- Hungary- Croatia. The project has been evaluated with high 92.5 grades (total of 100), and it is one of the20 projects which have been selected by international expert team to participate in beeing financed from thePhare programm.

The Project has been made in cooperation with the cross-border Slovenian Partners. Te Applicants of the project are Local Community Senovo and Grad Samobor. Slovenian artners are: Tourist Association Senovo , Pit Senovo to be at closing and Elementary school “XIV. Divizije” Senovo. Croatian partners are Zagreb County, Tourist Association of Zagreb County, Elementary school Rude, Croatian Folklore Ensamble Oštrc and The Faculty Of Mining, Geology And Petroleum.


Project Sveta Barbara consists of 5 work packages on both sides of the border, with similar activities of both applicants.

WP1 Management of the Project

Management of the project is structured in the way as provided in the application form. For the purposes of the project a Joint Project Board (hereinafter: JPB) is set up at the cross-border level, and it consist of representatives of the Slovenian and Croatian applicants and partners. Management of the JPB is the responsibility of the functional partner - the representative of the Slovenian part. The JPB will, through its activities and co-ordination of activities and through joint adoption of decisions, ensure the unhindered and well co-ordinated progress of the project on both sides of the border. Besides, the co-ordination and management of the project at the national level is a responsibility of the project manager with the project team as a supervisory body. Thus, we can easily specify the JPB as a strategic body which will meet at least four times during the implementation of the project, or more often if necessary. The project team will be responsible for the management and implementation of the project, promotion and public relations on both sides of the border, with the project manager acting as its ‘’executive body’’. The project manager will, on a regular basis, report to the project team and functional partner and he will be responsible for the co-ordination of the project at the national level.

The Croatian project team consists of 6 members, as follows: Marica Jelenić – project manager, Lovorka Vlahovic – project assistant, Štefica Lustek, Josip Lebegner, Silvija Koščica i Lidija Miščin.

WP2 Communication tools

The purpose of this work package is to inform the general public on both sides of the border on the course of the project. For the purpose of information of the public, three press conferences will be held on Croatian side.

Due to a better recognition, external expert will make visual identity for both sides which will be used in all communication tools. The Web sites of both applicants (Samobor and Senovo) will also function as a communication tool. This will ensure easy access to the latest information on the project course to the public (several languages), and both Web sites will be easily linked to other tourist Web sites at regional and national levels. Data input will be the responsibility of the respective applicants.

The project and results of the project will be also promoted through text materials. The joint brochure will be finished prior to the completion of the Sveta Barbara project and printed in four languages.

WP3 – Restoration of the Rude pit

This work package is the essential part of the Croatian portion of the project which will result in the restored 250 metres of the pit. Due to legal restrictions, works may not be carried out by the applicant and his partners but only by an external contractor holding a license for the performing of the mining activities, and selected in public tender. Project documentation for the tender is being prepared by the Zagreb Faculty of Mining, which is a strategic partner in the project.

Within this work package, the external contractor will dig through a new tunnel (underground working) to the Sveto Trojstvo shaft, in a length of 110 m, restore the old faces from the said Sveto Trojstvo pit to the Kokel pit in a length of 50 m, and repair the underground working Kokel in a length of 90 m. Works should be completed by 26 July 2008.

During the works, three levels of supervision will be ensured: 1) periodical supervision by strategic partner, 2) occasional supervision by competent inspections in order to remove any defects while works are still in progress, and 3) daily supervision to be performed by an expert with references in the similar tasks.

WP4 Geological-botanical educational path

On the Croatian side of the border this package will result in 1.5 km of a mining and botanical path which includes the renewed Kokel and Sveto Trojstvo pits. The package starts with the making of the path project, followed by the developing and arrangement of the path, putting up of an info-point (wooden house) , and putting up of info boards and accompanning notice boards along the path.

Due to the size of the above-said equipment and signalisation, no building permit is required therefore. A collection of 200 minerals will be placed in a showcase at Primary School Rude. Minerals will be collected during the field work to be carried out by the members of the Folklore Ensemble Oštrc and through donation of the Slovenian partner (Primary School Senovo). Marking of minerals will be the responsibility of the external geology expert. Activities regarding the establishing of the mineralogical collection will be co-ordinated by the Primary School Rude and Folklore Ensemble Oštrc, while the Zagreb County Tourist Association will be responsible for tourist signalisation, path project and for the purchase of equipment. Physical works on the construction of the path will be the responsibility of the FE Oštrc. The applicant has obtained in advance a written consent of all the owners of land plots which include the route of the already existing logging path.

WP5 Training of local tourist guides

The objective of the training is to have 10 local tourist guides in Croatia. These guides are supposed to master the skills of guiding the tours around the tourist and cultural heritage of Sv. Barbara.

On the Croatian side of the border this activity will be the responsibility of the Folklore Ensemble Oštrc which will prepare the training programme, select the candidates and organise adequate 6-day course. Training will consist of theoretical and practical part. The field training will be performed in the pits of Sljeme, Technical Museum, Idrija and Rude. Lecturers will include external experts in tourism, geology, education and ethnology.

After the examination of candidates, certificates will be awarded in evidence of the successfully completed training.

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Town of Samobor and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
Delegacija Europske komisije u RH
Ministarstvo financija RH
Ministarstvo mora, turizma, prometa i razvitka RH
Grad Samobor
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