HOW IT ALL STARTED?
Central European Convention is an international event organized for IAESTE members of all CER countries. The first CEC ever took place in May 1998 in Tuheljske Toplice, Croatia. It was organized on the initiative of Mario Kauzlarić, former National Secretary of IAESTE Croatia, and Thomas Haim, former National Secretary of IAESTE Austria. So far, there have been 42 CEC conferences, and this one is 43rd, coming back to where it all started – Croatia.
OUR LOCATION - KOPRIVNICA!
Koprivnica is a charming city in the northern part of the country. Despite its turbulent history, the entire historic town core was preserved and stands as a unique landmark, increasingly attracting tourists and visitors. The city's economy significantly developed with the growth of Podravka food industry, known worldwide for its famous Vegeta spice. And if you are more into the fun part - the brewery in Koprivnica is the most modern and ecologically advanced one in Croatia.
About our logo
Lace - Lacemaking has been a cherished tradition in Croatia for many centuries, dating back all the way to medieval times. It is an internationally recognized cultural heritage, protected by UNESCO. Creating these tiny works of art requires a significant investment of skill and patience. In the humble surroundings of mainly rural communities, lace served as a rare ornament for ceremonial purposes, traditional clothing and as a way of artistic expression. Each work being different and unique, they all share a common pattern – details made with delicate filigree-like movements, perfected over time by many generations’ hard-working hands.
Glagolitic script - Firstly introduced in the mid-9th century, the Glagolitic script is the oldest known Slavic alphabet. It had been used throughout a huge part of our nation’s history, until eventually replaced by Latin script in the 16th century. Interestingly, its significance was so notable that even at the times when the Church had very strong political influence in the area (with its official languages being Latin, Greek, and Aramaic), Croatian lands were granted a privilege of using their own language and script in liturgy. The last Glagolitic document was printed in 1893 in Rome, meaning that it was used for over 1000 years in total!