Dear competitors, esteemed guests and friends of our City, it is my great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of City of Metković and from my side; welcome to the European Championship in the Kayak-Canoe marathon!

We are proud that our beautiful city hosts this great sporting event. The powerful river Neretva has always been the “deity that ows”. The City of Metković lives and breathes sport and will do everything in order to make your stay exciting and for you to feel richer with new experiences when meeting new friends, as well as creating memories of top sport results, excellent organization and good entertainment. I’m sure you will feel the warmth and hospitality of Neretva men and women on every corner and with every step, as well as experience a rich tradition and enjoy the beauties and treasures of the Neretva valley. I wish Metković stays in a beautiful memory and becomes a place that you will be happy to often return to.

To all contestants I wish a lot of sport happiness and success!