Hybrid conference “New generation of the EU and the Croatian path to recovery” held in Zagreb
May 27, 2021 – An introductory hybrid conference entitled “The new generation of the EU and the Croatian road to recovery” was held at the premises of the Association of Croatian Employers.
The national recovery and resilience plan with EU funds should be a real lever for growth, recovery and resilience to future crises.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds and with the support of the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs and the Italian Embassy in Zagreb, the Italian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Digital agency Forca, in cooperation with PwC Croatia, organized an introductory hybrid conference at the Association of Croatian Employers. The conference sponsor was Zagrebačka banka dd.
The conference discussed the national recovery and resilience plan and the new generation of the European Union.
Damir Zorić, Director General of the Croatian Employers’ Association, delivered a welcome speech to the conference and underlined:
“I am delighted that we have all come together today around the theme of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which has been very important to HUP and at the center of employers’ interests in recent months. We want to continue to remain a constructive partner for the Government of the Republic of Croatia on this matter to make the most of the generation opportunity offered by the NPOO. If we do not create at least 100,000 jobs in the coming period, we will not give future generations a decent chance of living. >>
The introductory discussion, as well as the round table, brought together many personalities, including Zvonimir Savić, Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and State Secretaries Šime Erlić of the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Europeans and Hrvoje Balen, vice-president TIC – HUP and coordinator for NPOO.
“Over the next few months, we anticipate that there will still be room for corrections to the NPOO and to allow private sector participation in some investment programs.” We recognize the efforts of the government, which negotiated more favorable conditions and a regional aid map. , which opened up the space to encourage private investment and sustainable employment, and we must welcome the new dynamic of communication with the ministries of Economy, Labor, Tourism and Regional Development ”, said Hrvoje Balen.
Everyone present agreed that the Republic of Croatia is truly experiencing a historic moment. The national recovery and resilience plan with EU funds for the next multiannual financial framework should be a real lever for growth, recovery and resilience to future crises.
The Italian Ambassador to Zagreb, HE Pierfrancesca Sacca, and the entrepreneurs who are members of the Italian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce expressed their opinions not only on the national plan for recovery and resilience, but also on the investments and the obstacles encountered. by investors and employers. The Ambassador of Italy in Zagreb, HE On this occasion, Pierfrancesca Sacca presented several activities carried out by Italy and Croatia, strengthening cooperation between our two countries in all fields, and underlined:
“I don’t think we are fully aware of the consequences of the paradigm shift. No one now thinks that globalization can continue as usual. Efforts will be made to relocate trade and investment flows. Italian system of promotion and internationalization of In the past, companies have focused a lot on distant markets, but now with increasing attention they are interested in markets and partners much closer to Italy, in particular from neighboring countries, in particular to Croatia.
An interesting discussion was followed by Mr. Alessio Cioni, Vice-President of the Italo-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Deputy General Manager of PBZ dd, Hrvoje Dolenec Director of Macroeconomic Analysis and Market Analysis of Zagrebačka banka dd , and John Gašparac, Chairman of the Management Board of PwC Croatia, who with his in-depth knowledge and experience gave a special review of the event.
“Running costs, although they remain an important criterion, are no longer crucial. We are looking at productivity, market and recycling capacity in production to minimize the impact on the environment. I also highlight the slowness bureaucracy and in particular the legal system, which must be facilitated and simplified especially for technological infrastructure and in the field of digitization ”, said Alessio Cioni.
“We need to focus on two things: making it possible for entrepreneurs to get funding for their projects as quickly as possible and, with the help of the synergy of the private and public sectors, to get there.” Realizing this potential is a historic opportunity. We absolutely have to be aware of the possible risks, because others will be involved, ”said John Gasparac.
The conference continued with a presentation of “Opportunities for the National Recovery and Resilience Plan” by Nataša Mihoci, Senior Consultant for European Funds at PwC Croatia, who presented an overview of opportunities and sectors and potential financial allocations .
Digital and green are two concepts that cross the entire national recovery and resilience plan and must be taken into account in the preparation of the project.
“It has never been so important to invest in human resources because without it we will not be able to reach 24.4 billion euros in the Republic of Croatia. Therefore, the investment in human capacities and quality preparation is essential to reach the amount mentioned Prepare your project ideas now, and don’t forget the “digital” and the “green”, said Natasa Mihoci.
The closing speech of the conference was delivered by the Secretary General of the Italian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and moderator of the event, Andrea Perkov, and concluded:
“Today’s conference has shown that this is a synergistic effect of a public-private partnership with the common goal of presenting, influencing and creating a new generation of Europe in Croatia through the national recovery and resilience plan.
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