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The Private Sector Youth Initiative Presented at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb


Zagreb, 6th of February 2017 – The Private Sector Youth Initiative (PSYI) of the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in cooperation with private companies, professional associations of women and academic institutions was presented today at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. The organizing partners for the initiative were the Faculty of Electronics and Computer Science in Osijek, the Council of Students and the British consulting firm People 1st.

The members and leadership of the CEA met with representatives of France's largest employers' organization MEDEF


31 January 2017 - Croatian Employers' Association met with the delegation of France's largest employers' organization MEDEF and their branch MEDEF International on a networking meeting with leaders and members of the Croatian Employers' Association. MEDEF International represents 800,000 companies and is responsible for organizing business missions to other countries. The meeting was held in order to connect Croatian and French employers and achieve successful business cooperation. Also, one of the goals is to present investment possibilities for French companies in Croatia. At the meeting the employers had the opportunity to exchange their experience, contacts and ideas for future business initiatives.

Boška Trbojević is the new president of the Governing Council of Global Compact local network Croatia


At the regular electoral meeting of the Board of the UN Global Compact local network Croatia held on 23rd January 2017 Boška Trbojević, director of the Communication and Public Relations for Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina Coca-Cola HBC Adria was elected for the new president in the next term of two years, taking her new role, Trbojević said: "I am honored to be chosen for president of the Management Board of the Global Compact network in Croatia. This is also the confirmation of recognizing the contribution of Coca-Cola HBC Croatia promoting best principles of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business since its entry to the Croatian market.

CEA Supports the Adoption of the Action Plan for Administrative Unburdening of the Economy


Croatian Employers' Association welcomed the initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Business and Trade and the Government's decision on the adoption of the Action Plan for administrative unburdening of the economy. This way CEA supported planned speed of implementation of the plan, which the Ministry of Economy, Business and Trade plans to implement by the end of 2017. As a reminder, the CEA immensly contributed to the creation of the Action Plan for administrative relief of the economy, by participating in the application of the Standard Cost Model (SCM) methodology. Regulatory Impact Assessment shows the cost which the business sector has to endure by following administrative procedures (such as difficulty in opening businesses, acquiring sanitary licensing and compliance requirements for regulations on safety at work), which indicates the scope for increasing the savings of time and money by reducing these barriers.

With moderate optimism CEA urges Government to implement other reforms


Zagreb, 12 December 2016 - The traditional pre-holiday gathering of members of the Croatian Employers' Association pointed out that the optimism of entrepreneurs is growing, but at the same time the Government was invited to take advantage of current favorable circumstances to carry out broad reforms and measures that ensure sustainability and greater economic growth.

President of the Croatian Employers' Association Gordana Deranja said that GDP growth for eight consecutive quarters rightly brings optimism among employers and among citizens, but businesses are still cautious because next year will bring many challenges to which the Government has yet to provide the right answers.

Complete speech of the President of CEA, Mrs. Gordana Deranja


The complete speech of the President of CEA, Mrs. Gordana Deranje, given below:

"Ladies and gentleman,
respected representatives of political parties and coalitions, respected entrepreneurs and employers, distinguished guests,
I am glad that today's and previous discussions organized by the CEA and Hanza media aroused great interest. This proves that we managed to succeed in shifting the focus of the election campaign to real issues, and more importantly - to search for the right answers.
In the last campaign, much was said about the reforms, but unfortunately after the campaign we didn't see any results. In this campaign reforms have fallen into the background, but we are rightly worried about what will happen after the elections when they should be implemented. In this campaign again we heard a lot of brave and grandiose promises. But few plausible explanations that give assurance that are well thought, realistic and achievable.
It seems to me as if none of our political options are aware enough of the truth about the world we live in today. And we live in a globalized world that changes quickly. In a world that is literally changing every day. Therefore, I will repeat what I said at our Entrepreneurs' Day - only individuals, the organizations, companies and countries that themselves change and adapt to this new world today can be successful. All the others are losers.
Croatia is unfortunately among them. Although we in the CEA like many many other groups, call for substantial and deep changes, the political elite and certain interest groups which correspond to this situation, are still reserved to them.

The Croatian Global Compact Initiative Incited PBZ to Donate HRK 500,000 in Aid of Typhoon Victims in the Philippines


At the initiative of the Global Compact Croatia led by the Croatian Employers' Association Privredna banka Zagreb d.d. (PBZ), a bank of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, will donate HRK 500,000.00 to the Croatian Red Cross. The funds will be donated to the Croatian Red Cross to help the people of Philippines, struck by the monster typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever registered in that area.

The Global Compact (GC), an United Nations (UN) Initiative designed to promote socially responsible activities, was set up in the year 2000 and it brings together over 8,000 corporate stakeholders from 135 countries across the world. The GC initiative is led by the Croatian Employers’ Association (CEA) and PBZ has been a participant of the Global Compact Croatia initiative since 2007. The CEA brings together 52 participants of the Global Compact in Croatia and represents the biggest such initiative, as a unique example of the collaboration of the business world and the international community, academic community, civil society, governments, business associations and the United Nations itself.
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