The meeting of Croatian Employers Association with representatives of Polish employers organisations concluded: lower taxes and less administrative procedures are key factors of attracting new investors and increasing competitiveness


Zagreb, March 20, 2018. - Today, a meeting of representatives of employers 'organizations and associations of Poland with the representatives of Croatian Employers' Association was held at CEA. The motive for organizing this meeting was to strengthen mutual economic relations and cooperation between the two countries, as well as to find new solutions to create a stronger cohesion of Croatia's and Poland's economic policies. On behalf of CEA, Milka Kosanović, the director membership affairs in CEA led and moderated the meeting, and Biserka Sladović, an advisor at the EU Policy and International Affairs Department, held a brief presentation on CEA. Branko Roglić, Chairman of the CEA Supervisory Board and owner of Orbico Group and Mihael Furjan, President of Pliva Board and member CEA, participated in the meeting, and shared the experiences of business in Croatia and Poland. Marko Jurčić, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia for Economic Affairs, Sani Ljubunčić, Head of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Infrastructure, MINGPO and Directorate for Implementation of Operational Programs and International Instruments, Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Fund.

Marko Jurcic, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Croatia for Economic Issues, delivered a presentation on the "Three Seas Initiative", which aims to unite 12 EU countries in a joint platform for cooperation on economic issues - priorities are the development of energy, transport infrastructure and digitization. One of the great goals of this Initiative is the creation of the so- a single digital market, which would reduce the current administrative and legislative barriers existing at EU level.

Talking about his business experiences in Poland, Branko Roglić emphasized the following: "It is imperative for all sides (employers, trade unions and government representatives) to move to the free market and to reduce administrative and legislative regulation, because only with the joint departure towards EU institutions can we expect real these issues, and this is also the only way to enable employers to function smoothly in their business. "

Mihael Furjan emphasized on the same track: "The important orientation of state policies to economic issues and the future of the country and we all have to see how much we lose if we are tied exclusively to the past and the worldview discussions. Trade unions have to support us because employers are the most important resource for each employer and aim to increase salaries and keep them in the country. "

Sani Ljubunčić, Head of Investment Sector and Entrepreneurial Infrastructure at MINGPO, presented in the Act on Promoting Investment and Incentive Measures within it, which are available to employers. He also presented a system of free entrepreneurial zones, currently 11 in the Republic of Croatia, and in which area there are tax and other facilities that should attract potential investors. For the time being, this zone uses 137 users.

Presentations on the ways and conditions of business in Poland were prepared by Polish representatives as well as on the experiences and possibilities of withdrawing funds from EU funds - the area in which Poland is predominant in the so-called New Europe.

The meeting was concluded with a common desire to further develop the existing cooperation and the need for both sides to organize similar meetings and events in the future: "There is still room for progress in the relations between Croatia and Poland and a stronger linkage of economic infrastructure. We share many similarities but also the common challenges we still have to overcome." - said Milka Kosanović in the conclusion of today's meeting.

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