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
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.