POLO round table „Challenges of competitiveness for the new EU member states and Croatia“ held
Zagreb: European Commission Representation in Croatia (House of Europe), August Cesarec street 4
26 April 2017, 10.00-12.30 hours
The POLO round table “Challenges of competitiveness for the new EU member states and Croatia” was held on Wednesday 26 April 2017 in the House of Europe in Zagreb. The round table as the fourth such event within project “POLO-Cro28: Policy Observatory in Croatia” was organized in cooperation between IRMO and the European Commission Representation in Croatia. The round table was opened with the welcoming words of H.E. Branko Baričević, Head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia and Višnja Samardžija, project coordinator from IRMO. The introductory part was followed by the panel which discussed mechanisms and instruments for strengthening competitiveness in the EU, causes for legging behind of Croatia on the European and international scales of competitiveness, importance of increased productivity and positive business climate, education for competitiveness, strategy of smart specialization for Croatia and other questions important for competitiveness. The speakers were: Manica Hauptman from the EC Representation in Croatia, Krešimir Jurlin from IRMO, Andrea August, from the Agency for Investments and Competitiveness and Martina Basarac Sertić from Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The panel was followed by the Q&A session between speakers and the audience.