Danish State Visit to Croatia

Zagreb, 21 - 24 October 2014


Danish State Visit

For the first time ever, The Republic of Croatia is receiving a royal visit from HM the Queen Margrethe II and HRH the Prince Consort Henrik. They are participating in the Danish state visit to Croatia in the period from 21 - 24 October 2014. The state visit is an excellent way to enhance the cooperation between Danish and Croatian companies and to display the current and future market opportunities in Croatia.

Summarized Overview of full Program:

  • Official welcome
  • Agro & Food
  • Energy & Environment
  • Healthcare

BUSINESS PROGRAM

The commercial section of the state visit comprises of two parts: the basic activities and the tailor-made activities.

The basic activities includes the official welcome, introduction to business opportunities supported by EU funds, doing business in Croatia from the perspective of Danish companies established in Croatia and sector related seminars provided by Croatian institutions and organizations.

The tailor-made activities includes networking between Danish and Croatian companies (which can be organized as a 1-day or 2-day event), presentations and seminars by Danish companies participating in the State Visit, business visit to sector related sites and/or companies in Croatia.

PARTICIPATION

Participation in the state visit is subject to application.

A complete list of companies participating in the state visit can be seen here.

TRAVEL, HOTEL & LOGISTICS

Information about travel, hotel and logistics offered to the Business Delegation can be seen here.

PRESS

Information for the press can be seen here.

ABOUT DENMARK

The Danish Monarchy traces its roots to Gorm the Old (d. 958), making it more than 1000 years old and one of the oldest monarchies in the world. The current Royal House, the House of Glücksborg, is tied by marriage to most of the royal families of Europe and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013.

ABOUT CROATIA

Croatia is located in the Southeastern Europe. It is about the size of Denmark and has a population of 4.3 million. On the 1 of July 2013 Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. To read more about Croatia visit croatia.eu.

A list of practical information for those participating in the state visit is enclosed.

A number of small and large Danish companies are established in Croatia. To see a detailed list with contact information of these companies click below.

Market Opportunities in Croatia

Executive summary

Croatia became 28th EU member state on July 1, 2013. This is a great opportunity for Croatia to further develop and use available know-how and technology and reach the average EU level in the environmental protection (primarily waste, water and wastewater management), renewable energy production, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

Croatia’s EU accession in July 2013 has increased attention on the environmental sector and is providing a unique window of opportunity for Danish companies to offer specialized equipment and services and position themselves for long-term access to the country’s environmental market.

ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The Croatian Ministry of Economy recently presented a new and updated National Action Plan for Renewable Energy by the year 2020. It sums up the intended direction for the development of Croatia’s renewable energy sector, in keeping with the goals as set by EU’s own 20-20-20 targets.

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

Croatian agriculture is divided into three different geographical and climatic zones: the lowland zone in the north of the country, influenced by the continental climate; the coastal zone in the south, influenced by the Mediterranean climate; and the mountainous zone that occupies the central part of Croatia.

HEALTHCARE & PHARMACEUTICALS

Funding for healthcare in Croatia is principally through the compulsory health insurance system which has been operated by the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance (HZZO). The HZZO collects contributions from the working population and the government makes payments on behalf of those exempt, such as the elderly, the unemployed and dependents.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The expectations regarding the future of the Croatian IT market are very high. The local branch of the market research agency IDC estimates that the market will grow by as much as 15 percent in 2014 and 50 percent by 2016, reaching EUR 1.2 billion.

EU FUNDS

EU funds will be one of the most important instruments to tackle the main development challenges for Croatia and to implement the Europe 2020 strategy. The amount of funding significantly increased with Croatia’s EU accession. EUR 8.5 billion in total will become available in the period from 2014 – 2020.