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Profile of registrant

Croatian Chamber of Economy

Identification number in the register: 17132036322-34
Registration date: 28/07/11 13:52:08

The information on this organisation was last modified on 07/11/13 13:29:12
The date of the last annual update was 07/08/13 15:48:26


Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Croatian Chamber of Economy
Acronym: HGK
Legal status: non for profit association
Website address: http://www.hgk.hr

Sections

Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Nadan Vidosevic
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Vesna Trnokop-Tanta
Position: Vice-president

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 2 Rooseveltov trg 
Zagreb 10000
CROATIA
Telephone number: (+385) 14561555
Fax number: (+385) 14828380
Other contact information: The Croatian Chamber of Economy is an independent professional and business organisation of all legal entities engaging in business. It was established in 1852, organised in European tradition and on the so-called continental model of Austrian and German chambers with compulsory membership. Every company registered with the Commercial Court is a member of the Chamber.
The Croatian Chamber of Economy consists of the Headquarters in Zagreb and 20 county chambers. Among these, the Zagreb Chamber represents both the City of Zagreb and Zagreb County. Functionally, the CCE consists of 8 departments dealing with the respective branch of the economy, and it also includes 40 professional associations, 87 groups and 19 affiliations. Apart from this, within the CCE act five business centres, Permanent Arbitration Court, Conciliation Centre, Court of Honour and CCE Office for Areas of Special State Concern.
The Croatian Chamber of Economy is run by the Assembly, Management and Supervisory Boards, President, who is elected by the Assembly, and five Vice Presidents. The members of the Supervisory Board and Assembly are elected from among reputable business people. Together with the Chamber’s working bodies, they promote, represent and protect their members’ common interests before governmental authorities home and abroad.

Representative Office in Brussels established in 2000
with the main aim to provide support to the
Croatian business sector in the process of European integration.

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Representation

The representation of economic interests before economic policy makers is achieved in the form of written materials, opinions on the respective measures or bills, active participation in Government or ministry sessions, either as a member or upon invitation, mandatory position statements for parliamentary committees - primarily on economic, budgetary, financial, labor and social policy issues. This also includes providing parliamentary representatives with materials.

The CCE prepares materials on topical economic issues and refers them to relevant departments as joint proposals of the business community. The CCE also commissions studies, thus harnessing the professional and scientific communities for the benefit of the economy.

Promotion of the economy home and abroad

One of the most important tasks of the Chamber is the improvement of economic co-operation with foreign countries. This is achieved through various activities aimed at increasing the exchange of goods and services, and also at making improvements in all other forms of economic co-operation with business actors abroad.

The Chamber pays special attention to promotional activities through which the Croatian economy is represented in the respective country. Specifically, it informs business partners about the laws and regulations of the Republic of Croatia, as well as about possibilities and facilities for investment. The Chamber organizes visits for numerous foreign business representatives. It arranges meetings and concrete business co-operation with business partners abroad. It plays an important role in the promotion of export-oriented activities of the Croatian economy at well-known, leading fairs and shows abroad.

As the chief promoter and organizer of their participation at fairs and exhibitions, the Croatian Chamber of Economy supports its members both organizationally and financially in developing a successful marketing approach to the respective market. This is possible thanks to the CCE’s links with chambers and economic institutions around the world, which enables Croatian companies to establish successful contacts with counterparts in the respective country or region. These activities are carried out in co-operation with county chambers, professional associations and other institutions. The Chamber assists in Croatia’s efforts to follow liberalization trends in global trade in order to ensure fair competitive conditions for exports.

The Croatian Chamber of Economy participates in these processes actively and directly. Some of these activities include: Croatia’s membership to the WTO, which implies her further engagement in all activities related to trade liberalization, conclusion of the negotiating process and signing of the Accession Treaty to the EU, Croatia’s membership to CEFTA and free trade negotiations with other countries.

With regard to multilateral co-operation, special attention is paid to the EU as the most important foreign trade partner, because full membership of this European integration is the main strategic goal of the Republic of Croatia.
Improvements to the Single European Market, EU’s trade policy, customs rules and regulations and their direct effects on Croatian exports are systematically studied.

The CCE takes part in the practical implementation of the Agreement on Trade in Textiles between the Republic of Croatia and the EU. It also participates in a series of regional initiatives, such as Central European and Adriatic-Ionian Initiatives, Alps-Adria Working Community and others.

The international co-operation established through bi national chambers with Croatian emigrants (particularly in South America), for whom special information materials on investment possibilities and regulations are prepared, is also of great importance.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information: Representative office of the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels has a staff of 5 persons of which 3 are permanent staff and 2 are staggers - employees of the CCE spending 6 months in the Brussels office on a trainership programme.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Dragica Martinovic 26/11/13 21/11/14
Lahorka Ropac 14/12/13 12/12/14

Activities

Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


Main activities of the Brussels Office are:
- informing our members about requirements and rules of the EU single market and on EU policy developments;
- representing interests of Croatian companies;
- providing information on EU-funding and programmes,open calls and partner search,
- promotion of Croatian economic sectors in Brussels,
- organization of study visits to Brussels,
- organization of conferences, workshops and seminars,
- networking with EU interest groups and European associations,
- strengthening the voice and position of the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Transport
  • Youth

Networking

Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.




The Croatian Chamber of Economy is a member of many European
umbrella professional associations and networks which represent their interests with EU institutions. Membership in these associations also contributes to the exchange of information and facilitates partnerships
between members.
Associations:
EUROCHAMBRES - Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
EUROCOMMERCE - Wholesale and retail sector
EURATEX - European Apparel and Textile Association
MEDISAMAK - Association of Fisheries Organizations in the Mediterranean
EMEC - European Marine Equipment Council
PLASTICS EUROPE - Association of Plastics Manufacturers
CEFIC - European Chemical Industry Council
EUPC - European Plastics Converters
FEAP - Federation of European Aquaculture Producers
TII - Technology Innovation Information
EWEA - European Wind Energy Association
EURELECTRIC - Union of Electricity Industry
EBC – European Brewery Convention

Networks:
CBN - Croatian Business Network
NIROC - Network of Interest Representation Offices of New Member States and Candidate Countries
KEN - Knowledge Economy Network
EWN - Eurochambres Business Network

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2010 - 12/2010
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 100000  € - 150000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:


Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.