On February 13, the VCCC was pleased to host “How to access EU funding for projects and investment in Croatia” event which brought together a line-up of international speakers passionate about future economic opportunities in Croatia.
The event was a great success. We had over 50 attendees who shared knowledge, enthusiasm and business cards over fragrant Croatian wine (generous donation from Natko Kuvacic, Dalmatino Vino) and stylish bites in a relaxed atmosphere at the International Chamber House, Melbourne.
Recently appointed Consul General for Victoria, Mr Joseph Gene Petric, in his opening speech aimed at the revitalisation of the Croatian economy andconnecting Croatians across the globe and supporting Croatian Chambers that are at the front line of both resurrecting and developing new connection for international trade with Croatia.
Branka Cubelic from Dreamtime Eventsin Split came bearing gifts in the form of deluxe accommodations at Brown Beach House in Trogir where ex British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has spent his summer. To a few lucky attendees, Branka also offered accommodation, in the investment property belonging to David Todorovic from Adelaide, at prestige location with Blue Flagawarded beaches at Biograd Na Moru.
Branka’s presentation featured to-many-to-mention successful examples of foreign property investment in Croatia, but let’s just say that images from these opulent escapes like Martini-Marchicastle on Šolta or Fenomen at Plitvice Lakes (where luxury literally blends in with nature) brought wishful smiles on all our faces while some of us texted to our partners about our next Croatian destination.
Lucija Kraljickovic, the co-founder of Treatigo, a medical travel agency, talked about the rise in tourism that has been rapid in recent years. She described health escapes in Croatia as something written in our history that today is “modern, high-quality, hustle-free and affordable”. As Lucija well put it, by getting medical treatment in numerous state-of-the-art facilities in Croatia, one can get expert professional attention, avoid waiting lists and save up significantly while enjoying the scent of rosemary on holiday. When in Croatia, next time, why not give yourself a royal treatment? It’s easy and affordable, just contact Lucija.
Founder of Kota Projekt, Tanja Kovacevic, brought to panel her twenty years of experience in the financial and banking advisory services and explained the challenges Croatian Government faces in regards to EU funding. Since, Croatia is one the worst EU countries when it comes to absorbing EU funds (out of EUR 10.6 billion-worth Croatian EU funds available, only 15% were doled out) now is the time to apply for EU grants as those funds are available at Croatia’s disposal by 2020.
Croatian entrepreneurs also have Bilateral National funds available for innovation, education and competitiveness, social dialogue, local development, poverty reduction, energy and climate change and so on.
Tanja also familiarised attendees with IZI DO POTPORA, mobile and web application she created for the complete overview of available National and EU funds in real time, which also offers a scoring for eligibility calculation. European Union Committee had invited Tanja in Brussel and praised her app that is user-friendly and one of its kind in Europe. Applying for EU funds has never been easier as Tanja’s app facilitates the highly-specialised application process.
Tanja’s presentation struck a chord with attendees, and the Q&A session that followed became a stand-alone event for which Tanja was well-prepared. Overall, the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, with participants commenting on the valuable insights and experience favourably.
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Cindy Drake (Outcomes Business Group):
“Last night I really enjoyed connecting with people and hearing about their Croatian heritage and backgrounds. We has a really great mix of people at the event and the room was buzzing with conversations. Our guest speakers did a great job of holding everyone’s attention through the night, especially when it came to hearing about how to access the funds from the EU before 2020. Looking forward to the drinks night 11 April, sounded like others were keen to connect again too.”
Michael Krivosija (SecureM Document Shreddin):
“ Having attended last night’s event, we were blown away by the knowledge, experience and passion by the presenters. We are impressed with how Croatia is seeking to improve and by listening to these great speakers, our eyes have been opened to the opportunities available in Croatia.
These opportunities are a great way for Croatians living abroad to reconnect with their roots and bring investment and change for the better.
It was a good feeling to meet Branka Cubelic in person after having watched her video interview previously.
Consul General Joseph Petric as the face of the Croatian community is friendly and approachable and brings a lot of experience to the position.
Lucija Kraljickovic from Treatigo showed the opportunities available for high quality, affordable medical/treatment tourism in Croatia.
Tanja Kovacevic opened up the minds of the audience by explaining in great detail the way investment can be made in Croatia with the assistance of EU and National grants.
Our deepest thanks to the VCCC for having set up the event and inviting the guest speakers who brought so much enthusiasm and passion.
There is a lot to think about, consider and do!”