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S2E National event CROATIA

General Information

The "Stairway to Excellence" (S2E) European Pilot Project is centred on:

  • Providing assistance to post 2004 countries and regions with the aim of closing the innovation gap, promoting excellence in all regions and EU countries;
  • Stimulating the early and effective implementation of national and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies.

The CROATIA National Event was organised jointly by the European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (S3 Platform, S2E project) and the Ministry of Economy of Croatia.

A JOINT STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL EVENT OF CROATIA: "The Synergies with Research and Innovation Funds" was issued as an outcome of it and covers the Main Issues under the different topics brought at the event.


Objectives of the event:

  • A better understanding of Croatian national (and regional) innovation ecosystem(s) with a special emphasis on the identification of obstacles, barriers and potentials to innovation
  • Raising awareness of the actions needed to enable synergies between different EU funding programmes for research and innovation
  • Sharing experiences in combining Structural Funds and Framework Programme to improve excellence in R&I systems
  • Drawing lessons for the future and identifying follow-up actions to enhance the potential synergies between different EU funds in the Member State

Who attended? (Participants: around 50 people)

  • Croatian National and Regional Managing Authorities
  • Croatian National Contact Points from the past Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes
  • Croatian National and Regional authorities in charge of smart specialisation strategies
  • Members of the Horizon 2020 programme committee
  • Selected national and international experts on EU funding programmes and regional policy
  • Selected representatives from businesses
  • Selected representatives from universities, research centres and any other organization with experience and/or interest in EU-funded programmes


Agenda and Presentations

Full Agenda of the event.

Session 1: Welcome Address - Moderator: Katja Reppel (European Commission,DG REGIO)

Session 2: Reviews on Existing Croatian R&I Cooperation and Barriers and Motivations of Prospect Collaborations - Moderator: Andrea Conte (European Commission,DG JRC)

(*)  The S2E National "facts and figures" document was the basis for this presentation.  It contains key messages, based on the presented quantitative indicators, and provides as full a picture as possible of how and where European funding dedicated to R&I is spent.

Session 3: Synergies in Practice - Moderator: Nida Kamil Ozbolat (European Commission,DG JRC) 

Session 4: Conclusions and ways forward - Moderator: Tereza Krausova (European Commission,DG REGIO)

  • Follow-up mechanisms and ways forward - Marija Rajaković (Ministry of Economy of Croatia)
  • A Territorial Look: The Committee of the Regions as a Facilitator - Petri Mirala (Committee of the Regions)


S2E National event CROATIA venue
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, Zagreb (HR)

Registration information

Participation was by invitation only.