German-Croatian Economic Forum: Workers Can’t Be Our Export Product

Lauren Simmonds

Fifteen Croatian companies will be being presented to German partners at the German-Croatian Economic Forum which kicked off on Monday.

When one thinks of Germany from the perspective of Croatia, one likely imagines little other than a fatter wage packet every month, better working conditions and a distinct lack of uhljebs. A strong, highly developed economy and a level of efficiency the world over envies are just some of the advantages life in Germany can provide.

Germany has always been a favourite ”destination” for Croats looking for better pay, better lives and a significant cash injection to their pension pots, and this has only increased since Croatia joined the EU back in July 2013, but must workers be Croatia’s main export to Germany?

As Marija Crnjak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 10th of February, 2020, the German-Croatian Economic Forum opened in Frankfurt on Monday, organised by the German-Croatian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Industry and Trade Chamber of Frankfurt, the Croatian World Congress in Germany, the Croatian Economic Association and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

As mentioned, fifteen Croatian companies will be introduced to the German-Croatian Economic Forum through sessions with more than a hundred German businessmen.

”Germany is an important economic partner to Croatia. Unfortunately, to date, we’ve mostly exported workers to Germany who have proven to be of exceptional quality. But we want to show that we also have an innovative economy and quality products. Personally, I’d like to see the trend reversed, that people come back to us, and that as many products as possible go into export,” said HGK President Luka Burilovic.

The German partners include OG Consultancy Services, a business started by the second generation of Croatian expatriates in Germany, and Eccos, a high-tech company for the implementation of electrical, IT and security solutions. The second part of the day with the Croatian economic delegation to Germany will be held in Mainz.

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