November the 14th, 2023 – The Croatian Chamber of Commerce was present at the recently held sixth European Parliament of Enterprises in Brussels.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, ongoing uncertainty related to energy prices as well as supply chains created pressure on companies but also defined the main topics of the aforementioned event. In addition to the above, the lack of qualified workforce emerged as one of the key topics in the European Year of Skills, as well as an opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas between European parliamentarians and companies.
The European Parliament of Enterprises is, among other things, a forum where people from the world of business have the opportunity to present their views to policy makers on how EU policies affect the bloc’s large business community.
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce – and company
Representatives of Croatian companies such as Infobip, KING ICT, INA, Riva sunca, President Hotel, Amadria Park, Spegra and Tahograph participated in the delegation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce led by the Secretary General of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Marina Rožić.
“By participating in the work of the European Parliament of Enterprises, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has once again confirmed its leading role in representing and advocating the interests of Croatian companies and the Croatian economy as a whole. The challenges faced by Croatian companies are a lack of qualified labour, retraining people, labour costs, and an ongoing lack of raw materials, not to mention their current prices. This is another opportunity for us to contribute to the creation of policies and decisions at the EU level that will take into account what companies need,” said the general secretary of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Marina Rožić.
Croatia’s LNG Terminal took the spotlight
“When it comes to energy, I’d like to mention the importance of cooperation between countries on capacity expansion in these altered circumstances, in which the whole of Europe is looking for alternative supply routes, but also in the context of further transition towards green energy. For example, the LNG Terminal in Croatia will contribute to affordable energy prices across Europe as a regional hub. Participation in this event organised by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Eurochambres allowed us to send out a firm message and connect with participants from other countries,” said a member of the Croatian delegation ,Emanuel Kovačić, who is otherwise the director of INA’s Department for Relations with External Subjects.
President of Eurochambres, Vladimír Dlouhý, opened the meeting and pointed out that these are challenging years for the business community at the EU level and as a whole. He also emphasised the importance of such meetings, especially in the light of the upcoming European elections, in which economic topics must be placed very high on the agenda of key issues to tackle.