Zagreb, April 16, 2013 - The Croatia EU Business Council (CEUBC) held its relaunch at the VERN University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb. Mr. Natko Vlahovic, CEUBC co-founder, presented the Council to a select group of CEOs and diplomats, including the EU Ambassador to Croatia, H.E. Paul Vandoren.
Mr. Peter-Carlo Lehrell, Chairman of Fipra International, Public Policy & Regulatory Advisors, also held a presentation on advocacy/influence within the EU and EU institutions. The Dutch and Belgium ambassadors to Croatia attended the launching, joined by their diplomatic colleagues from Romania, Bulgaria and Finland. The newly elected European Parliament MEP and Assistant Minister of Tourism, Mr. Oleg Valjalo, and Chairman of the Sabor Committee on European Integration, Daniel Mondekar, also attended, joined by other government officials. Attending companies and institutions included: HEP, Wolf Theiss, HGK, Podravka, Viro, Pliva, Pinto consulting, Zadar Airport, NOVA TV, Plinacro, Palco, Bell Pottinger, and Sportska TV.
The Croatia EU Business Council was established in 2007, when Croatia was scheduled to become a member of the EU by 2009, as an independent CEO level forum for EU and Croatian business leaders as a non-profit making organization, in order to promote trade and investment between the EU and Croatia, to assist companies to develop business opportunities, to promote dialogue between governments and companies, to help solve market access difficulties and overcome regulatory obstacles both for Croatian businesses in the EU and EU businesses in Croatia. The CEUBC is the only private sector organization in Croatia or Brussels promoting business activities between Croatia and the EU, including its member states.