Economy of eastern Croatia – vision and growth

Event time

  • May, 24th - May 26th, 2018

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Osijek, Croatia




Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, 
Faculty of Economics in Osijek
University of Tuzla, Faculty of Economics in Tuzla
Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, The Institute for Scientific and Artistic work in Osijek
University of Maribor, Business and Economics Faculty


Symposium Background

The seventh International Scientific Symposium “Economy of Eastern Croatia – Vision and Development” is a platform that will gather this year eminent scientists, doctoral candidates and leaders to present new ideas and expert recommendations in addressing significant economic challenges. The Scientific Symposium is held at the time of a possible turning point, when there are indications of visible progress, a positive turnaround in economic development. Certain companies are awarded and recognized for their successful work and development, new entrepreneurs emerge, agriculture finds its placement, and there is a hope for employment growth.

But, since “we always need to strive for the better”, we will try, year and year again, to ask participants for new analyses, new suggestions and visions to launch the development.

This year’s Nobel Laureate for Economics Richard Thaler in the link between economic and psychological analysis, through indirect suggestion of choices nudges towards making the right decisions, which can trigger the whole nation.

The most important aspect of his work is “that it shows the economic stakeholders are people”. Since we have a potential in human capital, investing into their achievements and smart specialization, and applying modern technology in production and processing, should be a bright spot for future development.

Eastern Croatia has got multiple development potentials, along with natural resources, primary production, traditional organic food products and gastronomical offerings, archaeological sites, cultural, monumental and sacral heritage which have not been sufficiently used thus far. Famous health resorts are ideal for development of health tourism, Drava, Sava and Danube rivers and Kopačkirit – the only preserved and untouched nature reserve or national park in Europe, can be an attractive tourist offer, which should be used in development planning. We can become attractive tourist destinations, whose season lasts the whole year, if we make an organized offer.

All papers arriving at this Symposium, and accepted upon review, should create a “nudge”, additional material which could direct the successful long-term economic development policy, both of eastern Croatia and of the whole of Croatia.


Anka Mašek Tonković, PhD.


By continuation of international scientific symposium in 2018, we want to encourage scientists, experts and entrepreneurs from country and abroad to provide research based on actual events and potentials of Eastern Croatia. This would provide basis for creation of new visions of global world, with a function of transformation and networking with global trends.