The Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE) is an independent professional and business organisation for all legal entities engaging in business within the Republic of Croatia. It was established in 1852, organised along European tradition lines as an institution which represents Croatian economic interests and on the so-called continental Chamber system, with compulsory membership.
The impact of the CCE may be felt in a number of areas defined by the CCE Act, the Statute, as well as numerous special regulations which transfer the execution of public powers. The CCE pays special attention to the execution of public power entrusted to it to successfully carry out its role of service to its members as well as connection between state authorities and the business community.
The Croatian Chamber of Economy consists, apart from the Headquarters in Zagreb and the Zagreb Chamber, of nineteen county chambers in Bjelovar, Čakovec, Dubrovnik, Karlovac, Koprivnica, Krapina, Osijek, Otočac, Požega, Pula, Rijeka, Sisak, Slavonski Brod, Split, Šibenik, Varaždin, Virovitica, Vukovar, Zadar and the Office for Areas of Special State Concern, in Knin.
In order to facilitate the optimal entrance of Croatian companies to international markets, especially to the markets of neighbouring countries and to the demanding EU market, the CCE decided to establish representative offices abroad. The Chamber has established representative offices in Belgium – Brussels and in Russian Federation – Moscow.
The activities and interests of CCE Members are carried out through professional associations. Each CEE Member belongs to an association related to the registered activity or the affiliation, which bind activities. Functionally, the CEE includes 56 professional associations and 33 affiliations.
The CCE has the largest database of information within and covering the Croatian economy. Furthermore, in addition to its own database, the CCE co-operates with the database of the Commercial Court, Financial Agency, Tax Administration, Central Bureau of Statistics and with companies.
Additionally, the CCE is the first public institution within the Republic of Croatia which has, from 2005, introduced and certified the quality management system related with the ISO 9001 Standard, in which is included not only the Headquarters in Zagreb, but also includes County Chambers.
Croatian economic development, joint mission of the Croatian Government, the CCE and CCE members.
In this manner the CCE has been entrusted:
- to promote Croatian economy, both within the country, as well as abroad, emphasizing especially the process of business upgrade and internationalization of small and medium companies and the creation of appropriate business conditions;
- to organize continuous process of professional and business education, work upgrade and general business of member companies, all of it in order to accomplish higher grade of members’ competitiveness;
- to prepare and organize economic delegations as well as various international economic activities, such as conferences, forums, presentations, individual meetings with foreign companies and both domestic and international fairs;
- to expand the network of economic representations abroad;
- to offer assistance in the process of selection and professional trainings of commercial attachés and economic advisors;
- to educate both public and its members about the activities;
- to support the Government of the Republic of Croatia in creation of more appropriate business surrounding.
CCE was awarded official acknowledgement of the Croatian Quality Managers Society, for significant contribution to quality development, in order to accomplish higher general economy competitiveness and the quality of general civil society. This acknowledgement is the indicator of the Chamber’s contribution to continuous process of economic improvement via quality.
Along with it, the cooperation between CCE and Croatian universities is continuously harmonizing economic needs with the labour market. Their aim is to establish a strong connection between the economy and academic community, thus they continue to advocate the implementation of the system of dual education in Croatia.