Background Croatia

The European Union’s (EU) institutions have continuously evaluated Croatia’s efforts towards the implementation of EU environmental standards and have pointed to both significant progress and remaining challenges in Croatia’s waste management. Challenges remain not only in the implementation of EU directives but also regarding the achievement of national waste targets.

Croatia’s most recent national waste management plan phased out in 2015; since then the European Commission has urged Croatia’s government to develop a subsequent national waste management plan as well as to develop a strategy for waste prevention. On the other hand, Croatia has traditionally been perceived as very ambitiously modernising its waste management system. Throughout the country, there are a number of progressive initiatives at municipal level to deal with waste issues, including “zero waste” projects.


Country report

As part of the project, a detailed analysis of Croatia’s waste management sector is conducted. The report gives an overview of the current situation of the waste management sector, identifies development potentials and provides suggestions on further developments of the sector. The country report has the following structure and provides information in the following areas:

  • Country background information
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Waste generation and treatment
  • Financing of waste management
  • The role of the private sector in waste management
  • Know-how and technology transfer

The country study can be accessed here.

The project magazine, prepared for the workshop in Zagreb, which contains a partial summary of the country study, is subject to special provisions for publication and reservations by all event partners. The project managers adelphi and INTECUS will provide you with more information upon request.


Country workshop (26 – 28 October 2016, Zagreb)

On 26-28 October 2016 the Croatia country workshop took place in Zagreb. The objective of the event was to verify the information from the previously published country study and to discuss potential measures for the development of Croatia’s waste management sector. About 80 participants attended the event, including representatives from Croatian waste companies, municipalities and academia, as well as small and medium-sized companies from the German waste management sector.

During a project presentation the participants learned about the preliminary project results and the main findings of the Croatia country study.

This served as a basis for the following session of personal discussions. Most participants pointed out that the recent change of government in Croatia and the fact that the national waste management plan has not yet been finalised lead to a high level of uncertainty within the waste management community. Certainty for future waste management planning can only be re-established once the national waste management plan has been agreed upon. The most pressing question at the moment is how to deal with the envisaged centralised waste management centres. The participants agreed that neither the operation of all centres planned so far nor the abolishment of the concept as such appears reasonable. Further, the participants pointed to limited technical and financial capacities of Croatian municipalities as a major barrier to the waste management sector’s development.
In addition to the personal discussions, the Croatian workshop participants were also invited to communicate their views on the development potentials of Croatia’s waste management sector through a questionnaire.

The workshop results will be integrated in the revised recommendations for Croatia’s waste management. These will be finalised in the beginning of 2017 and will then be made available on this website.

The workshop was realised in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German-Croatian Chamber of Industry & Commerce. The programme therefore also included presentations of German technology providers and on-site company visits at Krk island.

Through the following links the presentations of the event’s three-day programme are available:

The workshop agenda can be accessed here.

The list of participants for the workshop in Zagreb as well as a publication in Croatian that presents potential services and products of German companies to the Croatian waste management sector are subject to special terms of publication and consent by all event partners. The project partners adelphi and INTECUS will provide you with more information upon request.


Results report

The country study was discussed at the workshop with representatives of the Croatian waste management sector. The results of these discussions have now been incorporated into a result report by the project partners. This results report highlights the main findings of the study as well as recommendations for the further development of the Croatian waste sector. In addition, the publication reiterates the potential for cooperation between Germany and Croatia and lists contact points for those who are striving for such cooperation.

The result report can be downloaded here: German / English / Croatian


News & Events

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