News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO was sIRMOuccessful in its application for the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project call. The project “EU Competences and National Cultural Policies: Critical Dialogues” starts on 1st September 2016 and it will last two years. The primary aim is to promote discussion and reflection on the impact of the EU agenda on the Croatian cultural policy. Since Croatia’s accession to EU, there has not been any visible progress in developing better coordination within the cultural policy research community and between cultural professionals and policy-makers responsible for the implementation of different EU instruments and agendas. The project will contribute to enhancing knowledge about the impact of the EU and its processes on the national cultural sector and will create synergies between stakeholders in the domain of culture. The main project activities are: i) international conference ‘Perspectives of national cultural policy development in the EU context: critical dialogues’ (2017), ii) round table about the impact of the Digital Single Market Strategy on the reforms of Croatian cultural policy (2018), iii) publication of the special issue of CIRR – Croatian International Relations Review (2018). The project coordinator is Aleksandra Uzelac, PhD. More information about the project’s activities will soon be available on the IRMO website.

Recent publications from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb – Summer 2016


IRMO researchers have published a new book: Hrvoje Butković and Višnja Samardžija in cooperation with Ivana Skazlić and Ivana Čavar, Nonstandard work in Croatia: Challenges and perspectives in selected sectors, Zagreb: IRMO, 2016. The book addresses the topic of nonstandard work which has not been sufficiently researched in Croatia. The focuses is on the strategies of Croatian social partners in the sectors of construction, metal industry, retail trade, public healthcare and agency work concerning regulation of nonstandard forms of work such as: fixed-term work, part-time work, self-employment etc. It describes efforts of the social partners to regulate the appearance and spread of the nonstandard work through collective agreements or other conventions. The research was carried out within the project ‛PRECARIR – The rise of the dual labour market: fighting precarious employment in the new member states through industrial relations’ financed by the European Commission, DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and implemented between December 2014 and September 2016.

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News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

IRMO logoIn the academic year 2013/14 the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb led two training projects funded from the EU programs.

The project “Italo-Croatian Mobility in Europlanning – ICrome” which was part of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme for 2013 aimed to train newly-graduates, young professionals and unemployed people in the field of EU funded projects in IRMO and in one of the 12 proposed host institutions, located in the North-East of Italy.

The project “Film Festivals with Creative Documentaries about First Hand Experience from EU Funded Projects – ClosE_Up” was implemented in partnership with the Media Factory. Its overall objective was to increase through creative film festivals, workshops and on-line tutorials, the general understanding of EU programmes and benefits of EU assistance in Croatia.

Events at the Institute for Development and International Relations IRMO, Zagreb

irmo phConference “Further EU Enlargement in South Eastern Europe – the Road Ahead”, 17th April 2013, Westin Hotel, Zagreb                 

The Institute for Development and the International Relations (IRMO) from Zagreb and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) from Stockholm organized the conference on enlargement on the occasion of the visit of the Swedish Royal couple to Croatia. The main purpose of this event, supported by the Swedish Embassy in Zagreb, was to assess implications of Croatian EU accession on the 1st of July 2013 for continuation of the EU enlargement process in the region of South-Eastern Europe. The speakers at the conference were Neven Mimica, Deputy Prime Minister for Home, Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Paul Vandoren, Head of the EU Delegation in Croatia as well as experts from each country of the region and Turkey. In assessing implications of Croatian EU membership the panellists indicated that it represents the EU gateway for the whole SEE region.

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irmo 250th Anniversary of the Institute for Development and International Relations, 21st May 2013, Mimara Museum, Zagreb

The Institute for Development and International Relations celebrated its 50th anniversary under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, Ph.D., in the Mimara Museum in Zagreb on May 21st, 2013. It was the occasion for recalling the long history, the different areas of research and the work of the Institute, as well as for presenting the Institute’s vision of its future development.

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irmo 3Culturelink Conference “Cultural Diversity, Civil Society and International Cultural Cooperation in South East Europe”, 3-4 June 2013, Mimara museum, Zagreb 

This event was organized jointly by the Culturelink / IRMO and the Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo in cooperation with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice). The aim of the conference was to assess cultural diversity as the principal challenge of our time, analysed as such in all the EU’s cultural programs. UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2005, was at the centre of the Conference programme. The Convention aims to foster cultural interaction and dialogue, and to establish innovative approaches towards international cooperation.

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New name: Institute for Development and International Relations – IRMO, Croatia

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IMO, the Institute for International Relations in Croatia, has changed its name into “Institute for Development and International Relations – IRMO” in March 2013. The intention was to better reflect the multidisciplinary research activities of the Institute.

Past events at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) – Spring 2016

Round table “Challenges of the environmental protection policy – how to proceed?”
19 April 2016, European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb

The Institute for Development and International Relations and the European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia organised the round table Challenges of the environmental protection policy – how to proceed?. The event was held on Tuesday the 19th of April 2016 in the House of Europe, August Cesarec street no. 4. in Zagreb between 10.00am and 12.30pm. The round table was the second public event within the Jean Monnet project Policy Observatory in Croatia – POLO-Cro28 which is implemented by IRMO since September 2015, and which is financed from the Erasmus +  program of the European Commission.

The round table discussion was focused on the importance of the environmental protection policy in Croatia in the areas of waste management, water management, nature protection and climate change, as well as on Croatian challenges regarding implementation of reforms in line with the EU’s legislative and strategic framework for the forthcoming period. Furthermore, the experiences in environmental protection policy implementation of the new EU Member States were also discussed. The event was concluded with a Q&A session.

The programme of the round table (in Croatian) can be downloaded here.

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IRMOIRMO participated as project partner responsible for pilot implementation of the 2015 Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) in Croatia. The Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 is financed by the European Commission and coordinated by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. The monitor was initially created in 2009 and simplified in 2014. In 2015 it was streamlined and tested. The monitor is created to assess risks to media pluralism in European Union countries based on a number of legal, economic and socio-political variables. The risks are divided into four domains: basic protection, market plurality, political independence and social inclusiveness. In 2015 the monitor was implemented in 19 European Union countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The local coordinator from IRMO for the project was Pasko Bilic, PhD. The Croatian media system scored low risk in the basic domain (28%), low risk in the market pluralism domain (29%), medium risk in the political independence domain (40%) and medium risk in the social inclusiveness domain (55%).

The full results of 2015 pilot implementation can be found here.

Since March 2016 IRMO participates in the implementation of the research project “Industrial relations in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges ahead of economic recovery” financed by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This project is coordinated by Centre for Economic Development (CED) Sofia, while IRMO participates as one of the six project partners. The aim is to deepen the knowledge on the national industrial relations systems through comparative research in six new EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland and Romania) and one candidate country (FYR Macedonia). The main objective is to reinvigorate national industrial relations systems in selected countries through evidence-based comparative research and advocacy in order to achieve a higher economic growth and competitiveness. The specific objectives are: to upgrade and update the existing body of knowledge on the development of industrial relations in selected countries, to stimulate the national policy debates between parties, to strengthen the cooperation among policy institutes and organisations of social partners, to provide an international platform for the exchanging expertise and to acquaint students form the economic universities with the project outcomes. The leader of the IRMO research team is TEPSA Board Member Visnja Samardzija, PhD.