News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb, Autumn 2016


IRMO is a partner on the Interreg Central Europe project RESTAURA ‘’Revitalising Historic buildings through Public-Private Partnership Schemes’’ (6/2016 – 5/2019). The project is coordinated by the Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland while IRMO participates as one of the nine project partners from 4 CE countries (Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia). The lack of financial resources of most of the governments remains one of the main burning problems in the protection and maintenance of a large number of neglected or abandoned historic buildings in Central Europe region. With limited public resources (national and EU funds), the involvement of private financing and expertise through PPP is the only alternative to save and manage the unique built heritage of Central Europe, and the project RESTAURA is willing to give a real change in the use of PPP across Central Europe. RESTAURA is aiming at identifying, testing, evaluating and promoting good practice on Public-Private Partnership in revitalization of historical cities and buildings. The outputs of the project will be strategies and action plans, tools, pilot actions and workshops for public authorities willing to renovate and bring a new life to abandoned and deteriorated historic buildings with the use of PPP models. In each of these countries a mix of public and private institutions participate to jointly develop and implement project’s outputs in a topic, that is still very new to EU Member States from Central Europe, and transnational exchange of experience is needed. Leader of the IRMO team is Daniela Angelina Jelinčić, PhD. For more information about the project activities visit RESTAURA website and IRMO website.


IRMO in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia and Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek organized a round table “The European dimension of the employment policy in Croatia – how to decrease youth unemployment?”. The event was held on 28th October 2016 in the hall of the Rectorate of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia.  The round table was organised within the Jean Monnet support to institutions project ‘POLO-Cro28 – Policy Observatory in Croatia’ financed by the Erasmus+ program and implemented by IRMO. The panellists discussed trends and initiatives of the employment policies in the EU and Croatia, notably the effectiveness of the Youth Guarantee initiative, launched by the EU, and its implementation in Croatia. Furthermore, harmonisation of the education system with the labour market needs, transition paths from education to work as well as the role of informal education and volunteering were also discussed. The speakers were representatives of the EC Representation in Croatia, experts from Croatian state administration, researchers from Croatia, as well as representatives of Croatian social partners and civil society. The coordinator of the POLO-Cro28 project is Prof. Visnja Samardzija.