Croatia and Germany, a common future within Europe

In the Conference Hall of the Croatian Chamber of Economy yesterday, His Excellency Dr. Bernd Fischer, who is an Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Croatia presented a lecture titled The Common Future of Germany and Croatia within Europe. In this lecture which was attended by senior and prominent members of diplomatic, scientific and business community, the Ambassador stressed the importance of continuing with the excellent diplomatic relationship which existed between Germany and Croatia. This was echoed by Director General of RBI, Dr. Danica Ramlijak, who noted that several processes had been initiated which aimed at establishing a foundation in Berlin with the main purpose of providing support to Ruder Boskovic Institute.

In his lecture, Ambassador Fisher emphasized on the importance of investing in both science and technology which he noted to be of very high importance fulfilling and establishing the welfare of a country’s sustainable development. He pointed to the fact that; as a result of government investments in these fields’ countries such as Brazil, India and China are increasingly being mentioned on the International scene as emerging new forces.

In describing the existing relationship between Croatia and Germany, the Ambassador pointed to three fundamental pillars such as the existence of Croatian workers in Germany, German tourists who continuously visit the Adriatic Coast and Political, economic and Scientific association and cooperation among the two countries as the building blocks of a profound and emotional friendship.

He pointed out that the Economic cooperation and association between the two countries was very dependable highlighting the successful cooperation between Koncar and Gredelj with Siemens in addition to the possible future involvement of Croatian Railways with German National Railways. Moreover, the Ambassador bespoke of the need of more engineers and skilled workers as he mentioned that at the moment Germany lacks almost 25,000 engineers and needs approximately 400,000 skilled workers. He however expressed some glimmer of hope highlighting that after the accession of Croatia into the European Union, German companies will continue to increase their presence in Croatia leading to an increase of Croatian immigrants into Germany.

The Ambassador emphasized the need of continued cooperation in Science, Education and Culture which he cited that it’s usually financed up to a tune of 5 billion EUR annually. Through exchange programs of students which is facilitated by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and scholarship opportunity from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Ambassador pointed out that 2 billion EUR out of the above 5 EUR go into supporting this program. Ambassador Fischer furthermore highlighted the existence of 36 successful Croatian Educational Institutions collaboration with over 4,000 Croatian students in Germany in addition to 14 scientific joint projects conducted within Max Planck Institute.

At the end, The Embassy Series which is sponsored by RBI was launched and established with the main purpose of ensuring continued exchange of ideas and improving cooperation between the Republic of Croatia and other countries to whom science and education are viewed as the main basis for the development of advanced technology which can be used as a driving force of economic process among modern societies.