The Basque experience of socioeconomic transformation served as a model for other countries in the international conference on strategic development planning that will take place last December 4th in Zagreb. 

Organized by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the conference explored different approaches to the preparation of the post-2020 strategic framework. To that end, they brought together foreign and domestic experts in the field of strategic planning and design of development policies, which were invited to share their own experiences and different development models and strategies for the post-2020 period through presentations and a panel discussion.


Our Senior Fellow Gorka Espiau was among the main speakers, with the conference “The Basque experience: large-scale transformation under extreme difficulties”. The Basque Country is considered on the most successful examples of large-scale socio-economic transformation under extreme difficulties in Europe. His presentation will describe the key elements of the public-private partnerships that made this transformation possible and how to integrate non-tangible and cultural elements into strategic development planning.


This is not the first time that the Republic of Croatia shows interest in the Basque experience. In  2015, the Ministry of Economy in Croatia, led by Ivan Vrdoljak, visited the Basque Country. The main goal was to sign a collaboration agreement with Agirre Center and the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, in order to advice the Mediterranean country in regards to the Basque model of successful Economic transformation, especially in the re-industrialization and cluster policies fields, as well as the Basque Sustainable Development model.  


 The conference has being organized as part of a nation-wide promotional campaign called "Hrvatska kakvu želimo” (“Croatia as we would like it to be”), in the framework of the process of creating the National Development Strategy of Croatia for the period up to 2030. The National Development Strategy, which is being developed now, will also serve as the main document guiding Croatian investments in the next financial perspective of the EU.