Restructuring of Croatian Shipbuilding Industry within the Context of Accession to EU

Restrukturiranje hrvatske brodogradnje u kontekstu pristupanja Europskoj Uniji

Shipbuilding is one of the industries of vital importance for the Republic of Croatia because of its traditional nature of high capital and technological intensity and its driving force present in the development of various supporting manufacturing and service activities. Thus it represents a powerful generator of employment and of local, regional and national development. The current situation in the Croatian shipbuilding sector can be summarized as technological underdevelopment, low productivity, unfavorable workers' qualifications, redundant labor and very low financial potential. For this reason, it is necessary for Croatian shipyards, mainly state-owned, to find a sustainable solution for shipbuilding restructuring in order to enable them to operate effectively on the international market in line with market principles and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations of the European Union. It is therefore the aim of this work to systematically present the results achieved so-far in the process of restructuring and privatization of shipbuilding industry in the Republic of Croatia and to present further challenges that Croatian shipbuilding industry has faced with the accession to the European Union. Previous attempts of restructuring and privatization have not achieved any favorable results (except for the Uljanik Shipyard). With full membership in the European Union, Croatia has pledged to complete the process of restructuring and privatization of shipyards. The paper presents a systematical analysis of the position of Croatian shipbuilding industry in relation to the European and world markets, the so-far attempts of the restructuring and privatization process with special emphasis on state aids to shipbuilding industry and future guidelines for the restructuring process.


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  • Accession Number: 01528887
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2014 6:16PM