S3 priority areas

Twelve existing competitiveness clusters have been involved in the development of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) and the definition of thematic and sub-thematic areas within the entrepreneurial discovery process.

Based on the defined global trends, strengths and potential in Croatian business R&D sector and according to the results of the entrepreneurial discovery process and main S3 criteria, thematic priority areas that have were recognized as the highest added value potential segments have been chosen as the primary S3 focus in Croatia, and with that in mind they will predominately contribute to the competitiveness increase of the Croatian economy. They are the following:

1. Health and quality of life
(1.) Pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, medical equipment and devices
(2.) Health services and new methods of preventive medicine and diagnostics
(3.) Nutrition

2. Energy and sustainable environment
(4.) Energy technologies, systems and equipment
(5.) Environment friendly technologies, equipment and advanced materials

3. Transport and mobility
(6.) Added value manufacturing of road and rail vehicles parts and systems
(7.) Environment friendly transport solutions
(8.) Intelligent transport systems and logistics

4. Security
(9.) Cyber Security
(10.) Defence dual-use
(11.) Mine action program

5. Food and bioeconomy
(12.) Sustainable food production and processing
(13.) Sustainable wood production and processing

Global value chains

With the complexity of global value chain development in mind and their large dynamics, in the first year of Project implementation the first seven GVCs have been developed in the following fields:

Pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, medical equipment and devices
Energy technologies, systems, and equipment
Environment-friendly technologies
Added value manufacturing of road and rail vehicles parts and systems
Defence technology and dual-use products
Sustainable food production and processing
Sustainable wood production and processing

Following the first seven global value chains developed during the project’s first year, with the beginning of the project’s second year, development of global value chains for the rest of six subthematic priority areas begun. Those areas are:

Health services and new methods of preventive medicine and diagnostics
Nutrition
Environment friendly transport solutions
Intelligent transport systems and logistics
Cyber security
Mine action program