The AEI (Agency for European Integration and Economic Development), together with HGA (Croatian Business Association Burgenland), has concluded a cooperation agreement in order to foster economic relations between Austria, mainly Burgenland, and the Republic of Croatia and to develop tighter business relations between those countries.
AEI was founded in 2003 by the Federal Ministry of Finance and approved by the European Commission as „fully mandated body“. The AEI was created as an inter-ministerial platform to support projects and activities in new and future Member States of the European Union (EU) with Austrian expertise and knowledge. AEI has successfully conducted more than 180 leveraged international projects with a total volume of over 200 million Euros since its inception, acting as lead as well as junior partner.
With the active involvement in development, counselling services and training activities and research, AEI supports the end-to-end project-cycle. AEI represents a professional interface between its members, relevant Ministries and public bodies, stakeholders in international public administration and policy, research and businesses.
As implementing agency representing Austria at the EUNIDA (European Network for Implementing Development Agencies), the mandate of AEI evolved to support international development activities on behalf of the EU. AEI has acted as vice president of EUNIDA twice, until the liquidation of the EUNIDA due to a thorough reform process in 2017.
HGA was founded by top experts in their respective fields with the goal of fostering economic relations in the Alps-Pannonia-Danube-Adria region. Its Self-conception is to improve business opportunities between Austria and Croatia by means of business meetings, talks, panel discussions or events
It offers a platform for networking, exchange and discussions for entrepreneurs, experts and the executive level of the region as well as participation in national and international projects.