Zadar County (ZAD) – Croatia

Zadar County ( was established by the Law on Counties, Cities and Municipalities in the Republic of Croatia, as one of the 20 Croatian counties. According to law, the county is a local (regional) government whose area represents natural, historical, transport, economic, social and self-governing entity, and is organized to perform the tasks of local (regional) interests. It consists of  County Assembly, County President and Administrative Departments.

County Assembly is the representative body of citizens and the entity of the County that enacts general and other documents required by law. Zadar County in its scope performs matters of local (regional) importance, especially those relating to: education, health, social welfare, agriculture, economic and tourism development, regional development, planning and environment. It employs 101 employees, mostly highly educated except for auxiliary staff. All of the employees are equipped with PC-s and other items. Zadar County's previous experiences in CBC and international projects include the following projects:

  • Development of the Business and Investment Climate in Croatia through programme of Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (financed through CARDS 2002) – County programme management was responsible for programme implementation
  • Sustainable Development of War-affected areas through CARDS 2002 – County Programme management unit
  • Local Partnerships for Employment through CARDS 2002 – Partner
  • ADRIATUR through INTERREG 3A – Partner
  • DAMAC through INTERREG 3A – Partner
  • HANS through INTERREG/CARDS – PHARE – Lead external partner

Zadar County seat is in Zadar, the largest city in Zadar County, which has about 75 000 inhabitants.

Role in the project

ZAD will be responsible for another pilot. Hence their responsibility will be in terms of definition of requirements and then data collection and adaptation for use within the pilot. ZAD will be also responsible for support to deployment of the pilot and for the testing in operational conditions. Last but not least ZAD will contribute to awareness and dissemination activities towards other cities and their citizens, as well as to exchange of best practices among cities.

Key Staff involved in the project

Olivio Meštrović, B.Sc. is an eng. in geodesy and the Head of Administrative Department for Physical Planning, Environmental Protection and Communal Affairs in Zadar County. As such, and also as Head of State Cadastre Administration – Regional Office in Zadar which was his previous engagement, has extensive knowledge and experience in various work fields which include implementation of several EU funded projects and UNDP/GEF/Zadar County project Sustainable Energy Management in buildings.

Lovro Jurišić, B.Sc. is employed as Assistant Head of Administrative Department for Development and European Processes in Zadar County. He also performs role of substitute member in Joint Monitoring Committee, certified lecturer for the PCM and is involved in all the European funded projects in Zadar County.

Antonella Zrilić-Vulić, B.A. is an Advisor in Administrative Department for Physical Planning, Environmental Protection and Communal Affairs in Zadar County. Her current activities include work on Register of Environmental Pollutants as well as on Energy Efficiency project conducting in Zadar County.

Zvonimir Dorkin, B.A. is employed as Senior Associate in Administrative Department for Physical Planning, Environmental Protection and Communal Affairs in Zadar County. His work has wide scope – environmental protection, maritime demesne, administrator for future Geographical Information System of spatial data for Zadar County and also has some experience in EU funded project proposals.