Field:Regional Development
Institution:Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment
Matija Derk holds Masters Degree in International Relations from Dublin City University and is actively working with development related issues on regional, national and international level for almost 14 years. Matija was involved in all stages of Croatian EU accession process starting his work in Ministry of European Integration in 2002. Leaving the Ministry Matija assumed role of director of regional development agency for following 7 years after which he was appointed Assistant Minister at Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds as Head of Directorate for Strategic Planning. Matija was involved in preparing a number of strategies including Regional Development Strategy, Investment Promotion Plan and Rural Development Strategy, National Innovation Strategy and Smart Specialization Strategy. He was also directly responsible for delivery of strategic documents for EU funds (Partnership Agreement and all Operational Programmes), aid coordination and coordination of Croatian participation in European Semester.