- In 2015, Croatia reversed the long-lasting (2009-2014) negative GDP growth rate and the real GDP expanded by 1.6%. These positive indications are further projected in 2016 and 2017.
- The employment in high- and medium-tech manufacturing (3.2%) and in knowledge-intensive services (32.53%) remains below the EU28 average (4.69% in 2013 and 36.95% in 2014).
- The R&I governance and funding system is centralised, with several public bodies involved.
- The system is characterised by low R&D intensity, with the direct public support to
R&D expenditures having decreased during the post-crisis fiscal adjustment period.
- The 2014-2020 programming period is Croatia's first full cycle with access to ESIF. That will provide an important source of financing for both public and private sectors.
- On 11 September 2016, parliamentary elections were held, due to a motion of no confidence against the previous government in June 2016, after just five months in power. The new government was sworn in on 19 October.