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Innovation minister: Future-oriented sectors ‘joint economic breakthrough points’ for Hungary, Croatia

The hydrogen economy and self-driving cars carry huge potential benefits for cooperation between Hungary and Croatia in RDI, Laszlo Palkovics, the innovation and technology minister, in Zagreb on Monday.

Palkovics said countries in the region had expressed interest in Hungary’s “world class” ZalaZone test track for self-driving vehicles, and Croatia is keen to join Hungary’s partnership with Austria and Slovenia at ZalaZone, which, he added, already enjoys close cooperation with the University of Zagreb.

Motorway sections connecting the Adriatic and Baltic regions are under way on both sides of the Hungarian-Croatian border in tandem with the Hungarian section of the M6 motorway, which is scheduled to be completed with the Croatian section in early 2024, he noted.

Palkovics said both governments aim to increase spending on RDI to 3 percent of their GDP by 2030.

The minister welcomed the operation of the new LNG terminal on Krk Island which provides access to LNG for the entire region.

He also said Hungary’s adoption in May of its national hydrogen strategy would invigorate the sector’s development. Hungarian companies are ready to help build Croatia’s hydrogen infrastructure network and incorporate associated services.

Hungary is ready to share with Croatia its experiences in dual vocational training, the ministry said.

During his one-day visit to the Croatian capital, Palkovics had talks with Croatia’s ministers of science and education, economy and sustainable development, transport and infrastructure, and construction, the ministry said in a statement.

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