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The Best Croatian Young Speakers Selected
- Three students will travel to the European Youth Debating Competition in Vienna -

The best Croatian young speakers have gathered this Friday on the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Economy for the Croatian edition of the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC). The debate held was on the topic of: “Living, learning, working and moving in Smart Cities of the future: with or without plastics and petrochemicals?”, organized by the European Petrochemical Industry Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope. After a number of exciting rounds of debates and top-level lines of argument, among the 60 candidates attending 12 secondary schools, the top three were selected. The following students will have the opportunity to present their skills in the finals of the European Youth Contest on 8th October in Vienna: Leon Zrnić from the XV. grammar school, Atanas Petković from the X. grammar school and Ema Milković from the V. grammar school.

"Due to an enormous amount of information we are surrounded with, we sometimes forget to look at all the sides of an equation properly. Both the positive and the negative sides of technological development are an inevitable part of pondering the future, especially by the young people as our most important resource. Through the debate, the best young minds subject their acquired knowledge to critical assessment and grow into well-informed, self-confident persons open to discuss the most important social issues," said the CCE’s Assistant Director of the Industry and IT Sector, Ms. Gordana Pehnec Pavlović. “The CCE, by supporting this competition, also provides its support to the future leaders of the Croatian economy.

 „This competition is a unique opportunity for students to further explore the links between our society’s development, sciences and the petrochemical industry. In addition, in a fast changing and sometimes divisive environment, this debating competition offers youngsters the chance to interact with each other regardless of gender, nationality and culture. Finally, for us as an industry, the EYDC is an excellent initiative to connect with a new generation, listen and learn about their views as well as their visions of our future. In a nutshell, it is a way to “Connect – Listen – Learn – Collaborate”, for both the youngsters and our industry” - Caroline Ciuciu, EPCA CEO

"We are very pleased to be in Croatia again on the occasion of another edition of the competition. I am greatly impressed by the remarkable insights and high-quality lines of argument by the young contestants, from whom we can learn a lot." said Michael Hermann from PlasticsEurope.

The National Finals are held in nine countries: Belgium or the Netherlands for a joint “Benelux” Finals, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Around 50 students per country aged between 16 and 19 will have the chance to participate. During the 2018 European Finals around 30 national winners will be representing their countries. The EU Finals are held as a part of the EPCA 52nd Annual Assembly that will be held from 7th to 10th October 2018.


Based in Brussels, EPCA is the primary European Business Network for the global petrochemical business community consisting of chemical producers, their suppliers, customers and service providers. It operates for and through more than 700-member companies from 54 different countries. EPCA organises conferences and events in Europe offering members all over the world the opportunity to meet industry leaders and selected external stakeholders and stay abreast of international market developments as well as technological and societal trends. EPCA also supports members on specific topics that underpin the sustainable development of the global petrochemical industry. EPCA promotes STEM education, with a clear focus on gender and diversity inclusion. EPCA also highlight the multidisciplinary approach and the variety of challenging career paths that the petrochemical industry offers.


PlasticsEurope is a leading European trade association, with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. It has networked with European and national plastics associations and has more than 100 member companies, who are responsible for producing more than 90% of all polymers across the EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

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The six winners of the EYDC 2018 in Zagreb Croatia

The Croatian National EYDC Finals took place in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce

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