Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd.

The Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd. is the first regional, and one of the leading Croatian development agencies. It was established on 14 December 1999 as an operational body entrusted with the implementation of development programmes of the County of Istria and the Istria 21 Development Consortium. Registered with the Court of Commerce in Rijeka on 29 May 2000, it became operational on 1 June 2000.

The founders of IDA are the County of Istria and nine Istrian cities:

Today, IDA represents an essential agent of the Istrian economic development. Its primary role lies in the stimulation of the development of small and medium-sized trade in the County of Istria through securing financial support, holding educational courses, developing entrepreneurial infrastructure, providing information and consultation services to entrepreneurs, offering services to prospective foreign investors, and implementing different interregional and international projects aimed at creating favourable entrepreneurial conditions in the County of Istria.

The Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd. was the first Croatian development agency to obtain an ISO 9001:2000 certificate for complying to international quality management systems standards. The certification was conducted by SGS ICS, which issued an ISO 9001:2000 certificate on 22 March 2004, certifying the compliance of IDA's quality management system with the requirements of this international standard.

Commissioned by the County of Istria, IDA developed the Istrian Quality (IQ) mark, a visual sign certifying quality, which was registered in 2005.

The County of Istria selected IDA to serve as development coordinator of the Regional Operational Programme (ROP) of the County of Istria. In the course of 2005, the necessary groundwork was laid for the development of this document, which was then finalized in June 2006.

From October 2007 IDA is a memember of the Coordination of Regional Development Agencies of the Adriatic Statistic Region - RAJ.

In October of 2009 IDA established METRIS - Research Centre for Metals of the Region of Istria. The Centre is situated in Zagreb street N 30 in Pula. More information on www.metris-research.com

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