You can contact the Innovation Hub by filling in and submitting the contact form available in the 'Contact us' section.
The Innovation Hub responds to queries of business entities and exchanges fintech-related information within the CNB's competence. In addition to written communication, we may contact you by phone or invite you to a meeting in order to learn more about your business case, which will, in turn, enable us to provide you with adequate support or appropriate guidelines.
Depending on the content and complexity of the query, we will make every effort to reply within the shortest time possible.
The Innovation Hub provides support in the application of the regulatory framework within the CNB's areas of competence, i.e. supervision, oversight and licensing with regard to innovations related to the provision of banking or payment services. If you are a developer of innovative solutions in the area of non-banking financial products and services, please turn to the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA). More information is available at https://www.hanfa.hr/fintech/
You are not obliged to contact the Innovation Hub; however, business entities are liable for the legality and compliance of their operation. You may contact the Innovation Hub if you are not certain whether it is necessary to obtain a license by the CNB for the activity you intend to perform. Providing banking or payment services which require a license without previously obtaining one is considered a misdemeanour.
The Innovation Hub is not intended for business ideas in the initial stage of development or for general fintech-related queries. Furthermore, the Innovation Hub does not provide advice related to fintech business ventures and it does not provide legal, tax or other business-related consulting services. Before turning to the Innovation Hub it is necessary to develop a business model related to innovations in the area of banking or payment services.
The Innovation Hub is based on the following principles:
- communication confidentiality (the information and documents received by business entities are treated as confidential),
- communication informality (the communicated views and opinions are preliminary, nonbinding and informal),
- specificity (communication is related to a specific case and communicated views and opinions may change in line with new insights, business circumstances or changes in the wider regulatory framework),
- timeliness of reply (depending on the content and the complexity of the query, every effort will be made to reply within the shortest time possible).
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Deputy Governor Švaljek participated in a round table discussing the need to attain adequate balance between innovations in the financial sector and the management of risks arising from digital transformation.
The EU's financial regulations should meet the so-called 3F criteria: be fair, flexible and forward-looking, said Martina Drvar, the Vicegovernor of the Croatian National Bank, at the panel discussion on the future of financial sector regulations.