Croatia: Government prepares National Recovery and Resistance Plan

The Croatian government will debate the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which envisions HRK 49.08 billion worth of projects covering six key areas.

Based on the Plan, 54% of that amount will go to projects in the enterprise sector, 15% to education, science and research, 12% to building reconstruction, 10% to public administration and the judiciary, 5% to healthcare, and 4% to work and social welfare.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said at the cabinet session that his approval was a precondition for securing the right to receive 6.3 billion euros in grants from the European Union’s Reconstruction and Sustainability Facility.

“The aim of the plan is to facilitate the government’s reform efforts, as well as public and private investment and GDP growth,” the prime minister said.

The document will be added to parliament’s agenda in mid-April.

The plan envisions reforms and investments in the enterprise sector that are expected to increase the competitiveness of the national economy, strengthen the agriculture, transport and energy sectors, improve environmental protection and increase the sustainability of tourism trade through tourism investments in the mainland. but also through the extension of the tourist season.

Increasing the efficiency of public administration, justice and management of state assets and increasing the fight against corruption is also included in the document, in addition to strengthening the education and science system and emphasizing lifelong learning as one of the pillars of competition.

The fourth component envisages an incentive package for employment, the development of skills needed for the labor market, as well as the strengthening of the pension and welfare system and the making of additional efforts to eradicate poverty and social exclusion.

The fifth component will focus on increasing the achievement and sustainability of the health care system through its modernization, programs for prevention and early detection of diseases, but also through the development of telemedicine and medical robotics.

The sixth component includes the reconstruction and updating of old buildings, including the decarbonization and construction of earthquake-resistant buildings in and around Zagreb.

These investments are scheduled to be completed by August 31, 2026.

“In the next ten years, Croatia will have at its disposal 6.3 billion euros in grants, as well as almost 13 billion euros in the new multiannual financial framework, 3.6 billion euros in loans to the next generation of the EU. “Probably about 1 billion euros for the earthquake recovery, plus almost 1 billion euros from ReactEU and the Straight Transition Fund,” Plenkovi tha said recently.

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