Popular Istrian City of Pula Praised for Economic Success

Lauren Simmonds

”I’m especially pleased that besides Pula, three other Istrian cities have received awards for excellence, which once again confirms that Istrian cities are at the top in terms of development, their economic situation and the quality of life they provide,” said Pula’s mayor, Boris Miletić.

As Glas Istre/Danijela Basic-Palkovic writes on the 8th of October, 2019, due to the great interest of entrepreneurs, the City of Pula has increased the amount of aid for the development of small businesses. Thus, Pula will increase the funds to its entrepreneurs in the amount of 1.5 million kuna instead of the previous 1 million kuna provided through the Pula 2019 Support Program.

Since the full amount of 1 million kuna has been used up in just over three months since the decision was made, a decision to approve an additional 500 thousand kuna was made so that the grant can continue until the end of 2019.

This support is one of the measures that has brought Pula among the most economically successful cities in all of Croatia, as shown by a survey conducted under the “Best City” project, in which all Croatian cities participated, and you can read more about how various other cities did here.

In this research, in the category of big cities, Pula was named the most economically successful city in the entire country. The selection of the best cities in terms of economic indicators was done on the basis of fourteen criteria, and the necessary data was collected from the Financial Agency (Fina), the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Croatian Employment Service, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts.

Pula Mayor Boris Miletić said that the City of Pula had competed for this prestigious award for the second year in a row.

”I’m really please that this year, Pula was proclaimed the most economically successful city in the category of big cities. That is the result of many years of systematic work in the field of economy and of the measures we have implemented that have yielded results, as confirmed by this latest research. With more than 9 million kuna, we’re helping entrepreneurs with their business, which makes us one of the leading cities in Croatia, and over recent days, due to the great interest of entrepreneurs, we’ve granted an additional half million kuna in grants for 2019,” said Miletić proudly.

He stressed that the City of Puka’s direct incentives certainly help in terms of the city’s business, but other activities that the city also regularly carries out are just as important, such as measures in the school and preschool systems which also help improve the overall quality of life in Pula.

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