Andrej Plenković: “Lowest Unemployment since 1990”

Lauren Simmonds

PM Andrej Plenković says that owing to government measures, it can be expected that Croatia will reach the ”68% employed” mark by the end of the mandate.

As Poslovni Dnevnik reported on the 3rd of July, 2017, meetings of members of the government with representatives of counties, cities and municipalities will become systematic practice in order to achieve the maximum benefit for Croatia’s overall development, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković stated that the principle of work will be in the spirit of partnership. 

The first meeting of this nature, with the aim of establishing a partnership principle in communication with all of Croatia’s counties, cities and municipalities, was held in Banski Dvori on the 19th of December 2016, when it was agreed that the practice of regular operation and alignment of multilevel governance with Croatia was needed in order to achieve balanced regional development. Plenković said that such meetings will be held twice a year, in June and in December.

“Such meetings will be systematic practice, which, unfortunately, has not been the case so far. Sometimes, it seemed as though we were living in two parallel worlds, and the prefects had their things to do within the county communities, and the meetings with the government were more ad hoc. This government especially appreciates the role of counties and those who have gained confidence in the elections which took place a few weeks ago. The spirit of partnership between central and county and city and municipal authorities is a key principle of how we will work over the next few years and strive to maximize the benefits for Croatia’s development” stated Plenković.

Each meeting will have a specific theme, and today, the Strategy for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia for the period until the end of 2020 will be attended by Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Žalac, while Finance Minister Zdravko Marić will talk about fiscal decentralisation, the financing of local units and regional self-government.

The PM also made sure to state that the Law on Co-Financed Housing Loans was adopted last December, which he said would be very well-received at the county level, especially among younger families.

Today, the Prime Minister and members of the government will attend Požega’s presentation of the Women’s Employment Program “ZAŽELI”, a worthwhile visit considering the fact that Plenković has pointed out that Croatia’s unemployment has fallen below 170 thousand, which is “the lowest number in absolute terms since 1990.”

The PM emphasises that the employment rate is growing and that, as previously mentioned, he expects that all government measures will enable the country “to reach 68% of employment in Croatia” by the end of the mandate. “I believe we are on the right track,” he said.

As Požega-Slavonia is hosting the Prime Minister, members of the government, the representatives of the Parliament, the Office of the President, and the Counties, the Towns and Municipalities, it is believed that this is a clear sign that the government is taking notice of the many existential, economic and financial issues that face the often overlooked Slavonia, and that it is an indication of positive changes and steps towards more attention and the the raising of the general living standard for Slavonia’s inhabitants, many of whom are leaving for better lives elsewhere.


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