Economy Minister Ambiguous about Closure of Sisak Refinery

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ZAGREB, April 21, 2018 – Economy Minister Martina Dalić on Friday commented on a statement by the new CEO of the INA oil company Sandor Fasimon about the possible termination of production at the Sisak refinery and said that “the decision, if it exists, has to be additionally analysed to see if it corresponds to INA’s business policy.”

Asked by reporters to comment on Fasimon’s claims, Dalić said that she “hadn’t seen that announcement.” “On the one hand, we are talking about a company that is doing business on the market and the state, as a part owner, expects it to do profitable business and, on the other hand, we expect INA to develop its business and in case of any important decisions, it should take Croatian regulations into account. If that decision exists, it needs to be additionally analysed to see whether it fits into INA’s business policy,” Dalić said.

The new chairman of the board of the INA oil company Sandor Fasimon, speaking in Budapest on Thursday, announced the closure of plants at the Sisak oil refinery, promising that the workers will be taken care of and emphasising that INA must continue its successful performance.

Dalić visited Zadar County on Friday and her first stop was at a vocational school where she said that “after finishing school, children should not only have a future but one that is prosperous.”

“The labour market requires vocational jobs that aren’t just those traditional ones. Like we saw at this school, young people are being taught vocations that are useful for a very contemporary and modern technology. That is certainly one of the essential elements of what we all want and that is a stronger and more stable economic growth and better paid workers and a better living standard,” said Dalić.

In an effort to make vocational careers more attractive, Dalić underscored scholarships for occupations in demand and added that five million kuna had been provided to motivate SMEs to enable students to learn and work at the same time. Unfortunately, not one business in Zadar applied for these incentives.

Zadar County Prefect Božidar Longin said the county had two key development projects that are almost completed – a new polyclinic and a passenger terminal at the Gaženica port and announced that there were several other projects that are being implemented.

“We are working so that we are a county that people are migrating to and not migrating from and for things to take a turn for the better. Data indicates a record high employment in the county. At the end of March, we had about 2,700 more jobs on the year and currently there are about 52,400 people employed in the county, which is a record number since the county was established.

We are constantly building a recognisable tourism product which we are gradually supplementing with tourism in the hinterland and more distant areas, Longin said.


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