Finance Minister Maric Feels Confident About Croatian EU Cash Negotiations

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Finance Minister Maric has stated that intensive communication is being undertaken and is currently taking place, with 45 meetings having been held so far with all departments involved in them. 

”Just as it is for all European Union member states, Croatia is obliged to send the final version of the document regarding their payout by the end of April this year,” stated Finance Minister Maric.

“After that, there will be a process of evaluation of the document by the European Commission, and the Council needs to say something on those lines too, and then, accordingly, programmes will be approved for everything that will be written inside it,” he added.

In the Croatian state budget itself, he noted, the vast majority of these funds aren’t there yet and Croatia has no plans to make space for that. However, he added, the country can count on the fact that according to the latest information we have on a thirteen percent advance for the first year of use of the total amount of grants for 2021,” as was reported by HRT.

“Most importantly of all, the document is significant in itself, but its implementation is even more important. Most of them are grants and I think we negotiated it very well and we have an above-average share of grants. For the most part, those 6 billion come from the Recovery and Resilience Fund.

The European Commission’s remarks aren’t only directed towards Croatia, but towards all countries for which the relationship between investment and structural reforms related to recovery must be more evenly coordinated. We’ll use loans if necessary, but of course the focus is on grants,” concluded the Finance Minister Maric before the government.

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