He met with Osijek-Baranja County head Ivan Anušić, Osijek Mayor Ivan Radić and Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Nataša Tramišak.
Speaking to the press afterwards, he said Slavonia and Baranja-County for many years were seen in a negative light due to political instability, emigration and economic stagnation.
Now, he added, a lot of money from the state budget and EU funds is coming here and the effects on the quality of life are visible.
Money is being invested in infrastructure and logistics projects as well in agriculture, the economy and science, Jandroković said, adding that today’s meeting also discussed sports development, the IT sector in Osijek, and the further strengthening of the cooperation between the state and local levels.
When there is political stability and the city and the county function, that cooperation is much stronger, he said.
As a member of the EU and soon-to-be member of the euro and Schengen areas, Croatia is significantly changing its position, which impacts counties and region, he added.
Tramišak said HRK 7.6 billion was being invested in economic, municipal, health and school projects.
Croatia’s east has proven that it can be more progressive in terms of the economy and development and to attract people to live there, she said, adding that the programming process had ended and a partnership agreement was sent to the European Commission yesterday for approval.
This means new funds and opportunities for enterprise and much higher aid for those who want to start a business here, Tramišak said.
Prefect Anušić said that under parliament’s recent change of statistical regions, Osijek-Baranja County was now part of the Pannonian Region and that this facilitated development and EU fund absorption.
Mayor Ivan Radić said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s visit yesterday and Jandroković’s today showed how much attention was being paid to eastern Croatia.
We have very good tourism results as well as good economic and demographic indicators, he added.
Tonight, Jandroković will open the 22nd Osijek Summer of Culture.
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