“When you pay everything, when you absorb everything, when you remove the money for agriculture, which is actually a social fund for the preservation of agriculture which will last as long as France wants it to, that’s HRK 2 billion a year, that’s one-fifth of Zagreb’s budget… that’s too little,” he said in Trogir at a meeting of the Town Council organised on the occasion of the day of the coastal town.
Milanović said the Recovery and Resilience Facility was something “where the funds are intended for us and we are yet to absorb them, or not.”
“That’s a huge test, for the administration first of all,” he said, calling on the people of Trogir to “fight for that money.”
In a dozen years, Trogir will not have fewer people than now, unlike some parts of Croatia which will, just like Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he said did not have just fewer Croats, but Serbs and Bosniaks as well.
“Those are trends which are almost impossible to stop,” he said, but added that it was wrong “to give in to a moral panic and create the impression and pressure as if we were disappearing. That’s very far from the truth.”
He said that demographically, “we will revolve around the level we have reached for another hundred years.”
“It’s up to us to make life good today and to plan clearly like in the army, which is not being done, what will be in five or ten years. That includes money.”
Milanović said the absorption of EU funds was a measure of success. We entered the EU and surrendered some of our natural and state rights and we did that consciously because nobody forced us, he added.
(€1 = HRK 7.5)
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