Investment in education, science and research, labour and welfare legislation, healthcare and post-earthquake reconstruction is estimated at HRK 18 billion.
The plan will contribute to the development of a quality education and science system, the stimulation of excellence and innovativeness in children, youth and scientists, and the creation of new and innovative employment policies, Plenković told press.
The plan will also contribute to enhancing the pension system, to quality social protection, the modernisation of healthcare, and to energy-efficient and earthquake-resistant buildings, for which additional funds have been ensured, he said.
Modernising science and education system for more resilient economy
The government plans to reform the education system and raise research and innovation capacities, strengthening scientific excellence and stimulating open science and cooperation with the business sector.
The plan also envisages raising the quality of vocational programmes relevant to the labour market. Another objective is to increase investment in the research infrastructure, strengthening Croatia’s innovativeness.
Investment in education, science and research is estimated at HRK 7.5 billion.
Increasing employability of all age groups
The general objective of the labour market and welfare component is to keep workers employed and increase the employment rate, create prerequisites for job creation, reduce unemployment and curb unreported labour.
The plan aims to facilitate access to adult education and reduce in-work poverty by redefining minimum wage and ensuring just pay.
The government plans to improve the pension system by increasing pension adequacy as well as the social welfare system by reducing poverty risk and social exclusion and ensuring additional and better accommodation in care homes.
Investment in the labour market and welfare is estimated at over HRK 2 billion.
Increasing healthcare system’s resilience
As for the healthcare component, goals include strengthening the system so that it can respond to the challenges posed by chronic non-infectious and emerging infectious diseases and ensuring accessible and quality healthcare, said Health Minister Vili Beroš.
The system will be modernised, among other things, through accelerated digitalisation and the application of new methods and technologies, hospitals will be functionally integrated, while the reduction of their number and the expansion of public procurement is expected to cut costs and markedly improve the financial viability of the system.
Investment in the healthcare component is estimated at over HRK 2.5 billion.
Full transformation of building sector
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan also envisages the reconstruction of buildings, also as a contribution to economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, reducing the environmental impact of energy consumption and pollution, and increasing the energy efficiency of buildings.
Other goals include meeting climate targets, efficient and coordinated post-earthquake reconstruction and increasing earthquake-resistant construction.
Investment in this component is envisaged at nearly HRK 6 billion.
(€1 = HRK 7.5)
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