Croatian entrepreneurs will this year have about three billion kuna at their disposal from European Union structural funds, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat and Tourism Minister Anton Kliman told Istrian business people on Wednesday at a presentation of planned support programmes.
The E-impuls scheme will offer HRK 250 million for small businesses, Horvat said, adding that preparations for a tender for these funds are in their final phase and will be advertised in about a fortnight. Support is earmarked for women entrepreneurs and start-ups, young entrepreneurs and disabled persons as well as Croatian veterans.
Once we have rounded off everything we planned for this year, Croatian entrepreneurs will have access to more than HRK 3 billion, Horvat said.
He explained that the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) will provide loans ranging from 1,000 to 25,000 euro and loans ranging from 25,000 to 50,000 euro with state support in the amount of 80% of the loans issued.
Minister Kliman explained that SMEs were exceptionally important in developing tourism. The ministry has launched an initiative with the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) to re-categorise private accommodation and HRK 400 million has been set aside for that initiative, he said.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.5)