Croatia shouldn't blindly follow EC directives, says enterprise minister

Entrepreneurship Minister Darko Horvat said on Thursday there was a consensus to build a floating LNG terminal on the northern Adriatic island of Krk, adding that Croatia should not blindly follow every European Commission directive.

Over the past month, the government has been intensively talking about the terminal, with a desire to adopt a political decision and start building one that will satisfy the needs of Croatia and its neighbours, Horvat said at the 15th Gas Forum, adding that the floating terminal could be put to use in two years' time.

As for potential investors, he said many in the gas business wanted the terminal to be located on Krk but that the government would decide how to approach the investment.

Horvat said Croatia was too subject to European Commission directives and that Croatia should say that it had its own energy policy. He said his ministry wanted the same terms to apply to Croatian entrepreneurs on the Croatian market as they did to foreign companies who operated in Croatia.

"If Austria, Germany, Italy or Hungary can oppose some decisions adopted in Brussels, I think we we too have something to say on the matter, but the question is do we dare to," he said, adding that until Croatia started opposing some European Commission decisions, "we will be neither local nor regional players and won't be utilising Croatia's strategic position in the transit of fuels, let alone its production force."

Last update: Thu, 14/04/2016 - 13:17

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