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Croatia is one of 19 EU countries that have been warned by the European Commission for not having transposed into their national laws an EU directive aimed at reducing the cost of establishing a broadband network by 30%.

The EC in March 2013 proposed a number of measures to reduce the cost of establishing high-speed communication networks by 30%. Construction work, such as the digging of trenches to lay cables, account for up to 80% of costs of building infrastructure for the super-fast Internet.

All member states were to have transposed the directive into national laws by 1 January 2016, and the 19 countries that have not done it yet have been given the last warning.

They now have two months to report to the EC on measures they have taken to align their legislation with EU law, otherwise the EC may decide to refer them to the Court of the EU, in line with EU rules on breaches of regulations, as well as propose that they pay fines.

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