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Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Monday that in drawing up the state budget for 2017, the government would, apart from the national methodology, also take into account the ESA 2010 methodology so that Croatia could be compared with other EU member states.

Maric said this during a debate on the draft 2016 budget at a session of the parliamentary finance committee.

He underscored that when classifying the general government Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, included some institutions that in Croatia were not yet prepared to conduct budgetary bookkeeping. "We still need to build that technical aspect and we will certainly do so and we can count on making that step forward with the next budget," Maric said.

He underscored that when it came to transparency, a step forward was made in the 2016 draft budget and that obligations of those institutions had been included.

The Committee adopted the draft budget with only one abstention vote -- that of Bridge MP Ivan Lovrinic. The session was not attended by representatives of the Opposition's Social Democratic Party (SDP) who excused themselves saying that their caucus had a session at the same time.

Lovrinic said the budget had been drawn up in a very short time, in an atmosphere of a slow government formation and problems in the society and the economy.

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