The Croatian government on Wednesday unanimously decided on the conditions of the use of official cars, mobile phones, credit cards, entertainment funds and official travel.
Explaining the decision at a Cabinet meeting, Public Administration Minister Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic of the Bridge party said briefly that its purpose was to ensure the economic and effective use of budgetary funds.
Labour and Pension Minister Nada Sikic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said that although she had signed the decision on behalf of her ministry, she considered it "extremely populist and unnecessary".
The decision introduces monthly limits on the use of official mobile phones for different categories of civil servants. Air travel will be allowed for official purposes only, based on a travel order, and office holders will be allowed to stay in hotels of up to four stars. The use of official credit cards will be allowed for official purposes only and the use of chauffeured vehicles will be limited.