Certain steps forward have been made in the implementation of the National Reform Programme for this year, but due to limited activities of the caretaker government there was no significant progress, read the report adopted at the last session of the Tihomir Oreskovic cabinet, held on Wednesday.
The report notes that decisions on limiting the number of employees in state and public services have been implemented, the records of state property have been updated, the action plan to reduce administrative burden has been drawn up, the list of non-tax levies to be revoked or reduced this or next year has been drafted, etc.
Activities that require additional effort, according to the report, are the reduction of fiscal risks in the health system, the streamlining of the system and public administration, the improvement of the pension system sustainability, the improvement of the efficiency of the social allowance system. the adjustment of education programmes with market needs, etc.
At its final session, the government approved a payment of part of the total of 122 million kuna to the State Election Commission for the implementation of the recent parliamentary election. So far, the commission received a total of HRK 20 million in two instalments. The third instalment, greenlighted today, amounts to HRK 67.5 million.
The government also decided to launch the proceedings for signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a proposed free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.
Approximately a dozen activists gathered outside the government building to protest against the agreement with Canada.