The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party's economic coordinator Domagoj Ivan Milosevic said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic had wrongfully portrayed Croatia's progress in the World Bank's Doing Business ranking as an improvement in business conditions in Croatia.
"I wish the business conditions in Croatia had indeed changed. Unfortunately, only the World Bank's methodology changed," Milosevic told a press conference.
Croatia has been ranked 40th among 189 countries covered by the World Bank's Doing Business 2016 report, which Prime Minister Milanovic said shows that Croatia is a good place for doing business and that it has remained a welfare state.
Milosevic noted that the bank's exports calculation methodology had also changed, adding that on joining the EU in mid-2013 Croatia had recorded incredible amounts of commodity exports while it had not actually produced those commodities, citing banana exports
"Even if the World Bank's figures were true, a logical question arises as to why enterprises are complaining that doing business in Croatia continues to be difficult because of unpredictability of laws and taxes, why there have been no strategic investments in the last four years. We can see that investments have even declined over the past year," Milosevic said.
Commenting on the prime minister's statement that Croatia today was an enterprising and welfare state, Milosevic said that it perhaps was a welfare state "but for the thousands of the Social Democratic Party's members hired in the public sector in recent years."