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The civil society association called "Pametno" ("Smart") has warned that Croatia failed to incorporate three European Union directives on concessions and public procurement by 18 April this year, which is why Croatia is facing penalties from the European Commission.

The association recalls that this is about Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts, Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement and Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors.

Member-states had more than two years to embed those directives in the national legislation, and therefore it is surprising that Croatia is late, the association said in a press release on Tuesday.

It also notes that Croatia urgently needs to change its public procurement system and calls on the government to start doing its job.

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