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Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that a warning the European Commission gave Croatia, for not having transposed into its laws an EU directive aimed at reducing by 30% the cost of establishing a broadband network, should be handled by the caretaker government.

Croatia is one of 19 EU countries that have been warned. They should have transposed the directive into national laws by 1 January 2016, by the Commission for not having transposed into their national laws an EU directive aimed at reducing the cost of establishing a broadband network by 30%. Now they have two months to report to the Commission on measures they have taken to align their legislation with EU law.

Responding to question from the press, Plenkovic said the matter should be dealt with by the caretaker government and that he would state his position when the time came.

Caretaker Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said the question was what the outgoing or any government could do about it.

"We are a market-welfare economy," he said, adding that the government was trying to cut taxes and that this "will be a clear signal... to other segments of the Croatian economy that they can make an additional step forward... in that direction. I think these recommendations from the European Commission are a clear signal... on that front."

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