Istria County prefect Valter Flego said in Pula on Monday that a strong Istrian economy had been one of his priorities from the start of his term in office and that, in line with that, concrete steps were taken over the past three years to boost the economy, resulting in higher exports, investments and profits as well as more tourist nights and businesses and a decrease in unemployment.
Economically, Istria is Croatia's most developed region, with a 23% higher per capita GDP than the national average, Flego said, adding that Istria was also a record holder in the number of SMEs and that Istrian entrepreneurs recorded the highest profit growth in Croatia in 2015.
"All that proves that Istria is a strong and certainly the most developed and most promising region in Croatia, which is indubitably due to the measures and programmes Istria County is implementing," Flego said, adding that one of the measures is a new credit line offering Istria entrepreneurs the lowest interest on the market (2.4-2.85%).
Last year's lending to businesses resulted in 24 loans totalling HRK 14.3 million, which was used in just six months, so Istria County decided to double lending to HRK 30 million, of which HRK 21 million has already been lent to 25 businesses.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.48)