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Cretu says Croatia must accelerate apsorbtion of European funds

The Commissioner also said that for the 2014-2020 period, Croatia would have twice the amount from the previous period at its disposal -- a total of EUR 10.67 billion.

Switzerland gives 21 mn francs for infrastructure development in Gorski Kotar

The Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds on Tuesday signed the first in a series of agreements that are part of a Swiss-Croatian programme of cooperation within the thematic field Environment and Infrastructure. The agreement refers to the development of the Gorski Kotar region, the Ministry said in a statement.

Minister says EU-funded project to restore dignity to Slavonia

The Regional Development and EU Funds Ministry said on Tuesday that the project "Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srijem" had been launched to secure EUR 2.5 billion (HRK 18.75 billion) from EU funds for projects in five Slavonian counties, with Minister Gabrijela Zalac saying that the purpose of the project was to restore dignity to that region, which used to be Croatia's granary.

Nine arrested for stealing EU funds for the needy in Italy

Italian police on Thursday arrested nine people they say conspired to embezzle large amounts of European Union funds meant for needy families in the southern Calabria region.

EUR 7 mln grant ensured for reconstruction of Osijek fortress

An agreement was signed on Friday in Osijek for a 7 million euro (about HRK 52 million) from the Europe Union for a project of educational and information and tourism youth centre in the Osijek fortress with a total value of HRK 66.05 million.

Croatia nearly doubles EU fund absorption in 2016

Since joining the European Union three and a half years ago, Croatia has absorbed 19% of the funds available to it, or a little under EUR 2 billion, while in 2016 it absorbed twice as much as in 2015, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) said on Monday.

Gov't endorses 2016-2022 Waste Management Plan

The government on Thursday endorsed the Waste Management Plan for the period 2016-22 which is based on a circular economy, with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic saying the endorsement was important for absorbing EUR 475 million from the EU Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Programme.

Ministry says EU body confirms Peljesac Bridge project ready

The Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure said on Friday that it had received a notification from JASPERS, an EU body providing assistance in major infrastructure projects, confirming that a project to build a bridge connecting the southern peninsula of Peljesac with the mainland was ready, with acceptable costs of EU co-financing set at EUR 420.3 million.

Work on Dugo Selo-Krizevci and Zabno-Gradec railway lines in full swing

The upgrading of the Dugo Selo - Krizevci railway line and the construction of the Gradec - Sv. Ivan Zabno line are in full swing and both projects are financed by EU funds, Croatia's rail authority, HZ Infrastruktura, said on Wednesday after visiting the two construction sites.

EU funds ministry and HBOR ink contract on financial instrument for SMEs

Croatia's Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) on Wednesday signed an agreement on financing the implementation of the 110 million euro financial instrument "ESIF Loans for Growth and Development".

Dobrovic: We've used EU funds well for environment protection projects

Environmental Protection and Energy Minister Slaven Dobrovic said in Osijek on Tuesday that through the implementation of the Operational Programme Environment 2007-2013, Croatia had absorbed HRK 2.1 billion, which, he said, was a good basis for future projects from the Competitiveness and Cohesion programme.

EC urges Slovenia and Croatia to implement joint energy projects

The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovenia and Croatia implement joint energy projects because their concerted action will facilitate access to European funds, it was said at a conference, The European Investment Plan: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector, held on Monday and organised by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Croatia has EUR 350m available from EU funds for aquaculture development until 2020

Croatia has EUR 350 million available until 2020 for the development of aquaculture and this money must be invested in quality sea projects, the 12th international aquaculture conference heard in Vukovar on Thursday.

EU funds available to private businesses eyeing investment in developing countries

Croatian private entrepreneurs set to make investments in developing countries in Europe or in the Third World can count on schemes defined by the European Commission to boost those investments, it was said a conference in Zagreb on Friday.

Five counties to get 2.5 bln euro from EU funds by 2020

Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Gabrijela Zalac said in the eastern town of Vukovar on Friday that by 2020, 2.5 billion euro from EU funds would be invested in projects in the five counties of the Slavonia region.

Croatia's first freshwater aquarium opens in Karlovac

Aquatika, Croatia's first freshwater aquarium to be built almost entirely with EU funds, was opened in Karlovac on Saturday by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who described the project as "an excellent example of the added value of our EU membership."  

Vrapce hospital gets 68 mln kuna for Forensic Psychiatry Center

An agreement on a grant from EU funds earmarked for the construction of the Forensic Psychiatry Centre, worth HRK 68 million, was signed in Zagreb's Psychiatric Clinic Vrapce on Tuesday.

Many constructions projects, lack of workers

Deputy Infrastructure Minister Miro Skrgatic said in Cavtat on Monday there was no lack of construction projects and that Croatia had EUR 11 billion at its disposal from European Union funds until 2022, adding that the main problems in the sector remained lack of workers and administrative barriers.

Zagreb Zoo reopened after makeover

The Zagreb Zoo was opened for visitors on Sunday after being closed for nearly two years for renovations which included the construction of 10 new facilities and the remodelling of nine and by which the first phase of the Zoo makeover has been completed.

Croatia successful in absorbing EU funds, ministry says

Croatia drew HRK 6.28 billion (EUR 837 million) from EU funds in the first ten months of this year, the largest amount since it was granted access to EU funding, the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds said in a statement on Thursday, citing data from the Ministry of Finance.

Serbia asks EU for more help for migrant crisis

Serbia on Thursday asked the European Union for additional financial support to manage the migrant crisis and to resolve the problem of migrants on its territory, it was said in Belgrade.

Energy renovation projects announced for apartment buildings, schools

Outgoing Construction and Physical Planning Minister Lovro Kuscevic said on Wednesday that the implementation of a programme for the energy renovation of apartment buildings and schools would begin next week.

Croatia absorbs 64% of funds for 2007-2013 by 2016 March end

Until the end of March 2016 Croatia absorbed 64% of EU funding that was available to it for the 2007-2013 programming period, which means that the country should step up the absorption of the remaining funding which must be spent until the end of the year, shows a report by the European Commission on the effects of the cohesion policy in the said programming period.

Zagreb eligible for funds under Integrated Territorial Investment instrument

The City of Zagreb has been selected by the Croatian Regional Development and EU Funds Ministry as one of the cities eligible to be covered by a 345 million euro scheme of non-repayable funds to be provided by the EU Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) mechanism.

New development index presented

A new development index, to come into force at the start of 2017, will include both economic and demographic criteria as a result of which some 50 additional units of local self-government could enter a list of assisted areas and obtain money from EU funds more easily, outgoing Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic said at a news conference on Wednesday.

EU grants totalling EUR 21 mn given to 32 enterprises

A total of 32 entrepreneurial projects have been granted almost HRK 160 million from European Union (EU) funds which will facilitate investments over the next two years with a total value of HRK 640 million, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat and HAMAG-BICRO CEO Vjeran Vrbanec said on Wednesday.

SAFU to use Lithuania's experience in managing EU funds

Following 194 successful twinning projects for other beneficiaries, this is the first time the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (SAFU) is the beneficiary of one such project to improve its own efficiency in managing European funds, it was said at the official presentation of the Standard twinning light project in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Osijek set to streamline public transport system

The City of Osijek and the public transportation utility (GPP) have launched a 100-million-euro project of overhaul and development of the public transportation fleet, and the city authorities and the GPP management are hopeful that at least 85% of the investment will be covered by funds from the European Union.

HRK 380mn to be available for business infrastructure development

A 38-million-kuna tender for the Business Infrastructure Development will be announced in early October, the Croatian caretaker ministers of EU funds and SMEs, Tomislav Tolusic and Darko Horvat, said in Zagreb on Thursday.

Grant agreements inked for EU-funded water management projects

The Hrvatske Vode water management company on Monday signed grant agreements for funding from European Union cohesion funds to be used to finance investments in public water management and sewerage systems as part of the Operational Programme "Environmental Protection" for the period 2007

Development of competence centres project presented in Zadar

The project "Support for the Development of Competence Centres", under which Croatian entrepreneurs and scientists will have access to HRK 785 million from European Union (EU) funds to develop products that will be competitive on the European market, was presented in the central Adriatic city of Zadar on Thursday.

Croatia has absorbed EUR 662M from EU funds YTD

Croatia has absorbed EUR 662 million (approximately 5 billion kuna) from the European Union's funds since the start of this year, and is "in the green" by 3 billion kuna (400 million euros) compared to the amount Zagreb has paid into the EU budget, according to information provided by the Regional Development and EU Funds Ministry on Friday.

Ministers inform Istrian entrepreneurs of support schemes

Croatian entrepreneurs will this year have about three billion kuna at their disposal from European Union structural funds, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts Darko Horvat and Tourism Minister Anton Kliman told Istrian business people on Wednesday at a presentation of planned support programmes.

EUR 105 mln allotted for centres of competence in Croatia

Competence centres aimed at boosting the capacity of Croatia's business sector can count on 105 million euro, and 85% of that amount will be non-repayable funds earmarked by the EU, according to a presentation of those centres held in Osijek on Tuesday.

Remediation of landfill west of Zagreb completed

Remediation works, worth 100 million kuna (EUR 13 million), at the Trebez waste management site outside Samobor, west of Zagreb, was formally completed on Monday, and on that occasion Social Democrat candidate for parliament Mihael Zmajlovic, visited the non-hazardous waste landfill, explaining that this project had been launched during his term as Environment Protection Minister in the former SDP-led government.

Ten rural development projects left without EU funding

Ten rural development projects will not receive HRK 316 million from EU funds because they have been found to contain "artificially created conditions" with the intention of obtaining larger grants, Agriculture Minister Davor Romic and the director of the Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and and Rural Development, Ivan Macanic, said on Monday.

Ministry says nature parks won't lose EU funding

The Regional Development and EU Funds Ministry on Sunday dismissed claims that, by shortening a deadline for European Union projects by national and nature parks, the parks would remain without EU funding.

Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein donate EUR 280,000 for projects with Croatian companies and institutions

Eight contracts for financing bilateral activities under the Financial Mechanisms of Norway and the European Economic Area (EEA), worth over 280,000 euros, were signed in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Sibenik receives 41.5 mln grant to reconstruct fortress

A project to reconstruct the St. Ivan fortress above the central Adriatic town of Sibenik worth a total of HRK 49,145,000 will be co-financed with a grant of HRK 41.5 million from the European Union regional development fund, the Office of the Sibenik Mayor reported on Monday. 

EUR 506m from EU funds drawn in the first six months of this year

In the first six months of this year, Croatia drew EUR 506 million from European Union funds, as against the EUR 545 million drawn over 2015, caretaker Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic said in Cakovec on Wednesday.

Employers' association slams suspension of on-the-job training scheme for young people

The Croatian Employers Association (HUP) does not support the cancellation or suspension of active employment measures such as on-the-job training for young people, HUP said on Tuesday.

EUR 1.85b in European funds secured for youth employment in Croatia

"Over the past 100 days this government has done a lot to draw funds from the EU and in other matters," she told reporters after a government session, adding that Croatia was accredited two days ago.

HRK 867 mln from EU funds available to SMEs in Croatia

The Minister for SMEs, Darko Horvat, said that the ministry had simplified the procedure to make it easier for SMEs to access the funds.

EU-funded project launched to improve mental health in Croatia

A EUR 670,000 twinning project was launched on Wednesday to improve mental health protection in Croatia.

Every other Croatian city hasn't taken a penny from EU funds

Local governments are absorbing more and more money from European funds: from HRK 17 million in 2011 to HRK 134 million in 2014. This, however, is still relatively poor, the IJF notes in an analysis report.

Croatia promoting possibilities for grants under Smart Specialisation Strategy

A permanent call for applications, advertised last week on the ministry's website, relates to grants earmarked for micro, small, medium and large entrepreneurs that will be financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Croatia receives EU accreditation for absorption of EUR 6.9 bn

Tolusic said that the European Commission had "warned of the insufficient number of people in the system," which could lead to failure to absorb EU funds.

Reform measures agreed with coalition partners, says minister

Minister Tolusic and Mayor Bandic spoke with reporters in Zagreb's main square where, together with Tourism Minister Anton Kliman, they jointly promoted the "Products of the Croatian Islands."

Young linguists create Croatian language e-learning website

A group of young linguists from the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences have created a free website for e-learning Croatian as part of the HR4EU project financed from the European Social Fund.

Deal inked on HRK 141.5 mln grant for new dorm in Varazdin

An agreement on a non-repayable grant in the amount of 141.5 million kuna (EUR 18.6 million) from European Union funds for a new dormitory in Varazdin was signed in that northern Croatian city on Monday.

EUR 23.75 mln of EU funds allocated for Rijeka University campus

The 178.6 million kuna has been be withdrawn from the European Regional Development Fund.

Ministry denies reports on non-allocation of funds to non-profit media

The ministry is preparing the advertisement of several programmes within the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020 and has elaborated an indicative annual plan.

HRK 7 mln secured to assist with applications for LIFE programme

The programme is intended for public bodies, private companies and non-governmental organisations registered in the European Union and a call for applications has been announced for May 19.

Karamarko marks start of building works on 147 mln project

The European Union is financing 71% of the project which foresees the construction of a waste water purifier for the population of 25,000, a 35 km sewage network and supporting infrastructure

Procedures to obtain EU funds to be simplified, says minister

"It won't, for example, be necessary to obtain a letter of intent from a bank nor for entrepreneurs to provide a deposit as was the case until now. 

Croatia has EUR 1.8 bn available from EU Social Fund

As part of EU Funds Week, taking place on March 7-11, the Labour and Pension System Ministry on Thursday presented operating programmes for the absorption of money from the (ESF) which foresees 1.8 billion euro for Croatia in the 2016-2020 period.

Opposition MP: How will savings on household allowances be made?

"If you add EU funds to both the revenues and the expenditures side, which are generally neutral, the changes are minimal," Grcic, a deputy prime minister in the previous government, told reporters.

Minister announces simpler procedure of absorbing money from EU funds

Enterprise Minister Darko Horvat announced on Wednesday a simpler procedure for the absorption of money from EU funds.

Agreements inked for EUR 30.6 mn reconstruction of dorms

A co-financing agreement to reconstruct dormitories in Zagreb and Osijek valued at more than 233 million kuna was signed on Tuesday in Zagreb.

Covic calls on Croatia, Bosnia to use European funds

"Regardless of all turbulences, the Croat people will remain in Bosnia. Our objective is to create a climate in which Croats in Bosnia will feel truly equal," Covic said.

Slovenia created 50K jobs with EU funds in 2007-13 financial framework

This will be the hardest year for Slovenia as a member state of the European Union (EU) with regard to absorbing EU funds, even though until now these funds have enabled 50,000 new jobs and all municipalities absorbed the funds, Slovenia's Cohesion Policy Minister Alenka Smerkolj said on Friday.

PM says every option possible to cut budget deficit

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Wednesday the priority regarding this year's budget was to reduce the public debt, adding that attempts would be made to reduce the deficit to three percent of GDP, with every option open and every card on the table.

Study: Central, Eastern EU states are hindering climate goals

Nine central and eastern EU countries are holding back progress on the bloc's climate change ambitions by failing to invest funding from Brussels in green energy sources, according to a study published Tuesday.

President calls for decentralisation, stronger economy

Grabar-Kitarovic said she was surprised by the number of development projects that had been halted in the last few years, stressing that there could be no job creation or progress without such projects.

Croatia receives more from EU budget than contributes to it

In 2015 Croatia paid 3.01 billion kuna or 394 million into the EU budget and received 4.24 billion kuna or 556 million euros from it.

Porec beneficiary of a joint EBRD/EU programme

The EBRD will provide a EUR 4 million loan to the Odvodnja municipal utility company to draw up a comprehensive investment plan for the extension and reconstruction of the local waste water infrastructure

EC Task Force helping Croatia to absorb EU funds

Although it is still too early to say exactly how much money has been saved thanks to this task force, I can say that Slovakia will not lose the funds for this year; the risk has been removed

Cretu: Croatia should intensify work on projects

The aim of the European Union's cohesion policy is to reduce economic and social differences between European regions, and the commissioner believes that ...

Vrdoljak: Croatia should increase capacity to absorb EU funding for R&D

Vrdoljak was speaking at the start of the second national ICT summit "Digital Economy" at the University of Rijeka.

Minister says 90% of funds for Bikarac waste management centre secured

The total investment is worth HRK 180 million and the rest will be secured by Sibenik-Knin County