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EU pledges EUR 80 mn for Serbia's public administration reform

The European Union and Serbia, in Belgrade on Monday, signed a EUR 80 million agreement for the reform of the country's public administration.

Minister: Croatia to continue helping Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"The reason we are here is that we want to facilitate the absorption of EU funds as well as help Bosnia and Herzegovina, notably the Croat people here, prepare for accession to the EU," Sustar told reporters in Citluk.

Jokic: There were no legislative, financial preconditions to implement curriculum reform

We did not get the answer as to whether the reform would be launched, when, if there was money for it, and if there were laws necessary to implement it, so there was nothing else we could do but ask to be relieved of our duties, said Jokic.

Curriculum reform initiative slams outgoing education minister

The Initiative said that during the upcoming election campaign it would request that those running for office stress the importance of the education reform and present plans to continue with the integral curriculum reform as planned and with the same team.

Protesters urge continuation of curricular reform, early election

Several hundred citizens, including leaders of some trade unions and numerous members of expert groups working on the curricular reform, said the current government was ignoring the reform.

Croatia Can Do Better initiative says education minister must step down

It called on Sustar to step down, noting that citizens wanted the parliament to adopt conclusions supporting the reform, the expert team and the reform model.

Minister says comprehensive curricular reform too important to be personalised

The curricular reform is too important to be politicised and personalised as it is a system that will be in force for many years, the minister said, calling on all participants in the process "to show more patience and cooperation."

Thousands attend protest of support for curricular reform

Thousands of citizens, concerned about the possible discontinuation of an integral curricular reform over political pressure, gathered for a protest of support for the reform in Zagreb's central Ban Josip Jelacic Square on Wednesday.

Over 300 organisations support curricular reform protest

About six hours before a protest in Zagreb in support of a curricular reform scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday, about 15 Croats living in Shanghai rallied to voice their support and send an important message from the other side of the world.

Expert team asks political parties not to claim curricular reform for themselves

"From the very beginning the reform was devised as a national project and place of true unity and dialogue, and participating experts are people of very different worldviews," reads a statement signed by Boris Jokic,

HNS MP calls for support to curricular reform

Member of Parliament Anka Mrak Taritas of the opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) on Tuesday called on the parliament to give the integral curricular reform a chance, which, she said, would ensure a more meaningful and useful education for children.

HSS expects Jokic, his team to continue work on curricular reform

The HSS said that acceptable objections and new proposals put forward in a public and expert debate on the reform should definitely be included in curriculum documents before the implementation of the reform or during its experimental stage.

President calls for continuation of curriculum reform

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic issued a letter to the public on Sunday calling for the continuation of the curriculum reform.

Sustar calls on Jokic and his team to return and complete work on curriculum reform

Science, Education and Sport Minister Predrag Sustar on Friday called on the head of the task force for comprehensive curriculum reform, Boris Jokic, and his team to return and complete their work on the reform.

14,500 sign petition supporting curricular reform team, protest announced

More than 14,000 people have signed an online petition, launched on Wednesday, after a national team of experts in charge of an integral curricular reform tendered their irrevocable resignations over political pressure.

Minister says won't relieve curricular reform expert team of duty, gov't supports reform

Earlier in the day Jokic and his team tendered irrevocable resignations due to political pressure, saying their decision was final and non-negotiable.

Resignation of curricular reform team elicits strong reactions

"Instead of discussing progress and life-long learning as a must in the 21st century, Croatia is unfortunately experiencing the termination of one of the most important reforms," said the party.

Curricular reform working group resigns over political pressure

The head of a team of experts working on an integral curricular reform, Boris Jokic, and his team on Wednesday tendered irrevocable resignations due to political pressure, saying their decision was final and non-negotiable.

Curricular reform working group asks to be relieved of duty

"We don't have the impression that there is support and trust in us as a group. We were always for dialogue, we wanted and were ready to expand the group. But we can't and won't ever agree to political influence, either from the left, the right or the centre,"

EC: Growth to depend on reform implementation

The Commission was surprised by a 22% drop in Croatian public investment in the fourth quarter of 2015, as a result of which the budget deficit decreased more than had been expected and growth was lower.  

Gov't to adopt national reform programme on Thursday

At a session to be held on Thursday, the Croatian government will adopt a national reform programme which is designed to tackle the three biggest problems of the country's public finances - public companies and the pension and health systems.

Everyone will be welfare case unless pension system is reformed, minister says

Labour and Pension System Minister Nada Sikic said on Friday that the current pension system was untenable and that, unless it was reformed, everyone might become a welfare case when they retired.

PM says tensions in government growing pains

We openly and transparently invited our partners to talks last week. We openly discussed our plans with trade unions and presented our reform plan. It has already been leaked to the public, but that's okay.

Platforma 112: Authors of curricular reform under pressure from far-right camp

The civil society association Platforma 112 said at a news conference on Tuesday that loud and aggressive yet unfounded criticisms of persons involved in the making of the draft curricular reform actually constituted a fight for political power of the far-right camp. 

Minister: No 'strictly confidential' document on health reform

The news website Index today published "strictly confidential documents on the health reform" which it claims were made by a private insurance company and which the government intends to use as a basis for the health reform.

FinMin says tax reform proposal to be put forward in few months

"Now we are not ready for that, but after an analysis is done, in about four to five months, I believe that we should be ready for an integral solution for the tax system," said Maric, adding that he was not in favour of any radical solutions.

Govt. to set up 3 commissions to reform public administration

In order to facilitate the implementation of reforms aimed at improving the public administration system, the government adopted a decision on Thursday to set up three commissions

Minister, county prefects advocate dialogue on public administration reform

The ministry and the government are focused on public administration, state administration, local and regional self-government units. Our goal is to have an efficient public administration which will provide citizens and the economy with an efficient service.

S&P reaffirms Croatia's ratings, negative outlook

The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's on Friday affirmed its 'BB' long-term and 'B' short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Croatia. The outlook remained negative.

Bridge: We continue to insist on reforms

The main purpose of such an agreement will be to set out reforms that are to be implemented and to define time limits for their implementation and evaluation, the party said in a statement.

HDZ, Bridge in "mild dispute" only on primary waste selection

"We have the same interest, firm and common family farming, the farmland issue, direct payments, rural development," said Krunoslav Zmaic, chair of the HDZ Agriculture Committee.

Bridge presents reform demands for agriculture, environment, energy

As for reform demands in the sector of energy, Bridge wants a new energy strategy with implementing documents to be made in the first quarter of next year to make energy serve the economy.