18:23 / 24.04.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

President calls for transparency regarding national recovery plan

(Photo: Emica Elvedji/PIXSELL)

(Photo: Emica Elvedji/PIXSELL)

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President Zoran Milanović said on Saturday that the recent presentation of the government's National Recovery and Resilience Plan was not sufficiently transparent.

The president continued by saying the public lacked precise information on exactly how Croatia would spend the billions of euros in EU funds the country is set to receive.

"That is a problem because it erodes the little trust that exists between citizens and the EU and that link - having information about what the money will be spent on - is very important," said Milanović.

Having information on projects on which EU money will be spent is important to dispel suspicions of misappropriation, he said, adding that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan should be available to a larger number of people.

For his part, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said details regarding the Recovery plan were still being worked out, but that the document laid the groundwork for Croatia to receive 10 billions euros in grants and favourable loans.

"Our challenge now is to complete this document and send it to the European Commission so that it can be approved by the various European institutions," said Marić. Afterwards, focus would be placed on implementing the plan.

"This year we expect to receive 800 million euros, which is around 13% of the total, or 6.1 billion kuna," added the minister.

When presenting the plan earlier this month, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that in order to obtain money from the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility, Croatia must first implement reforms, because the money would not be given unconditionally or without any criteria.

Source: HRT

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