17:24 / 03.07.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

European Commission president to visit Zagreb next week

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Foto: Lafargue Raphael / ABACA/PIXSELL

The European Commission announced on Friday that President Ursula von der Leyen would visit Croatia next week to personally present a positive assessment of the national recovery and resilience plan.

President von der Leyen has decided to personally deliver the national recovery and resilience plan to each of the 27 member states.

Croatia's plan has been given the green light by the Commission sooner that expected considering that Croatia was among five EU member states that requested an extension to the submission deadline.

Now that the national plans for member states have been approved by the Commission, they will be sent to the Council of the EU for approval and then each member state can count on an immediate payment of thirteen percent of their allocation from the NextGenerationEU recovery and resilience fund.

Croatia has 6.3 billion euros in grants and a further 3.6 billion in possible loans available from the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Croatia's plan consists of five components: a green and digital economy; public administration and judiciary; education, science, research; labour market and social welfare; and health.

The plan also includes measures to improve the business environment, education, research and development, energy efficiency of buildings, transport with zero green-house emissions and developing renewable energy sources.

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