(Photo: HRT) (Photo: HRT)

The economic action plan, worth nearly 630 million kunas, is expected to increase the competitiveness of the Croatian economy by reducing excessive bureaucracy and non-tax expenses.

"In 2019, we will focus more on relieving the problems which plagued Croatian businesses in 2017 and 2018. We will also bring the focus back onto the businesses which contribute the most to the state budget and those which should be the backbone of the Croatian economy, and those are micro, small, and medium-sized businesses," said Economy Minister Darko Horvat on Croatian Television.

For his part, Davor Majetić from the Croatian Employers' Association said the Croatian legal system was so massive and overburdened that it "looks a bit like Frankenstein." "What we need to do is perform some plastic surgery on this monster in order to make it look as presentable as possible - with the end goal of raising the competitiveness of our economy.

Majetić said the action plan involved well over three-hundred measures. This, he said, meant that over three-hundred improvements were made to the "system in which we live and work."

Source: HRT