A summary of the government's 2021-2023 National Recovery and Resilience Plan - the blueprint for the absorption of EU funds designed to help member states recover from the consequences of the pandemic - was presented on Monday at a session of the Economic and Social Council.
Based on the plan, which received wide support from employers and unions alike, Croatia can expect to receive an initial installment from Brussels by August or September.
More details regarding the 6.3 billion euro plan will be presented at Thursday's regular cabinet session.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the first public debate on the plan is expected next month.
"I expect to have a preliminary debate on the plan in parliament around the middle of April. Together with upcoming public consultations, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan should be finished by the end of April and then enter the process of approval. If everything runs smoothly and the council approves the document within 30 days, we can expect an advanced payment of thirteen percent of the total amount," confirmed the prime minister.
Union leader Vilim Ribić said Monday's meeting was held in good fait. "We didn't completely see eye-to-eye, but at the risk of sounding cynical it's not difficult to come to an agreement when there's plenty of money available. We unions have insisted on funding for social aspects, such as removing inequalities in society."
Over the next ten years, Croatia has some 10 billion euros in EU funds at its disposal, including 3.5 million in loans from the Next Generation EU and 12.5 billion from the next seven-year EU budget.