Croatian politicians have been struggling to find a solution to the country’s negative demographic trend, which is being worsened by youth emigration.
On the basis of a proposal from Croatia, the European Union's strategic program for the next five years will, for the first time ever, include financial aid for demographic renewal. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday that demographics renewal was not a concern for Croatia alone.
”Fourteen EU member countries have a negative natural population growth, meaning they have the same problem we do. And we have succeeded in putting this issue in this strategic document, in spite of the fact that this is an issue that falls under the authority of individual member states,” the prime minister said.
Plenković added that this success would open the door to finding serious solutions to the EU-wide problem of population decline. “The fact that our proposal has been included now gives us a basis on which to seek European level aid for the concrete resolving of this problem. I think this is a very important achievement.”