Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: HRT) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: HRT)

The 142-page document sets out the country's long-term development directions and strategic goals, and is the basis for shaping all public policies, as well as agreements with the European Commission for the new financial period.

"So far, Croatia has had about 200 strategic documents, this is the basic document of the vision and direction in which Croatia is going," said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

“The aims of the strategy are to recognize Croatia's development potentials, reduce the economic and social consequences caused by the global crisis, and to stimulate economic recovery as quickly as possible. To ensure sustainable and stable development of Croatia in this decade and continuously increase the quality of life for our citizens and ensure everyone equal opportunities throughout Croatia,” said the Prime Minister.

Minister of Regional Development and European Funds Nataša Tramišak explained what we want to achieve.

“Increase the gross GDP per capita from an initial 65°% value in 2019, to a targeted value that we have set at 75%. We also want to increase the employment rate of the population from 20 to 64 years of age, from 66.7% to 75%. We want to increase the ranking of the Republic of Croatia, according to the index of global competitiveness, from 63rd place to 45th place or better. We aim to increase the value of export goods and services in relation to a percentage of the GDP, from 52.3% to a level of 70%,” said Tramišak.

The government, among other things, wants to reduce the percentage of people at risk of poverty, increase labor productivity in agriculture, and reach the EU average in green, economic and digital transition. Tramišak believes that the figures are ambitious, but realistic and achievable.

A public debate on the Strategy will take place over the next two months. At the same time, the drafting of the National Recovery Plan, a key document for the withdrawal of 9.4 billion euros from the Fund for Recovery following the crisis caused by the pandemic, is underway, and it will be in line with the presented strategy.

Source: HRT