The government adopted two draft acts at the regular cabinet session on Thursday which are aimed at streamlining the issuance of building permits and reducing the overall administrative burden in the field of construction and architecture.
Construction and Spatial Planning Minister Predrag Štromar told the cabinet that draft amendments to the legislation governing the construction industry would greatly reduce administrative barriers.
The amendments refer to legislation on chambers of architects and civil and urban planning engineers and would rescind compulsory membership of the chamber for construction site managers, for which, until now, employers have had to pay 1,800 kuna per year.
At the same time, the four chambers which may be impacted by the changes disagree with the proposed changes. They insist that the revocation of mandatory membership for construction site managers would make doing business tougher and increase costs. In the event of paying no fee to the chamber, construction site managers are left without the benefits which the membership brings, such as the coverage of professional indemnity insurance and free legal aid.
Such short comings could also bring into question the quality of the constructed structures, said representatives of the various chambers.
The minister responded to the criticism, saying that some 300 professions and occupations in Croatia were regulated, whereas across the European Union there were 200 regulated professions and occupations on average.