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

“We have gone through the draft National Development Strategy in detail, there are more small details that the departments will add and I expect a public debate to begin at the beginning of November,2 said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković after the meeting.

“They also discussed the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which is necessary and crucial for the use of funds from the Next Generation EU instruments - 9.4 billion euros, which we fought for during the summer. The document will be a reform basis for the withdrawal of funds during the four years ahead,” said Plenković, adding that the documents are different, but complementary.

“The National Development Strategy will be the broadest document valid until 2030 and has a vision of Croatia's development for the next 10 years. At the same time, the recovery and resilience plan is in line with the Government's program and the National Reform Program, but also includes projects. We want the projects we will present to be in a manner that 37% of the projects will be on the track of the Green Plan, green projects, green economy, and the other 20 percent related to digitalization,” said the Prime Minister.

He added that the funds, amounting to 22 billion euros, are an opportunity for a quick and strong economic recovery.

He also recalled that Croatia received 683 million euros from the EU Solidarity Fund for the reconstruction of Zagreb after the earthquake, and pointed out that he would try to include the reconstruction of the city as one of the priorities in the plan for economic recovery and resilience.

He added that this document should be completed by April at the latest.

The Prime Minister also referred to today's record number of newly infected with the coronavirus saying that the National Civil Protection Headquarters would prepare new measures tomorrow in order to curb the spread of the infection.

“The measures will be aimed at reducing the number of people at public gatherings,” he said and appealed to the responsibility of fellow citizens, saying that the spread of the coronavirus can be reduced only by the maximum responsibility of each individual.

“We can suppress the coronavirus with the responsibility of each individual. If we want the economy and social life to continue, we must show responsibility towards ourselves and others,” said Plenković.

The Prime Minister also recalled that this week the Government made a decision on work from home for those who have been prescribed self-isolation and will have to see what can still be done to reduce the risks of infection in the workplace.

 When asked if he had read the new post by President Zoran Milanović on Facebook, he said that they had been in the Government offices for 6 hours, that they were dealing with Croatia's future, health, and economy, and that he had not had time to read new posts.

“If Milanović has nothing to do, we do,” said the Prime Minister.

Source: HRT