19:35 / 10.05.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Croatia nearing latest grant payment from NextGenerationEU

European Commission

European Commission

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The European Commission on Tuesday endorsed a positive preliminary assessment of Croatia's payment request for €700 million in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

"I have good news for Croatia: as soon as Member States give their green light, it will receive €700 million in grants under NextGenerationEU. Croatia has made swift progress in implementing the reforms and investments of its national recovery plan," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

Croatia, she added, "has taken important steps to strengthen the labour market and enhance social protection… adopted a national program for the energy renovation of buildings and a plan to improve road safety. This is the first payment, and more will come. So keep up the good work and congratulations!"

On 15 March, Croatia submitted to the Commission a payment request based on the achievement of the 33 milestones and one target selected in the Council Implementing Decision for the first installment. They cover reforms in health, social policy, adult education, public administration, anti-corruption, fiscal, audit and control, anti-money laundering, energy, transport, water, and waste management as well as energy efficiency of buildings.

The Croatian authorities provided detailed and comprehensive evidence demonstrating the fulfillment of the 34 milestones and targets. The Commission has thoroughly assessed this information before presenting its positive preliminary assessment of the payment request.

The Croatian recovery and resilience plan includes a wide range of investment and reform measures in six thematic components. The plan will be supported by up to €6.3 billion in grants, 13% of which (€818 million) was disbursed to Croatia in pre-financing on 28 September 2021.

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