There is room for stronger economic cooperation between Croatia and France, notably in energy, transport, and environmental protection, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said after meeting with a delegation from French Employers' Association in Zagreb on Monday.
Some of these French companies are already present on the Croatian market, while some are interested in investing in the Croatian economy, in particular in renewable energy, the green and digital transition, transport, and environmental protection, Marić said.
He said that there was an interest in various aspects of cooperation, with emphasis on the use of EU funds and the areas covered by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
The meeting also focused on political aspects of cooperation, including the planned purchase of French Rafale fighter jets for the Croatian Air Force, and the possibility of an upcoming visit by French President Emmanuel Macron.
The French are the ninth-largest investors in Croatia, Marić said, citing the Istria motorway project and the Zagreb airport project.
Marić said that they also discussed the investment environment in Croatia, noting that the government has embarked on tax reform and consolidation of public finance to improve the business climate.
Marić said that great emphasis was also on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and Croatia's aspirations to join the Schengen area and eurozone, which he said would also help increase the interest of investors.
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