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Vote of confidence for Croatia: Lifting of ex ante controls

(12 February 2013)

Vote of confidence for Croatia: Lifting of ex ante controls

Commissioner Hahn has announced in Zagreb the lifting of ex ante controls for 5 EU co-financed programmes, including 3 Regional Policy (Transport, Competiveness and Environment) and 2 pre-accession Enlargement programmes (Cross border and capacity building). The move is seen as a vote of confidence in the Croatian authorities and a validation of the right framework conditions in place in the areas of contracting and public procurement.

"This represents the Croatians flying solo and being treated more like a fully-fledged EU Member State as regards the management of funds.  We remain there to support of course, if assistance is needed.. Now we must see Croatia preparing the strategy for the next financial period 2014-2020, as other countries in the EU are currently doing.

Commission Position Paper for Croatia