Making Croatia competitive with EU cohesion policy
Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn is in Zagreb to meet business representatives, key parliamentary committees and senior members of government; and to set out the opportunities future EU Regional Policy offer the country, as well as the challenges ahead. Regional funds will make up 70% of Croatia's public investment once the country joins the EU on 1st July. That represents around €1bn for jobs and growth – which must be targeted on key identified sectors to ensure effective and efficient use of the investment.
On the subject of a tighter focus on fewer priorities – the watchwords of the reformed policy, Commission Hahn is officially opening a ‘Smart Specialisation’ seminar for local stakeholders and business, but also for representatives from Austria and Slovenia. It will explore the areas in which Croatia can get tangible results and help meet the goals of the EU’s growth agenda, Europe 2020; but also set the scene for the drawing up of Croatia’s Partnership Agreement, due for the end of the year.