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European Social Fund Plus

Investing in skills and jobs for the green transition in Croatia

Diocletian's palace in Croatia
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€179 million from the Just Transition Fund (JTF) will be invested in Croatia thanks to the approval of a multi-fund programme under Cohesion Policy. The Fund will support the counties of Istria and Sisak-Moslavina in delivering a just climate transition based on the Territorial Just Transition Plans developed by the national authorities, in cooperation with local stakeholders and the Commission.

Investments will help diversify the economy thanks to reskilling and upskilling activities, the creation of hubs for sustainable technological innovation and new circular business models in the manufacturing sector. The EU-supported investments in Istria are estimated to create 300 direct and 300 indirect jobs, and to reskill 200 people, adapting the local workforce to new green jobs and providing local firms with the skills they need for economic transformation.

Sisak-Moslavina has highly polluting industries which account for a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions. The Fund will support economic diversification by investing in the uptake of innovations by small and medium-sized businesses, including through collaborations with universities, and incentivising new business models, with a particular focus on the Information and Communications Technologies industry. Finally, it will also support the reskilling and upskilling of workers in the local chemical and refining industries, thus helping to retain talents in the region.

These measures are additional to ESF+ activities as part of 2023’s European Year of Skills.