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Večernji list - Croatia | Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Croatia must spend money it gets from EU

Croatia called up a mere 59 percent of the EU funding earmarked for it in its financial framework for 2007 to 2013, meaning that the newest member brought up the rear in this respect. In view of the disastrous state of the Croatian economy this is unacceptable, the conservative daily Večernji list rails: "One of the reasons for this poor performance is that the previous governments didn't focus on EU funding but preferred to waste all their efforts on pointless ideological conflicts. … And in the coming years things will only get worse when, with a budget of 1.5 billion euros per year, even more money is at our disposal. There's plenty of money available, but there's no one who can spend it. It takes big projects to extract money from Brussels' coffers. But Croatia has too few projects and those that it has launched are only being implemented very slowly."

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