Future Cohesion Policy in Croatia – Position Paper of the European Commission

The European Commission has recently presented Croatian authorities with a Position Paper on the development of the Partnership Agreement and programmes for the period 2014-2020. The document will serve as framework for dialogue and negotiation between Brussels and Zagreb. The Position Paper outlines Croatia’s most pressing challenges and proposes four complementary and mutually reinforcing funding priorities.

Main challenges

  • Under-development of knowledge-based factors of growth and insufficient infrastructure;
  • Low labour market participation, particularly of the youth, an inefficient education system and a difficult social situation.
  • Challenges related to protecting the environment, preserving the natural heritage and adapting to climate change.
  • Inefficient public governance on central and local level and weak involvement of civil and social partners.


Priorities for funding

1. Strengthening the competitiveness of the economy

  • Strengthening Croatia’s innovation profile through smart specialization;
  • Supporting the modernisation and competitiveness of enterprises;
  • The extension and upgrading of the transport and ICT infrastructure.

2. Increasing labour market participation, ensure better education and skills and reduce poverty taking into account regional differences

  • Significantly enhance the labour market participation of the most vulnerable groups, particularly women, older workers, and the long term unemployed;
  • Increase the employment of young people;
  • Improve the level of skills of the population; address the challenge of matching labour market demand with supply, improve vocational education and training outcomes and enhance participation in the education system;
  •  Improve social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including elderly, children, persons with disabilities and Roma;
  • Reduce discrimination;
  • Ensure high quality, accessible and decentralized social and health services and invest in basic services for the rural population

3. Preserving and maintaining a healthy environment and protecting the natural resources and heritage, and adapting to climate change

4. Strengthening the administrative capacity, enhancing an efficient public administration and increasing the involvement of civil society and social partners

  • Develop and effective and efficient public administration;
  • Strengthen the capacity of social partners and civil society organisations to be involved in policy-making and policy delivery.

Full Position Paper available here.

Source: European Commision