New Statistics Subdivision to Improve EU Funds Usage?

By 15 January 2019

ZAGREB, January 15, 2019 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković held a meeting on Tuesday with representatives of the associations of Croatian counties, municipalities and cities for the talks on a new subdivision of Croatia for statistical purposes as envisaged by the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) developed and regulated by the European Union for the purposes of EU funds usage.

Plenković said that his cabinet was open to suggestions and proposals, noting that the existing statistical subdivision of Croatia into two NUTS statistical regions was made in 2012. Many debates have been held since then about whether this division is good or bad.

"We are currently considering new proposals for the statistical subdivision. At the initiative of the Regional Development and the EU Funds Ministry, we have engaged the Institute for Development and International Relations to prepare an expert assessment that can help us in the new circumstances and based on the acquired experience from the past five-six years to make a decision that is supposed to connect the subdivision of regions to the highest extent with the future 20121-2027 financial perspective," said Plenković.

The purpose of today's meeting is to consult county heads who have an insight into the state of affairs and are well acquainted with this topic, he added.

In attendance were a few cabinet ministers and Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Gabrijela Žalac made a presentation on this topic concerning NUTS regions.

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