Croatian Parliament adopts development strategy until 2030

2021-02-05 21:36:42 GMT2021-02-06 05:36:42(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

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ZAGREB, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Croatian Parliament on Friday adopted the country's National Development Strategy 2030.

The plan was supported by 77 members of the ruling coalition, while 59 votes were cast against by the opposition.

"We want Croatia to be a competitive, innovative and secure country in 2030, with a recognizable identity and culture, a country of preserved resources, quality living conditions and equal opportunities for all," Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in the parliament.

The strategy envisages that Croatia will approach 75 percent of the average standard of living in Europe in ten years

It also predicts that in 2030, a quarter of Croatia's population will be older than 65, and says that the challenge is to raise the employment rate to 75 percent, because now only 67 percent of the population aged 20 to 65 are on the labor market.

In the coming years, the state, which owns 1,100 businesses and about a million housing units, should sell much of these or rehabilitate unused property.

The goal is for the country to qualify for the World Economic Forum's list of top 45 most competitive countries. To this end, the country plans to allocate three percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to research and development in the next twenty years.

The strategy also envisages the depoliticization of public administration, the implementation of significant reforms of the judicial system and the digitalization of the public sector. Enditem