Croatia could draw up to EUR 70 mln from EU funds for labour market
The conference "Croatia's Labour and Social Policy in the European Union Context" was organised so that Croatia could prepare better for nominating projects for the EU's social and cohesion funds from which it could withdraw up to EUR 70 million, it was said at the opening of the two-day conference in Zagreb on Tuesday.
Youth and Social Policy Minister Milanka Opacic said that once Croatia joined the bloc, EU funds with more generous funding would be available to it so the country needed to prepare projects on time.
Labour Minister Mirando Mrsic said this was the beginning of Croatia's new path requiring the restoration of business ethics.
European Commission representative Zoltan Kazatsay said Croatia must build a well-functioning system and structures to draw EU funds, notably for its labour market which he said could receive significant funds intended for all participants - from employers to workers and all those involved in the employment process.