Friday, 20. December 2013 - 16:12
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Croatia is set to divided into two statistical regions - Continental and Adriatic Croatia. The European Union has accepted the governments plan to divide the country into two regions, which Croatia will use as a base to develop its regionally policies and draw money from EU funds.
The Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Branko Grcic, confirmed on Monday that the new division will be applied from 1 January 2013, reports daily newspaper Jutarnji list.
"The government, in talks with the European Commission and Eurostat, successfully managed to define Croatia's future that instead of the current three, the country will be divided into two statistical regions, with the target being to optimise obtaining money from EU Funds. In this way, all Croatian regions, including all local government units will receive significant support from the EU in the next 14 years," said Grcic.
Until now, Croatia was divided into the Adriatic region, Pannonian Croatia and the Northwestern region. The new constitution will see Adriatic Croatia remaining virtually the same as the previous Coastal region and covers seven counties - Primorje-Gorski, Lika-Senj, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Istria and Dubrovnik-Neretva.
When it comes to the North West region and Pannonian Croatia, they are to be merged into a single entity - Continental Croatia, which will be composed of the City of Zagreb and other counties - Krapina-Zagorje, Varazdin, Koprivnica-Krizevci, Medjimurje, Bjelovar-Bilogora, Virovitica-Podravina, Pozega-Slavonia, Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Syrmia, Karlovac and Sisak-Moslavina counties.
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