Croatia PM signs co-operation agreements with Norwegian counterpart

Croatia PM signs co-operation agreements with Norwegian counterpart
Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his Norwegian counterpart who was on an official visit to Zagreb, Erna Solberg signed on Tuesday, three agreements worth more than €103 million. HRT says that the funds are intended for regional development, entrepreneurship, competitiveness programmes and the judiciary.

"This second phase, for this time period, is a significant contribution to the development of Croatia in a number of areas - from education, energy efficiency, climate change and other areas where we have already established cooperation," Andrej Plenković said.

Erna Solberg spoke of the stronger trade between Zagreb and Oslo ever since Croatia joined the EU -five years ago- which she said has risen by 30%. "There is great potential for the further strengthening of cooperation," the Norwegian official said, "from sea and coastal areas to energy, education, the judiciary and internal affairs, and these agreements, which indicate mutual trust, will contribute to these efforts".

Ground-breaking ceremony of pelEta pellet factory and energy plant

While in the Adriatic country, Mrs Solberg practically showed her support for the co-operation memorandum the two sides had just signed by attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the future pelEta pellet factory and energy plant that will run on biomass, a Norwegian investment of EUR 19 million.

According to HRT she underlined that "this was only the beginning of direct cooperation between Croatian and Norwegian companies, thanks to the a memorandum signed between the two countries on Tuesday. She said the agreement will bring great opportunities for cooperation between Norwegian and Croatian companies, but especially for Croatian companies to get involved with projects of this kind."

The investment is a rather big one for the area. Specialists estimate that the factory will employ about 30 people while, "The head of the district, Danijel Jurkaš, is hoping that locals who currently work in Slovenia, Karlovac, and Ozalj will be able to find a job right in their front yard"..... / IBNA

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