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.