Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds: Record year in the use of EU funds

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Minister Gabrijela Žalac was guest at the “Tema dana” (Theme of the Day) on  The Voice of Croatia (HRT).
 
 

On Monday, 22 January, 2018 Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Gabrijela Žalac in Zagreb presented the results of the utilization of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) in 2017, which was marked by a significant increase in all phases of fund use.
 
Utilization results of EU funds during 2017 compared to the previous three years 2014 - 2016.:
 
  • A total of 2.8 billion euros - 26% of the total financial allocation for the period 2014-2020 - is available to users.
  • Value of contracted projects from 985 million euros to 3.7 billion euros - an increase of 277%
  • Increase of EU funds disbursed to beneficiaries from 288 million euros to 927 million euros - an increase of 221%
  • The value of verified funds, on the basis of which the European Commission makes payments to the state budget, reached 800 million euros - an increase of 423%
 
During 2017, a total of 2.8 billion euros were made available to users through the call, which is the same number as announced during the last three years together (2014-2016). With this the number of published tenders increased to 5.6 billion euros, representing 52% of the total allocation for the period 2014-2020.
 
The value of the contracted projects submitted on the above mentioned tenders increased from EUR 985 million in the end of October 2016 to 3.7 billion euros, an increase of 277% in 2017 compared to the previous three years, bringing together a total of 35% of the allocation of 10.7 billion euros, and in 2017 was paid 639 million euros to the beneficiaries for the activities carried out under contracted projects, an increase of 221% over the previous three years, when the total paid was only 288 million euros.
 
The minister pointed out that the monitoring of the implementation of the ESI Funds is a key element of the amount of certified funds that the Ministry has verified (certified) with the intermediary bodies and then sent the payment request to the European Commission to allocate funds to the budget of the Republic of Croatia.
The value of certified funds at the level of all European Structural and Investment Funds amounted to 800 million euros, or 7.5% of the allocation, which is a 423% increase in the mandate of this Government.
 
After the presentation of record data Minister Gabrijela Žalac was guest at the “Tema dana” (Theme of the Day) on  The Voice of Croatia (HRT).
 
                                  
                                    LINK to the video
 
Sources:
 
https://razvoj.gov.hr/vijesti/2017-rekordna-godina-u-koristenju-eu-fondova/3747

http://vijesti.hrt.hr/426323/hrvatska-kasni-u-povlacenju-sredstava-eu-a-ugovoreno-samo-35-posto-sredstava


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