Croatia - Scepticism over reform - May 31, 2016

The government proposals - in line with EU recommendations - to cut red tape, scrap various fees, and reduce public debt by cost-cutting at state-owned firms as well as reforming the health and pension sectors are received by most actors with scepticism. Critics, including the national employers' association, HUP, say the main worry is implementation. Successive governments failing put promised reforms into action. The fact that people are leaving or planning to leave is a direct reflection of dissatisfaction with the failure of the government to drive the economy forward. Public sector trade unions have serious doubts about the plans.

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