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Latest business news about Croatia and the European Union.

Ease of doing business compared for 25 European cities
A new report from the World Bank Tuesday assesses the support and obstacles entrepreneurs find in setting up and expanding businesses in 25 cities in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Slovakia.

Doing Business in the European Union 2018: Croatia, Czech Republic, Portugal and Slovakia
Doing Business in the European Union 2018: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Slovakia - the first report of the subnational Doing Business series in these countries - assesses the business regulatory environment and its impact on local entrepreneurs in 5 cities in Croatia (Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Varazdin and Zagreb), 7 cities in the Czech Republic (Brno, Liberec, Olomouc, Ostrava, Plzen, Prague and Usti nad Labem), 8 cities in Portugal (Braga, Coimbra, Evora, Faro, Funchal, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada and Porto), 5 cities in Slovakia (Bratislava, Kosice, Presov, Trnava and Zilina). The report measures regulations relevant to 5 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property and enforcing contracts.

Transitional period for Croatian workers - end of first phase
On 30 June the first phase of transitional arrangements for Croatian workers came to an end. By that date EU Member States were required to notify the European Commission whether they will maintain restrictions on access of Croatian citizens to employment during the next three years or whether they already want to fully open their labour markets to them.

Facts about Croatia
Croatia goes to the polls Sunday to elect a new president at a time when its economy is among the weakest in the European Union. Here are key facts about the country:

Croatia Excessive Deficit Procedure
The European Commission today issued an opinion proposing to the EU Council of Ministers to decide that an excessive deficit exists in Croatia.

Croatia accession to the European Union
On 1 July 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the EU after a decade of carrying out all the reforms needed to bring it into line with EU laws and standards. Croatia will share not only the benefits of EU membership, but also the responsibilities that come with it. The country takes an equal role in decision making with its 27 EU counterparts. In April 2013, Croatian voters went to the polls to choose 12 Members of the European Parliament. The country has also appointed its EU Commissioner, Neven Mimica. There are benefits for both Croatia and the rest of Europe. It strengthens stability in the entire Western Balkans region. It expands the EU's internal market, along with new opportunities for EU businesses and customers. In addition, it expands the area where EU standards apply, be it in energy, transport or environmental protection. It also enhances the EU's cultural diversity and human potential, facilitating mobility and exchange opportunities for students and researchers.

Croatia within the EU in figures
On the occasion of the entry of Croatia into the EU on 1 July 2013, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes a selection of economic and social indicators drawing a portrait of the new Member State1. For comparison purposes, data are also provided for the existing EU27 and the enlarged EU of 28 Members.

Factfile on Croatia
Facts on Croatia, which on July 1 becomes the European Union's 28th member:

Factfile on Croatia
Facts on Croatia, which on Sunday elects its first deputies in the European Parliament, ahead of July 1 entry into the European Union:

Monitoring Report on Croatia's accession preparations
The European Commission on 26 March adopted its last Monitoring Report on Croatia's preparations for joining the EU. The Commission assesses that Croatia has completed the ten priority actions identified in the previous report in October, and has shown the will and ability to fulfil all outstanding commitments in good time before accession. The Commission concludes that Croatia will be ready to join the European Union on 1 July 2013. The Monitoring Report focuses on Croatia's competition policy, the judiciary and fundamental rights as well as justice, freedom and security. It also assesses that the country has demonstrated its ability to fulfil other commitments related to EU membership, such as getting ready to receive structural funds, in good time before accession. The report states that the EU membership is an additional incentive to carry on with reforms and Croatia is expected to continue developing its track record in the field of the rule of law, notably in the fight against corruption.

Next steps for EU enlargement
The European Commission has recommended for a fourth time to open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania subject to completion of key reform steps, and proposes negotiating a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo once it has made progress in fulfilling a number of short term priorities. The Commission also confirmed that Croatia is on track in its membership preparations. In a set of annual reports, the Commission also assesses the progress towards EU accession made elsewhere in the Western Balkans, Turkey, and Iceland over the past year.

Croatia: country overview
Croatia became the 28th EU country on 1 July 2013, having applied in 2003 and begun negotiations in 2005. The target is now further integration – Croatia will change the kuna for the euro as soon as its economy meets the criteria – on inflation, public finances, exchange-rate stability and interest rates. The most important sectors of Croatia’s economy in 2015 were wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (21.8 %), industry (21.2 %) and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (15.2 %). Croatia's main export partners are Italy, Slovenia and Germany, while its main import partners are Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

Accession Treaty of the European Union with Croatia - guide
On 9 December at the European Summit, EU and Croatian leaders signed Croatia's EU Accession Treaty. Subject to the Treaty's ratification by all Member States and Croatia, the country will become the 28th Member State of the European Union on 1 July 2013.

Delegation of the European Commission to Croatia
Official website of the Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Croatia.

Starting a business in Croatia
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Croatia.

IPA: Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme in Croatia
The overall objective of the Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme is to achieve higher competitiveness and a balanced regional development by supporting small and medium enterprises' competitiveness, alongside with improving economic conditions in Croatia's lagging areas. IPA funds will therefore support business services rendered for micro and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), strategic cooperation between companies, strengthening of entrepreneurial skills in the academia, promoting business and investment climate, developing business-related infrastructure.

Croatia Investment Climate 2009
Croatia has enjoyed steady growth in foreign investment over the last several years, buoyed by a growing economy, low inflation, a stable exchange rate and developed infrastructure.

EU Enlargement Process - progress reports on the candidate countries: Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - key findings
The European Commission has adopted its annual strategy on EU enlargement. The Communication highlights the progress the Western Balkans and Turkey made towards European integration during a difficult year of global economic crisis, and spells out the main challenges facing them in the months and years to come. In the light of the progress achieved, the Commission decided to recommend the opening of negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In a major step forward for the region, visa liberalisation for the Western Balkans will progress substantially in 2010.

Croatia country profile
Croatia became an independent state in 1991 as part of the break-up of former Yugoslavia. Croatia is a candidate to become a member state of the European Union.

Croatian Chamber of Economy
The Croatian Chamber of Economy is an institution with a rich century and a half-old heritage that is determined to create a new and successful economic future for Croatia.

Croatiabiz offers outstanding business opportunities for foreign companies who intend to cooperate and do business with Croatian companies. Membership in Croatiabiz, and using the benefits it offers, will facilitate and intensify the contacts with your Croatian partners.

Croatia Government
Croatian Government web site

Croatia World Bank country brief
A guide from the World Bank which uses key indicators to measure the "ease or difficulty of operating a business: starting a business, hiring and firing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, enforcing contracts, and closing a business."

International Tax in Croatia (Deloitte)
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Croatia Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.