Croats who decide to return from other EU countries and start their own business in Croatia will receive grants of up to 200,000 kuna (26,000 euros) under the new “I choose Croatia” scheme, announced Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
In the past seven years, about 350,000 people have left Croatia, mostly young people, and a large number of them children, because the labor market in other EU countries has opened up to them. The population has dropped to 3.8 million from 4.5 million 30 years ago.
The program is expanding the Croatian Employment Service (CES), a job search scheme that encourages self-employment and provides a € 6,700 grant for people returning from other EU countries to start their own business, as well as grants to start a business in rural areas. areas.
Addressing the press, Plenković said that demographic revitalization is a key topic for Croatia due to the aging population and negative demographic trends in the last 70 years.
A similar scheme is envisaged for migration within Croatia, given the current trend of relocation of people from rural to urban areas, where they often live in smaller housing units, which is why they tend to have fewer children.
“This offers an opportunity to those who recently went to another EU member state to find a motive, a niche and want to return. Some will, some will not. The government is here to provide an opportunity, “Plenković said.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)