“Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is flying to South America on Saturday, and the first stop of her Latin American tour, which will last until 20 March, is Argentina, and after that she will fly to Chile and Brazil.

After the official visit of the first and former Croatian President, Franjo Tudjman, to South America, Grabar-Kitarović is the first Croatian President to visit members of the Croatian diaspora in these three countries.

The Presidential tour will start on the 11th and last to the 20th of March 2018, according to The Dubrovnik Times reported.” (Santiago Times)

“The European Commission’s latest report said that the economies in EU member states Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania grew in 2017, but all of them failed to complete much-needed structural reforms.

The economies of Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania showed some improvements last year, but all three countries face challenges to boost growth further in 2018, said the latest European Commission country report, published on Wednesday.

Croatia requires structural reforms and its economic growth will increasingly depend on the capacity to implement them, the report says.

So far, the government has been unsuccessful in the implementation of the much-needed reforms, it warns.

The country has made limited progress in fiscal policy, social benefits are too large and a pension system reform has been postponed, it argues.

Mayor public administration reforms are largely at a standstill while educational reform is still pending, the report notes.

Some progress has been made in the sale of shares in state-owned enterprises and backlogs in the judicial system have been marginally reduced.” (Eurasia Review)

“Prime Minister Andrej Plenković called a cabinet meeting late on Friday afternoon to discuss what each ministry was doing to implement structural reforms.

The meeting came after a recent report from the European Commission which stated that Croatia lacked the proper resolution in adopting the necessary changes. The prime minister responded with the clear message that his government would use 2018 as the year to implement the structural reforms.

The latest figures on the country’s sluggish GDP growth prove that the moment of truth has arrived for the Plenković government to take action. With elections another two years away, a new restructuring team for Agrokor in place, and the apparent support of the Employers’ Association, now is the perfect time for the government to fulfil their campaign promise to put Croatia on the path to economic prosperity.

‘We spoke about the reforms that we should implement. We discussed which ones are possible and how financially viable they are,’ said Health Minister Milan Kujundžić after the meeting.” (Voice of Croatia)