“President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday presented her measures for the demographic policy, saying this was a vital issue for Croatia’s survival as a country.

Pointing out an increased share of the elderly population, an increasingly low number of newborns, the departure of the young and working-age population, the president said all of this would directly affect the national security, economic growth, social stability and overall future of the Croatian nation and state.

Grabar-Kitarovic said she wrote the measures she presented today herself with the help of her advisors, adding this was a working document which could be changed following a public consultation and further consultations with public, political and economic stakeholders.

‘The price of implementing these measures is high, of course, but the price of failing to implement them is even higher – the disappearance of the Croatian people and the state in a not so distant future. The implementation of these measures is not an expense, but an investment in the future,’ the president said.” (N1)