Prime Minister Andrej Plenković held a significant meeting with Mathias Cormann, the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), marking a pivotal moment in Croatia's journey toward OECD membership.
During the meeting, Mr. Cormann presented an unbiased and realistic economic overview of Croatia. This in-depth review encompassed Croatia's current economic landscape, the progress achieved through reforms in recent years, and offered insightful recommendations for future reform directions. These recommendations are aimed at benefiting not only the Croatian economy but also the lives of its citizens. All of this, of course, is under the backdrop of Croatia's ongoing efforts to gain OECD membership.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Plenković underscored the importance of this economic review, emphasizing its objective nature. He elaborated on how the recommendations provided by the OECD are aligned with Croatia's strategic and foreign policy goals. He firmly believes that Croatia's accession to the OECD will enable the nation to continue its pursuit of ambitious reforms that will ultimately enhance the well-being of its people.
The OECD, an organization uniting the world's 38 most developed nations, has been in close cooperation with Croatia for several years. During this time, Croatia has demonstrated unwavering commitment to critical reforms and sustainable development, resulting in significant growth and an improved standard of living.
Mathias Cormann commended Croatia's progress and dedication, lauding it as an inspiration not just for the OECD but also for Western Balkan countries. He emphasized Croatia's role in sharing experiences and actively participating in various initiatives, notably those related to green transition. Cormann expressed eagerness for continued collaboration, predicting that Croatia's accession to the OECD would not only foster growth and development but also benefit the entire Croatian populace.
As Croatia embarks on its journey towards OECD membership, this critical economic review, paired with its commitment to further reforms, demonstrates the nation's determination to advance its economic, political, and social well-being. Croatia's strategic direction aligns with the OECD's principles, promising a brighter and more prosperous future for its citizens and the region at large.