Downsizing local administration by reducing the number of councillors by 20% and cutting the number of municipalities will be some of the new government’s first moves, the government of HDZ’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has announced. This could annually save up to HRK100 million, according to most recent estimates.
Croatia currently has 428 municipalities, 127 cities and town, and 20 counties, not counting the City of Zagreb that also enjoys such status. In total, the youngest EU member state has 576 units of local authorities, all of which have mayors, county prefects and 754 deputies in service.
According to the new reform, only county prefects and mayors of bigger cities would be entitled to deputies, except for communities that have a large share of ethnic minorities.
The government plans to implement those measures before the local elections, which are scheduled for May 2021.
(Tea Trubić Macan, EURACTIV.hr)