Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning

Energy renovation of family houses

Due to the high interest of the professional community as well as of the general public, the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning informs all those concerned about the status of preparation and publication of the Call for submission of design proposals for energy renovation of family houses.

The Ministry plans to announce the said Call promptly upon fulfilment of the basic precondition for preparation of the Call, which is related to amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013. Namely, pursuant to Article 2 point 10, Definitions, the Regulation does not envisage the possibility for natural persons to be beneficiaries of funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), from which funds for the energy renovation of family houses are provided. An amendment to the said provision of Article 2 was initiated by the Ministry in the second half of 2016 through official representatives of the Republic of Croatia in the bodies of the European Union.

With regard to the requested amendments to the Regulation, it should be mentioned that they are a part of the so-called Omnibus package, by which the European Commission has proposed several amendments related to a simplification of the principles and procedures for the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the spending of EU budgetary funds, which refers also to the use of funds from European Structural and Investment Funds. The package includes also amendments to Regulation (EU) No 966/2012, i.e., the Financial Regulation, as the basic legislative act for all rules of sectoral regulations.

This is a complex process, as by its proposal the European Commission has encompassed a number of legislative acts, with their final adoption being conditioned by the achievement of consensus for each of it. From the very beginning of negotiations on the Omnibus package in September 2016, the official representatives of the Republic of Croatia have pointed out as a priority the eligibility of natural persons as final beneficiaries of funds from the ERDF, and this amendment has become a part of the text on which a compromise has been reached. There is the expectation that such a position will be maintained until the adoption of the Regulation.

Furthermore, it is envisaged that the entire process of regulatory package adoption, as foreseen by the European Commission, would be completed by the end of 2017, and that the new rules would enter into force as of January 2018, enabling thereby the announcement of the said Call for energy renovation of family houses.

It should be mentioned that based on the Operational programme „Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020“, the Republic of Croatia has available for purposes of energy renovation of family houses the amount of 30 million euro (ca. 225 million kuna) and that the Call will promote an integrated approach through which a minimum of 50% of energy savings for heating/cooling will have to be achieved.

For all further information follow please our website (www.mgipu.hr), as well as the website of the ESI funds (www.strukturnifondovi.hr), where all details/requirements from the future Call for energy renovation of family houses will be publicised.



 

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