Today, the European Commission has approved an investment of more than €86 million from the European Regional Development Fund in Croatia to expand its next generation broadband infrastructure, in line with the EU broadband strategy and policies. The investment will provide Croatia’s rural and suburban settlements with access to high-speed internet services to the benefit of citizens and local businesses. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira said: “All Europeans should have stable and fast access to internet services. This has proven to be even more relevant in the coronavirus pandemic context where numerous activities have shifted to a full online format. By contributing to end the digital divide between urban and rural populations, this project will open up to new economic opportunities and boost Croatia’s socio-economic development.” Access to high-speed internet is expected to stimulate business growth, broaden the business potential and improve productivity and competitiveness. It will be particularly important for rural craft and micro-enterprises, which will be able to access new markets and benefit from e-services for the first time. Moreover, the Government will be able to expand e-services and digital education systems, including distance learning. More information on EU funded investments in Croatia is available on the Open Data Platform.