Croatia’s ministry responsible for telecoms, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport & Infrastructure (MPPI), confirmed on its website that the government adopted amendments to the Law on Electronic Communications on 3 April 2014 to merge the country’s railways regulator (ARTZU) into the telecoms regulator, the Croatian Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (HAKOM). The move forms part of wider government fiscal consolidation measures in 2014, with the goal of ‘systematic rationalisation of government and public administration through consolidation of agencies, funds and institutes.’ As a result of the HAKOM/ARTZU merger the state expects to reduce the cost of regulation of electronic communications, postal services and rail services by around HRK2.3 million (USD415,000) in 2014, and by around HRK3.5 million in 2015 and in 2016.
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