Zagreb, May 30, 2016 – At its 47th Session, chaired by Zlatko Mateša, held on Monday, May 30, the Council of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) adopted a modified financial plan of the Croatian Olympic Committee for 2016 in the amount of 137,452,680 Kuna, of which 121,647,917 Kuna from the State budget.

In the year of the Olympic Games, which will be held from August 5 to August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, the Croatian Olympic Committee has, for the public needs program, apart from the revenues from the games of chance in the amount of 96,081,260 Kuna and funds transferred from 2015 in the amount of 15,932,510, additional secured funds from the budgetary reserve in the amount of 9,634,147 Kuna. The other revenues in the amount of 15,804,763 Kuna will be provided from marketing and funds from Olympic Solidarity and other sources.

"This is the second largest Croatian Olympic Committee’s budget in the past ten years. Only the budget from the Olympic year 2012 was higher", said the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša, stressing that the Croatian Olympic Committee provided its athletes optimal conditions for preparation and performance in Rio and thanked the Ministry that helped in adjustment of the financial plan for its understanding.

The Council of the Croatian Olympic Committee points out the financing of sports as a particular problem within the past couple of years. Following the said, at today's session the Council submitted the proposal on measures for resolving the mentioned problem, especially in the part relating to the organization of games of chance and betting at non-domestic games’ organizers. The Council considers that the creation of a new legal framework as a form of protection against competition and tax relief would result in better financing and development conditions of the Croatian sports. The Croatian Olympic Committee sent the document with financial projection of income in favor of the State budget by 2019 - "Analysis of the situation and proposed measures for improvement" - to the competent Parliament committees.

The Council gave its support to the Assistant Secretary General for Marketing Ranko Ćetković for the preparation of the Croatian House in Rio, organized by the COC in cooperation with the Croatian Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Economy and Zagreb Tourist Board. The Croatian house, comprising the Croatian Olympic Committee’s press center under the leadership of editor in chief of the SPTV (Sports Television) Jura Ozmec, will be the main place of Croatian-Brazilian economic and sports events during the Games.

President Mateša informed all the Council members on the arrival of the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, who will stay in Croatia on June 9 and 10 and attend the Congress of the International Skating Union in Dubrovnik.

Before going to Dubrovnik, the President of the International Olympic Committee will meet with the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović and Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković, as well as with all the presidents of Olympic sports federations and he will hold a commemorative lecture at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb.

The Council also accepted the proposal of the Gender Equality in Sport Commission, led by the Vice-President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Morana Paliković Gruden. According to the proposal, the Croatian Olympic Committee shall fulfill all the obligations stated in the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on gender mainstreaming policy in sports - the popularization of gender equality - and to carry them out through its printed and electronic media.