No favors for local products

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia modified a widespread advertising campaign promoting homemade goods yesterday after the European Union said it was against its rules, giving Zagreb a taste of what compliance with the bloc is all about. European Commission officials told negotiators from the EU candidate country in Brussels on Monday that the «Buy Croatian» campaign discriminated against products from other countries, particularly as it was financed from state funds. Officials from Zagreb and Brussels were reviewing the chapter on free movement of goods, one of the 35 chapters Croatia has to complete to achieve compliance with EU legislation. Less than 24 hours later, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce announced the campaign had been renamed to «Produce and Buy Quality Products.» «We have launched a second part of the campaign, the chamber’s head, Nadan Vidosevic, said.

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