The Croatian Rural Tourism Association has asked the Government of the Republic of Croatia, competent ministries and parliamentary committees to remove restrictions that prevent efficient marketing of agricultural products through tourism in rural areas, in order to stop further deterioration and depopulation of the Croatian countryside.Thus, the Ministry of Tourism was asked to urgently adopt the Action Plan for Rural Tourism, to regulate the legislative framework that accompanies rural tourism and to start promoting this type of tourism in domestic and foreign markets; from the Ministry of Finance, reduction of excise duties on the production of brandy and liqueur for producers who sell exclusively at their own doorstep; from the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the introduction of value coupons that would enable the engagement of workers for the occasional provision of catering and tourist services in rural areas; and from the Ministry of Agriculture better cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism in order to remove restrictions, and the most efficient placement of agricultural products through tourism. “Agriculture and tourism are marked as sectors with the greatest growth potential in the program of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and we hope that the Government and other relevant institutions will take effective measures to achieve one of the basic goals of the Government by 2020 – stopping emigration, especially from rural areas. Given the alarming situation in the Croatian countryside, we are looking for quick and coordinated action by all institutions on this issue”Said Jasmina Rakić Horvat, president of the Association.The Croatian Rural Tourism Association brings together family farms and agricultural trades registered for the provision of catering and tourist services from all over Croatia. The main goal of the association is the sustainable development of the Croatian countryside by connecting agriculture and tourism, and creating stimulating conditions for the development of rural tourism by improving the legislative framework and better promotion of this type of tourism in domestic and foreign markets. “We who deal with tourism and agriculture face a number of restrictions and legal obstacles on a daily basis to deal effectively with this type of tourism, which has great potential because the season lasts all year round. Instead of restrictions, we are looking for understanding and incentives so that this type of tourism is adequately recognized as the engine of Croatian rural development”Emphasized Janko Kezele, vice president of the Association. The Croatian Rural Tourism Association offers a partnership to all institutions in solving these problems and expects to hold a series of specific meetings with relevant institutions before the adoption of the 2017 budget.