Zagreb Mayor Bandić Marks 19 Years in Office

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ZAGREB, June 1, 2019 – Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić on Saturday toured the construction site of a new cableway at the foot of Mt Medvednica overlooking Zagreb.

Bandić said the project amounted to close to 600 million kuna and that efforts would be made to complete it by the end of May 2020, when, he said, the reconstruction of the roundabout in Zagreb’s Remetinec neighbourhood could be completed as well.

He recalled that work on the new cableway, which will replace the previous, 35-year-old cable railway, started in March and that it would be one of the most modern cableways in Europe.

Asked if the Zagreb Holding multi-utility conglomerate would obtain a loan for the cableway project, Bandić said the project would be financed with a loan and with EU funds. I believe that at least 50% of the necessary funding will be grants, he said.

Asked about recordings of his and his associates’ conversations that could be heard in a trial for unlawful hiring in the city government, Bandić said that he was proud of those recordings because he had acted in line with his powers. “The mayor has the right to promote those who work well, unfortunately I can’t sanction those who do not work, and the mayor has the right to hire his associates.” He added that he was certain that his work style would secure him another term in office.

Bandić, who today marked the 19th anniversary of his stepping into office as mayor, was also asked to comment on the result of his Work and Solidarity Party in the May 26 election for the European Parliament, in which it secured 1.97% of the vote. “If I worked less in Zagreb, I would have fared better in the EU election,” he said.

The mayor would not say if the result was discouraging, adding that the party would discuss it on Monday and that he would be able to say more then.

More Zagreb news can be found in the Lifestyle section.


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