The Croatian Party of Pensioners and the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure have agreed on the idea that the elderly should receive free long-distance public transport, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.
The Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU) has launched an initiative to provide free intercity transport for pensioners and the elderly.
This is especially important for pensioners from rural areas of Croatia who have to travel to larger places for medical examinations or groceries, which requires significant financial allocations from their modest incomes. They sent a letter to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and it seems they have agreed.
“The Ministry fully supports the activities of the HSU aimed at improving the status and living conditions of pensioners in Croatia,” the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure replied.
Regarding the specific proposal, the Ministry said that the reorganization of the entire system of public transport of passengers is underway. The Ministry said that the Government had provided 428 thousand kuna a year from the state budget to co-finance transport as a public service.
”We believe that the county, together with local governments, with financial resources in an appropriate manner to enable the improvement of services for the elderly, pensioners, and other vulnerable groups of citizens with more favorable financial conditions”, said the Croatian Party of Pensioners Minister Oleg Butković, according to Mirovina.
The HSU says that they have hired all party officials on the ground to continue working in their counties on the implementation of this initiative.
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