ZAGREB, March 23, 2018 – By launching two large strategic projects for Croatian meteorology co-financed by the European Union, the National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) on Friday celebrated World Meteorological Day, March 23, and World Water Day, March 22, with Environment Protection and Energy Minister Tomislav Ćorić congratulating the DHMZ for successfully absorbing EU regional development funds.
The first project concerns upgrading of the meteorological monitoring network in Croatia – Metmonic – valued at almost 344 million kuna, 85% of which is to be provided by EU funds and 15% from the Environment Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund.
The second project, AIRQ, will expand and upgrade the state’s network for permanent monitoring of air quality. This project is valued at 125 million kuna, 106 million kuna of which is to come from EU funds.
The DHMZ is important with regard to adapting to climate change and is of the great benefit for the ministry, Minister Ćorić said.
Extreme events of the past few years compel us to think about long term solutions, he said and added that the ministry has to keep an eye on the consequences of climate change and global warming, claiming that the strategy for adapting to climate change is his ministry’s and the government’s key document.