ZAGREB, January 5, 2020 – A meeting was held in Mursko Središće on Saturday on transport investment aimed at relieving traffic through Croatia’s northernmost border town, attended by Croatia’s foreign and economy ministers, the mayor and the heads of neighbouring Slovenian and Hungarian municipalities.
The meeting focused on the construction of a bypass and a bridge across the Mura river, which requires the construction of a junction in Slovenia.
Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said the meeting was an “excellent example which fits into the priorities of a Europe that connects.”
“The bypass in Croatia’s northernmost town will resolve citizens’ problems, but it’s necessary to agree a junction with Slovenia,” he said, adding that this problem must be resolved as soon as possible not only because of Mursko Središće but also because of the cross-border aspect as it concerned Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary and nearby Austria.
Economy Minister Darko Horvat said this was a direct contribution of a government meeting that was held in Čakovec.
“Since the government meeting, Croatian Roads has conducted certain studies and this project has been given full justification both from Croatia and the European Commission,” he said, adding that in order for the project to continue, Croatia and Slovenia should agree on a junction.
Horvat said the Foreign Ministry would organise a meeting on January 8 concerning the junction so that Croatian Roads could continue to work on the project documentation. He said the project was estimated at 150 million kuna and that funding was expected as part of the EU’s 2021-27 budget.
Mursko Središće mayor Drazen Srpak said he was pleased the meeting was attended by the head of the neighbouring Slovenian municipality of Lendava, Janez Magyar, who supported the project.
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