Marina Kaštela Concession Saved at Last Minute?

Lauren Simmonds

Is Marina Kaštela on its way to better days?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 1st of February, 2018, the company who paid the concession was unable to register it without S. Hajdaš Dončić’s signature.

The problem of Siniša Hajdaš Dončić’s signature almost resulted in the loss of a 30-year concession which the Kaštela nautical company Marina Kaštela was granted back in 2013.

Yesterday, the government approved the conclusion of a concession agreement in order to try to overcome legal disputes between state institutions, for which the Split Municipal Court didn’t approve the registration of land concession rights in the land registry for the Kaštela company.

The court explained the refusal with the absence of a signature by the Minister. Owing to this very particular problem, at the end of 2015, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure had submitted a statement from the Ministry of Justice to the court, that issued confirmation that the apparently required signature was in fact not needed, and a few months later, during the mandate of Tihomir Orešković’s former government, Split’s DORH also addressed the pressing issue, requesting for the registration of the concession.

Despite all this, the court rejected the proposal and a negative decision was subsequently received, so the appeal proceedings went on, and on. If this issue isn’t solved, Marina Kaštela cannot obtain a permit (license), which, according to the contract, it was required to have at the end of November last year. If this fails to occur, the concession contract will be terminated, and the Marina would lose all of the rights it has acquired up until this point.

It would be too little to say that this is an unfortunate situation, the outcome of which would certainly result in lawsuits against the state, because the concessionaire had duly fulfilled all the necessary obligations.

Minister Oleg Butković explained that Marina Kaštela pays a fixed concession fee of 635 thousand kuna and 2.5 percent of its annual income, which, back in 2016, was 35 million kuna. The company is otherwise owned by a local entrepreneur named Josip Berketa, and employs 80 permanent and 25 seasonal workers. 300 million kuna was invested in the development of the marina, as well as in the entire destination that once was a mere industrial zone.


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