102 Million Kuna Being Provided for Croatian Local Self-Government Units

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Brnic writes, the state will help improve the quality of life in cities and municipalities with a total payment of 102 million kuna to various Croatian local self-government units, which is the total value of approved projects for co-financing at the public tender of the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction and State Property.

This amount will be divided into a total of 353 projects submitted by cities and municipalities from all counties, with the exception of the City of Zagreb. The projects themselves have a total value of 366 million kuna, and the state, depending on the level of development, will cover from 20,000 kuna to 120,000 kuna. The projects were chosen by the Croatian local self-government units themselves, so it is interesting to see what was considered a priority in this situation.

More than 100 projects involve the reconstruction and improvement of the roads, and about 50 projects pertain to the improvement of pavements and footpaths, as well as the procurement of communal equipment and machinery, from lawn mowers to snow plows and farm machines such as tractors. The arrangement of public lighting, most often replacing the classic bulbs with LED lighting, was requested by about forty Croatian local self-government units, and more than 20 of them see the arrangement of carparks and cemeteries as paramount. Community homes, playgrounds and kindergartens will also be arranged with the help of the state in ten cities and municipalities across the nation.

The lowest amount, 20,000 kuna, will go to Blato on the island of Korcula for setting up some new bus stops, and with the highest amounts of support, some will be able to arrange their central squares, such as the municipalities of Martijanec (near Varazdin) and Ribnik in Karlovac County, while Orebic and Komiza down on the coast will also repair their own squares.

Janjina down in Dubrovnik-Neretva County will be helped with the improvement of their local waterfront, and Sucuraj will see the improvement of their beach fully co-financed as part of the move. Djurdjevac will arrange their town’s market with this government support, and the only project in an entrepreneurial zone is found in the municipality of Velika in Pozega-Slavonia County, where the road and pedestrian path will both be arranged. The richest of all, Istria County, has the fewest projects to speak of, only three of them in total, and they relate to smaller projects on cemetery walls, landscaping and public lighting.

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