Croatian Recovery Plan Focusing on Modernisation of Ports, Trams, Ships

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the Croatian Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOO) is worth a total of 47 billion kuna, it has five components, of which a massive 26.2 billion kuna will flood back into the domestic economy. It also includes the development of a competitive, energy-sustainable and efficient transport system, for which 5.5 billion kuna is planned.

The plan, as pointed out by the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic, who presented the transport part of the Croatian Recovery Plan at the weekend at the Port of Rijeka, envisages the continuation of significant investments in modernisation of transport infrastructure with the aim of developing sustainable transport and encouraging smart solutions. reforms of the railways, road and air sectors, as well as the reform of maritime and inland waterways.

“We’re ready to go ahead with all of these reforms, to implement all of these projects, and this is an opportunity to continue this strong investment cycle in transport infrastructure, which today amounts to a little more than 25 billion kuna. With the resilience programme, we’re continuing on with a strong investment cycle which, by 2030, when we add it all up, will be worth more than 30 billion kuna, mostly for the railways, as well as for all other projects,” said Butkovic.

He added that the construction or reconstruction of Croatia’s railway infrastructure, the modernisation of seaports, the procurement of three new passenger ships and three catamarans, as well as brand new ferries, trams, buses, new photovoltaic power plants and more.

Butkovic also announced that through the implementation of these reforms until 2026, amendments to the Road Act will also be adopted, which will create the proper conditions for the interoperability of electronic toll collection systems and increase overall road safety.

Namely, one of the most anticipated projects is the establishment of a new electronic toll collection system. Butkovic said that Hrvatske autoceste/Croatian motorways (HAC) is now in a very serious phase of launching a tender for a new contactless toll collection system on all sections of the country’s motorways.

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