Oleg Butković: ”16 Contracts Signed, Over 8 Billion Kuna from EU Funds in 2017”

Lauren Simmonds

A successful year for the withdrawing of EU funds for Croatia.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of November, 2017, the Minister didn’t express any particular desire to recover old ground regarding potential timeframes for the beginning of the construction of the highly anticipated Peljesac Bridge, but reassured that things things are ineed in motion.

This year has been a significant one in regard to the approval and withdrawing of non-refundable European Union funds, and many contracts worth enormous sums of money have been successfully agreed upon and signed for various praiseworthy projects across the country.

“This year, sixteen contracts totalling 8 billion kuna in non-refundable EU funds have been signed. They’re new contracts, and as far as the execution of these contracts is concerned, it’s less than 8 billion kuna. Tomorrow at the session of the government in Osijek, I’ll sign the seventeenth contract for tram infrastructure and new buses in Osijek, totaling 220 million kuna,” Butković said before the session of the government, stating that as far as the transport sector is concerned, this year’s withdrawal of money from the European Union has been very good.

As he pointed out, the largest project to be financed by European Union money is of course, Peljesac Bridge, an important strategic project for Croatia which is awaiting a decision on the right construction company for the big job. Butkovic reiterated that the Peljesac Bridge procedure is a very complex process in which all the respective documentation needs to be thoroughly and carefully reviewed.

As the public has already been made aware, by the end of this year, the signing of a contract for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge is expected provided there is no appeal to the choice of contractor.


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