PM Plenkovic: We’ll Decide on Inquiry Commission after Situation in Field Inspected

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“Everything related to post-war reconstruction needs to be brought to light. I have requested that all services in the field precisely identify how many buildings that were damaged in the earthquake in Sisak-Moslavina County are buildings repaired or reconstructed under the post-war reconstruction scheme. When we see what it is about, then we will take a stance,” Plenković said ahead of this year’s first meeting of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leadership.

As far as amendments to the law are concerned regarding reducing red tape to issue building permits faster so that reconstruction can start as soon as possible, Plenković underscored that a comprehensive solution was being sought and this would be discussed at the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Asked to comment on claims by Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbović that he would sue the state if it turned out that there were irregularities and wrongdoings during post-war reconstruction, Plenković said that they were in constant contact and that he presumed that the DORH state prosecutor’s office and police were already taking certain activities.

With regard to an appeal by parents in Zagreb that safe passage be ensured on the way to schools ahead of the second semester of this school year and that they are afraid that the financial burden will fall on them, Plenković welcomed any initiative that would ensure citizens’ safety particularly for pupils.

He also said that during talks in the next two days with the Education Ministry a decision would be made in reference to the broader epidemiological situation regarding whether school would continue face to face in January when it is supposed to start on the 18th or whether it would be held in line with the measures that are still in force.

He recalled the €683 million from the EU Solidarity Fund that has been received and that the government was doing everything to speed up the process and to launch the reconstruction of privately-owned buildings.


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