Butković Announces Plan to Buy Six New Ships for Jadrolinija Shipping Company

By 19 January 2022
Butković Announces Plan to Buy Six New Ships for Jadrolinija Shipping Company

ZAGREB, 19 Jan 2022 - During Question Time in the Croatian Parliament on Wednesday, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković announced a plan to buy six new ships for the Jadrolinija shipping company.

"This year we plan to buy six new ships - three passenger ferries and three catamarans - through the National Recovery and Resilience Programme. Construction of those ships will begin this year and continue in 2023. Dubrovnik can expect a new ship," Butković said in response to a question by Mate Frankovića (HDZ) who warned of the obsolescence of the Postira ship which currently connects Dubrovnik with the Elaphiti islands.

Until then the Postira will be repaired or a used ship will be bought to service that route, added Butković.

Independent MP Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj was interested in the situation regarding Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman saying that Croatia cares greatly for BiH's stability and not only for the sake of the Croats there but as a matter of security too. 

Davor Dretar (Homeland Movement) asked Prime Minister Andrej Plenković whether farmers should be concerned about the poor strategic plan for agriculture, as a result of which they could be left without €3.6 billion of EU funds.

"Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković is responsible for that document and she enjoys my confidence," Plenković responded, stressing that the government would invest all efforts to use up the funds allocated for agriculture.

"We have heard that it is nice to live here and that you feel well in this country but the economic and demographic indicators show differently. We saw what happened to you when you went to Petrinja and what the people think about you," Dretar added, unsatisfied with the answer he was given.

Labour Minister Josip Aladrović told MP Dragana Jeckov (Independent Democratic Serb Party) that a new "Make a Wish" programme to employ women was currently being prepared including compensatory measures to bridge the time between two programme periods.