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Over €800m Invested in Islands in Last Five Years from State Budget

By 11 June 2021

ZAGREB, 11 June 2021 - More than six billion kuna were invested from national funds into different activities and projects for the islands in the 2016-2020 period, the Regional Development Ministry's State Secretary, Spomenka Đurić, told the Croatian parliament,on Friday.

In addition, projects have been agreed whereby seven billion kuna will be withdrawn from EU funds for the development of Croatian islands, Đurić said while presenting draft amendments to the Islands Act under which the amount of water for island inhabitants at subsidised prices would increase from 45 to 85 cubic metres per year.

The government-sponsored draft amendments also provide for state subsidies covering up to 50% of the cost of transport of the water supplied to individuals and legal entities in communities still without connections to the public water supply network.

This state subsidy covers 4,234 households with more than 7,200 members, and in 2020, HRK 17 million was paid for that purpose, she said.

Croatia has 1,244 islands,  and 45 islands are permanently or temporarily inhabited, with 51 maritime routes, 58 community health centres, 102 primary and 13 high schools, and 23 care homes.

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