Split Town Council Holds Session for Saint Domnius Feast Day

By 6 May 2019

ZAGREB, May 6, 2019 - The Split Town Council on Monday held a special session on the occasion of Town of Split Day and Saint Domnius feast day, which is celebrated on May 7, and among those present was Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who underlined Split's importance for the preservation of Croatian identity.

"Split, which has been living for more than 1,700 years, is part of the strong Croatian identity, our culture, heritage and faith, and it's also part of UNESCO's heritage," Plenković said at the session. He recalled that contracts worth two billion kuna were signed at a cabinet session held in Split a year ago. "Many of those projects are capital for the development of Split and Split-Dalmatia County."

Plenković announced the opening of a new Split Airport terminal for which more than 230 million kuna worth of state assets was made available. "I would also mention the Split-Solin agglomeration water supply infrastructure project, which is worth 1.084 billion kuna and which we expect to be approved in this year's second quarter, and this project will be a big step forward in the quality of life in the Split area," the prime minister said.

He announced joint investments in upgrading the transport infrastructure in Split to avoid traffic jams and facilitate access to the ferry port.

He said all that was necessary had been signed to embark on the Lećevica waste management centre project.

Plenković went on to say that the government had backed the Croatian Water Polo Federation's nomination of Split to host the 2022 European Water Polo Championship. "We ensured 19 million kuna for the organisation of that competition and that will be once again be another big sporting event in Split."

Plenković, Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek, State Assets Minister Goran Marić and Split Mayor Andro Krstulovic Opara signed an agreement according to which the Town of Split will manage the basement halls of Diocletian's Palace.

Plenković called the agreement historic and said efforts would be made to absorb as many European funds as possible to protect the cultural heritage in Croatia.

The government remains committed to strongly supporting Split's development in all areas, he said, announcing even more intense cooperation.

Krstulović noted that the basement halls of Diocletian's Palace "are not just some common monument, but the largest antique roofed space after the Domus Aurea in Rome." He said the agreement would enable the city to "absorb significant funds to preserve, renovate and maintain this significant monument and part of the heritage."

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