16:13 / 16.11.2020.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

PM says Croatia can make huge strides if it makes good use of EU funds

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Zrinjevac (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Zrinjevac (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

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A contract for the allocation of 72 million Kuna in EU funds was signed at the Ruđer Bošković Research Institute in Zagreb on Monday. The funds, which come in the form of a grant, will be used to finance the project titled: Open scientific infrastructure platforms for innovative applications in the economy and society.

The institute's director general, David Smith, outlined what the project will encompass: “We're talking about the total reconstruction of the campus, the surrounding grounds, electrical installations, the heating and cooling systems, as well as a new modern building, modern equipment. All told this is the biggest investment into research infrastructure in the past 30 years.”

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was on hand the signing of the contract: “Within the program for EU structural and investment funds, the institute is bringing to fruition a portfolio of 34 projects valued at 134.5 million Kuna. The institute is currently implementing 102 projects, which are actively being financed through the Croatian Science Foundation.”

Also today, an exhibit titled: "EU Funds are Changing Croatia" was opened in Zagreb's Zrinjevac Park. Prime Minister Plenković also toured the exhibit, outlining the biggest EU investment projects underway in Croatia: “In financial terms, the five most valuable projects being financed by the EU are the Pelješac Bridge, the Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on the island of Krk, broadband internet, Dubrovnik International Airport and the Open Scientific Research Platform at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. The good thing is that right now we're at 106% of contracted funds, that 46% of these funds have been paid out and that this figure will continue to grow.”

The prime minister concluded that in the coming years Croatia has an enormous opportunity for development if it makes good use of EU funds.

Source: HRT

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