The Istra County Assembly convened in Pazin on Friday for a special session marking Istra County Day, which is observed in concert with the historic 1943 decision of the National Liberation Committee for the reunification of the Istrian peninsula with Croatia following the Fascist Italy's capitulation and the end of its occupation of the Istrian peninsula.
Addressing the assembly, President Zoran Milanović described the historic decision a cry conveying the wishes and expectations of generations of Croatians in Istra: "We very often ignore the fact that tens of thousands of Italians had taken up residency in Istra and they did not see those changes as something good for them and as a result opted to leave the country. Those facts need to be repeated because they are true. They are the result of a bloody and difficult war in which victories were won under the red star which today rightfully causes many dilemmas," Milanović said.
Assembly chair Valter Drandić described the events of September 1943 as being vital to Croatia's modern history, describing antifascism as a beacon and lasting civilizational commitment of Istra's resident.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's envoy at the commemoration, Maritime Affairs, Transport, and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković took the opportunity to present several major investments being planned for Istra that will contribute to the county's further development. Minister Butković noted that the European Commission has already approved an amendment to the concession agreement with the Bina Istra Company to include work on the construction of a second tube at the Učka tunnel. Currently both east and west-bound traffic run through the same tube.
"The purpose of these investments is to raise the level of economic activity in Istra County, as well as improve transport connectivity between Istra and the rest of the country," Minister Butković noted.
Ahead of the session in the county assembly, a wreath laying ceremony was held at the central monument in the Park of the People's Uprising in Pazin.
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