The city of Karlovac and Karlovac County are set for a major financial stimulus package worth some 2.58 billion kuna - or 349 million euro - aimed at developing the once wealthy city and important transportation hub.
Prior to the announcement of the stimulus package at Thursday's special government session in Karlovac, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his cabinet ministers visited Ozalj and the town's 110-year-old hydroelectric plant, as well as the newly-renovated wing of the Karlovac General Hospital.
Frane Barbarić, the CEO of the national electricity provider HEP, said hydroelectric plants around the country would be receiving funds: "60 million kunas for the revitalization of the hydro-electric plant at Ozalj is part of an overall plan to revitalize the country's hydroelectric plants, worth some 3.6 billion kunas, and which we hope to complete by 2028."
Health Minister Milan Kujundžić commented on the latest renovations to the Karlovac General Hospital and what means for the government and the local population: "I am particularly proud that we have allocated five million for the training of specialists in emergency family medicine in the fields of paediatrics and gynaecology."
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said Thursday's cabinet session would go a long way towards improving Karlovac County by declaring the region's flood protection project to be of strategic importance.
"This project includes the construction of fifty-two kilometres of new river banks and the renovation of twenty-one kilometres of existing river banks, as well as bulkheads on the Kupa River, three floodgates, the dredging of the Korana River, and bolstering retention walls," said Economy Minister Darko Horvat.
And along with protections to the region's supply of clean drinking water announced by Environment Minister Tomislav Ćorić; Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković presented fourteen projects aimed at improving traffic connections throughout the County, including a new highway and bridge over the Korana River.
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