A little more than four months after the devastating earthquake that caused 86 billion kuna in damages to Zagreb and its surroundings, the Law on Reconstruction of Zagreb following the earthquake has entered into parliamentary debate.
The law will pass through two readings and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has said that the government is open for quality proposals from the opposition. Plenković presented the law accompanied by three ministers.
He said that in ten seconds the earthquake took one life and caused 86 billion kuna in damages to 25,000 buildings in and around Zagreb, which he added is 60% of the state budget.
“We will therefore carefully try to combine national funds and international sources of funding to realize the reconstruction of the City of Zagreb in the years ahead. There is no instant solution here, nor will any of us hear any illusions that everything will be rebuilt and repaired quickly. It is simply not realistic and impossible,” said Plenković.
The opposition was interested in specific sources of funds for reconstruction. Social Democratic Party member Peđa Grbin noted that the fund and contract the Prime Minister mentioned are worth around 700 million euros, while reconstruction is worth 11 billion euros.
“These over 500 million are grants, 200 million from the World Bank you will ratify in I guess, one reading on Friday, and the remainder we will strive to fund both through the Multiannual Financial Framework and through future generations, there is room and we are currently working on how to put it in the function of the reconstruction of the City of Zagreb,” said the Prime Minister.
Marija Selak Raspudić from the Most party asked the Prime Minister in what manner he will ensure transparency in the implementation of spending funds?
“The law is written precisely in that way, that a role is played by the responsible ministry, a role is played by the future fund that is responsible, that prices are limited, that a public tender will be issued for all of those that will carry out project design or execution of works,” said Plenković.
The debate in parliament was also not lacking in criticism of the way Mayor Milan Bandić is managing Zagreb.
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