EU Funds and Regional Development Minister Nataša Tramišak said on Friday in Split that HRK 7.8 billion would be earmarked for development projects on Croatian islands until 2027.
The national plan for the development of islands will provide a scope for investments, and we have assessed that 7.8 billion kuna will be necessary for the implementation of measures envisaged by the plan. However, that amount is not definite and other ministries are expected to make contributions to additional investments in compliance with the money made available in EU funds until 2027, Minister Tramišak told the press.
Tramišak held the news conference after she awarded seven contracts, worth HRK 22 million in total, on regulating the state’s co-funding of the EU-funded projects. The total value of those seven projects which will be implemented in Split-Dalmatia County stands at 223 million kuna, and 140 million will be covered by EU funding. After Split, Tramišak travelled to Hvar for a ceremony of awarding HRK 4 million worth of contracts on that island.
The registry of islands and the national island development plan will be presented at that ceremony.
More than six billion kuna was invested from national funds into different activities and projects for the islands in the 2016-2020 period.
Croatia has 1,244 islands, and 45 islands are permanently or temporarily inhabited, with 51 maritime routes, 58 community health centres, 102 primary and 13 high schools, and 23 care homes.