ZAGREB, Dec 14 (Hina) – An agreement on an HRK 881.2 million grant for the development of the water supply and utilities infrastructure in the agglomeration of Dubrovnik was signed in that city on Monday.
The EU-funded project is the biggest project for the upgrade of water supply and sewerage systems in Dubrovnik and its environs.
Speaking at the agreement-signing ceremony in that southernmost Croatian city, Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Coric said that the project would solve problems related to water management and sewerage on that part of the coast.
He recalled that the agglomeration in Dubrovnik-Neretva County had to date signed contracts worth HRK 1.58 billion for the improvement of the quality of life. In the next four years, Croatia can expect the implementation of works valued at HRK 25 billion, and this will have an effect on the contribution of the construction sector to the country’s GDP and to its economic recover, Coric said.
The grant agreement signed today also envisages the construction of a new water purification plant at Petka Hill and the extension of the sewerage and water supply network in the Dubrovnik agglomeration.
A month ago, the project was greenlighted by the staff of JASPERS, a partnership between the European Commission (Directorate General for Regional Policy), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW). It is a technical assistance facility which targets assistance on major infrastructure projects supported by the EU funds, such as roads, rail, water, waste, energy and urban transport projects.