30 April 2019 – The President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović took part in a seafront opening ceremony on the island of Susak, which she marked by cutting the lošinjski krokant, a local sweet delicacy, with a sabre.
At the opening of the new Susak seafront, the President of the Republic noted that the island has an excellent climate and a beautiful landscape, and that progress is visible, although there are still a number of issues that are causing the depopulation of the island.
“The new seafront on Susak is a capital investment. I hope that it will not only attract more tourists to Susak, but also encourage the residents of Susak to return to this wonderful island,” President Grabar-Kitarović remarked.
As a result of the depopulation of Susak, the Croatian President called on the Government to stimulate the island’s revival through fiscal policies, which the President believes is also significantly impacted by transport links with the mainland. It is important to ensure high-quality education of young people on the islands and to create working conditions for residents equal to those on the mainland, the President of the Republic underscored.
Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Prefect Zlatko Komadina, Mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić, Director of the County Port Authority in Mali Lošinj Filip Balija and other guests attended the seafront opening ceremony.
After the ceremony, the President of the Republic visited the primary school on the island of Susak and the Emigrants’ Club located there.
Following her stay in Veli Lošinj and on the island of Susak, President Grabar-Kitarović is due to visit the island of Vele Srakane, where her meeting with residents of the islands of Vele and Male Srakane is scheduled. On the island of Unije, the Croatian President will meet with residents and attend the presentation of the project “Island of Unije – A Self-Sustainable Island.” President Grabar-Kitarović will conclude the second day of her three-day visit by meeting with residents of Nerezine and Sveti Jakov on the island of Lošinj.
(Text/Photos: Office of the President)