Forty million kuna will be invested until the end of 2021 for a project for the reconstruction and upgrade of the western section of Cres port, with most the funds being provided from EU funds, the project's promoter, the port authority in Cres, said on Friday.
The construction works will be financed from the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Programme with a grant of HRK 29.2 million, while the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure will secure HRK 5.1 million and the remainder will be supplied by the port authority.
According to port director Anton Opatic, a 185 metre breakwater will be constructed that will serve to berth passenger ships as well as on-land facilities.
This will allow for better connectivity between Cres and other islands in the Kvarner area and reduce overcrowding during peak traffic.
Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic said that grants are being obtained for projects along the entire coast, adding that this will contribute to the renaissance of Croatia's coast.
MEP Tonino Picula said that the islands are communities that have managed over the past few years to establish themselves as very important and have managed to develop thanks to EU funds.
Croatia has 1,244 islands, about 50 of them are settled and ten are beneficiaries of European energy transition projects, Picula said.