Revitalization to lead to the development of Sisak-Moslavina County
ZAGREB, April 19, 2021 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday that a revitalization program for Sisak-Moslavina County would enable its demographic renaissance, economic development, social inclusion and better transport connectivity, and he also supported a project to relaunch local spa tourism. .
Plenković was visiting Topusko, a town in Sisak-Moslavina county, where he attended a meeting of the task force dealing with the aftermath of the December 29 earthquake in the county.
He said that at the meeting, a project was presented to build a smart spa town to help Topusko become one of the country’s medical tourism centers.
Plenković said that by reforming the financing of local and regional authorities, the government had secured an additional 150 million HRK in revenue for these units and that to date two billion kuna of EU-funded projects had been agreed .
He recalled that the government had granted around HRK 200 million in job maintenance assistance to more than 15,000 local workers.
“The government wants, and its team of experts has already drawn up a draft Sisak-Moslavina County revitalization program, to ensure an integral approach that will allow both demographic revitalization and economic development, social inclusion and a better transport connectivity, ”he said. noting that the county was burdened with issues related to the economic transition, the socialist legacy, the aftermath of the homeland war of the 1990s and, more recently, the pandemic and earthquakes.
He said that today’s meeting also discussed a highway project between Popovača and Ogulin to better connect Slavonia with the Lika region and Karlovac county and to help the development of the county of Sisak-Moslavina.
The head of the task force responsible for the consequences of the earthquake of December 29, 2020 in Sisak-Moslavina County, Veterans Affairs Minister Tomo Medved, said that so far, more than 4,000 requests for emergency repairs on properties damaged by the earthquake had been submitted and that, as of May 1, reconstruction of the non-structural elements of the buildings would begin so that conditions could be created until the summer to enable nearly 20,000 families to go home.
The mayor of Topusko, Ivica Kuzmić, said he was satisfied with the project to restore Topusko’s status as a continental tourist center.
The HRK 600 million “Topusko – A Smart Spa Town” project involves the renovation of existing spa facilities and the reconstruction of facilities and infrastructure damaged in the war of the 1990s, as well as the construction of new thermal facilities.
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