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19 Aprile 2021



The daily reports the details of seven key investment projects planned until 2027 which will transform Croatia such that within six to seven years it will have the chance to create the conditions necessary for long term and sustainable economic development. The authors of the project point out that, for this goal to be achieved, key economic, infrastructure and scientific projects need to be implemented which will then attract investment but also create strong synergy between the scientific research community and the private sector.  The first investment described is the ambitious reconstruction of the Zagreb city center “for the 22nd century.” Following the earthquake in 2020, city planning officials gathered together experts to form 12 work groups who developed the concept for Blok-19, which should be the model for reconstruction of the rest of Zagreb’s city center blocks. By 2050, Blok-19 would be transformed to contain a gallery dedicated to sculptor Dusan Dzamonja, a cultural center, open air theater, a design studio and a new building for mixed commercial and residential use. The architects of this project have also considered new heating methods, tram stops with ‘green’ roofs, underground parking, integrated public transportation and better building maintenance systems. The second of the seven key projects is the development of a campus and new headquarters for the Croatian electric vehicle and components manufacturer Rimac Automobili that is worth over HRK 1.5 billion (ca. EUR 201,3 million)—at which will be the center for research and development (R&D) and production that will allow the company to grow from production of prototypes to the large scale production of high performance electrical drive systems for numerous global automotive brands. The future campus is expected to employ around 2,500 people and will also have an animal shelter, veterinary clinic, hairdresser and some vegetable gardens. The third major investment will be in telecommunications with ultrafast internet based on the 5G network. Up to HRK 5.6 billion (ca. EUR 751,6 million) is expected to be invested in ultrafast wideband internet until 2027, of which around HRK 1.9 billion (ca. EUR 255 million) will be invested by the private sector and HRK 3.7 billion (ca. EUR 49,7 million)  in financing absorbed from various European Union (EU) funds. The Croatian scientific Institute Ruder Boskovic (IRB) has signed contracts for the purchase of scientific equipment and construction of new buildings, worth a total of EUR 72 million. Much of this investment will further cement cooperation between IRB and industry, especially pharmaceutical and food industries. The Croatian power company Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP) will invest around HRK 1 billion (ca. EUR 134,2 million) annually until 2030 in renewable sources of energy, increasing their share in total production from 35% to 50%. This investment includes new hydroelectric generating stations, high efficiency co-generation plants, wind farms, solar power and others. This represents a major step towards full transition to ‘green’ energy for Croatia, which is the goal set for 2050. The sixth key investment project is the lowland railway from the Rijeka port, through Zagreb, to the Hungarian border. This would increase the attractiveness of the Rijeka port for handling cargo intended for the EU. Currently three segments of this rail line are under reconstruction with the projects financed from EU funds. The entire project should be completed by 2027 at a total cost of EUR 2.8 billion. The seventh project described is the construction of the highway from Metkovic to Dubrovnik, only 47 km in length but estimated to cost HRK 9.1 billion (ca. EUR 1,2 billion) due to 21 bridges and 20 tunnels.Construction should start in late 2024 and be completed by 2029. (ICE ZAGABRIA)

Fonte notizia: VECERNJI LIST online edition 19/4/2021