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Croatian President commends coastal community’s progress

Croatia's President Zoran Milanović on Sunday attended a special session of the Municipal Council of Vir, near the coastal city of Zadar, expressing satisfaction with the progress of that community, which, he said, had often been mocked in the past.

Zagreb, 30 August 2021 (Hina/MIA) — Croatia’s President Zoran Milanović on Sunday attended a special session of the Municipal Council of Vir, near the coastal city of Zadar, expressing satisfaction with the progress of that community, which, he said, had often been mocked in the past.

“Vir today has a high revenue which it manages well, it has profited from [property] legalization and it does with the money what its residents expect it to do. I can see that local authorities work in the interest of citizens and that citizens trust them,” he said in an address at the session, advising local authorities to apply for EU funds.

He noted that during its membership of the EU so far Croatia had absorbed around HRK 40 billion, which, he said, sounded a lot but was actually little.

“We must, and I believe that we know how to and will, absorb much more money, that possibility is opening up now with the next financial period in which significant funds will be made available to Croatia, plus funds under the NextGenerationEU project, a major EU instrument for recovery from the crisis,” he said.

“Your agglomeration project is excellent. One billion kuna for Vir alone… I fully support the government, ministries and all who work on it because it is not simple. One has to know how to use that money… It takes persistence, competence, tactic and taking care of one’s own interests.

“The EU is a good thing but we are primarily a national state… that is where everything began and what people fought and died for,” Milanović said in his address, among other things.

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