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Croatia launches 92.4 mln euro EU-backed water supply project

Croatia launches 92.4 mln euro EU-backed water supply project

ZAGREB (Croatia), September 6 (SeeNews) - Croatia is launching a 684 million kuna ($102 million/92.4 million euro) project co-financed by the EU for improving the water supply infrastructure of the town of Zapresic and six other municipalities in Zagreb county, the environment ministry has said. 

Two contracts have been signed for the purpose - a grant agreement and a co-financing agreement, aimed at supporting the project for improving the water supply of Zapresic agglomeration located some 20 kilometres west of Zagreb, the environment ministry said in a statement on Wednesday after the signing ceremony.

The project will be financed with 387.8 million kuna, or 70% of total costs, from the European Union's Operational Programme "Competitiveness and cohesion".

Environment minister Tomislav Coric was quoted as saying that the project should be completed by the end of 2022. 

"The rate of connection to the public water supply system in the Zapresic area will increase from the current 69% to 92%", Zoran Djurokovic, CEO of state-run water management company Hrvatske Vode, who was also present at the contracts signing ceremony, was quoted as saying in the statement.