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ZAGREB (Croatia), November 4 (SeeNews) - The European Commission said on Monday it has given its approval to two projects worth a combined 156.6 million euro ($174.7 million) to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Croatia.
In particular, a total of 105.6 million euro will go to build and upgrade 350 km of water supply and waste water network in the Kastela-Trogir area in the Split-Dalmatia county in southern Croatia, the Commission said in a statement.
Another 51 million euro will be invested in the Zapresic area, near the capital Zagreb, in improving the drinking water supply system and building an additional wastewater pipeline, the statement said.
Both projects should be operational in 2023, it added.
"These EU-funded projects in Croatia show that Cohesion Policy can do so much: improve everyday life by giving people access to quality drinking water, protect the sea and the environment and boost tourism and the local economy," EU environment and maritime affairs commissioner, Karmenu Vella, said in the statement.
The Kastela-Trogir project will increase the water supply and wastewater connection rate, allowing almost the entire population of 63,000 people in the area to be connected to the network, the Commission said.
It will also tackle sea water pollution, improving the quality of bathing water in this area where tourism accounts for 3,500 jobs. The project also includes building the extension of the Divulje wastewater treatment plant and the construction of a similar plant on the island of Ciovo.
The Zapresic project, on the other hand, will allow almost 7,000 inhabitants to get access to better drinking water thanks to EU-funded works on the network. In addition, more than 19,000 people in the area will now be connected to the wastewater network, thanks to 135 km of additional pipeline.