ZAGREB (Croatia), September 17 (SeeNews) - The European Union (EU) will invest more than 48 million euro ($53 million) in the upgrade of a children hospital in Srebrnjak, near the capital of Zagreb, to a clinical research centre, the European Commission (EC) said on Tuesday.
The project includes the construction of a 15,000 sq m facility and the purchase of medical and research equipment, as the money will be secured from the European Regional Development Fund, the EC said in a press release.
"Thanks to this project, children in Croatia will benefit from the latest medical research and Croatian researchers will enjoy world-class facilities near Zagreb to conduct their work," Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for health and food safety, said as quoted in the press release.
The project's goal is to keep medical researchers and practitioners in Croatia, as well as to increase hospital staff by 67%.
The new centre will have an eco-friendly design, as waste and water consumption will be reduced. It should be completed by February 2022.
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