Catholic church in Croatia secures €160 million from EU Solidarity Fund

Croatia's biggest Catholic Cathedral in Zagreb. [Shutterstock / BalkansCat]

The Catholic Church is the biggest winner of money from the EU Solidarity Fund. Of 150 contracted projects worth 3.5 billion kuna (€466 million) through cultural heritage protection measures, 50 projects worth as much as 1.2 billion kuna (€160 million) have been contracted through the Ministry of Culture, EURACTIV’s partner Jutarnji list has reported.

One-third of all projects for the restoration of cultural heritage relates to sacral buildings damaged in the earthquakes in Zagreb and Banija, a region close to the capital. The Zagreb Cathedral is the largest single winner with more than 190 million kuna (€25.3 million).

Euractiv.com previously reported on the possibility that Croatia will have to return most of the resources to the Fund due to a too-long period of reconstruction negotiations.

Jutarnji list reported that reasons for the swift and significant allocations could include the fact that documentation already exists for many churches and sacral buildings, so no time was wasted on it. The church is not obliged to use public procurement to perform all works according to the Ordinance on non-obligatory public procurement, which is also recognised in the withdrawal of European funds.

And third, people in the church hired professionals to prepare all the documentation.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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