OCTOBER 30 2012 19:23h
The mayor ironically commented that it was obvious that "Croatia does not need any new investments and new jobs" despite the economic crisis.
The treatment of the Brijuni Riviera, which includes Monumenti, Sveta Katarina island and Hidrobaza, as a protected cultural heritage site is opposed by the City of Pula whose planning authorities have already designated the area for the development of the tourist industry.
Mayor Miletic said he could not understand why the Culture Ministry did not respect the will and plans of the local authorities. "I can understand that some buildings in the concerned area should be protected, but it remains to be seen whether the ministry will now care for the area and invest in its protection," Miletic said, explaining that there was no reason to proclaim the entire area as protected cultural heritage.
Expressing fear that the ministry would not allocate any money for the protection, he said that "this is about the seriousness of the government. This is a government project where international bids have been invited in the foreign press," Miletic said, adding that the the Culture Ministry's latest decision was in contravention of the tender.
In August, Istria County head Ivan Jakovcic also expressed his indignation at the first decision by the Ministry of Culture to declare the Hidrobaza area of Pula a cultural heritage site while tenders were being called for the Brijuni Rivijera development project.
"To change the terms of investment at tender stage is unacceptable and irresponsible. A similar thing happened with the Katarina-Monumenti site. A few days after the closure of the tender process a similar decision was made that fully changed the tender terms," Jakovcic said then.
"Such behaviour of individuals undermines the reputation of the Republic of Croatia and requires urgent measures and severe sanctions because of their irresponsible behaviour," he added.
Jakovcic called on interested investors not to apply for the tender for the Hidrobaza site in Pula and the Pineta site in nearby Fazana because as head of Istria County he cannot guarantee them legal and investment security "until all dubious relations in the relevant ministries have been cleared up." (Hina)