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EBRD funding secures completion of wastewater project in Croatia

The Croatian town of Poreč, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic coast will be able to complete a critical water infrastructure project in the challenging environment of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic thanks to a EUR 6 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The project includes the extension and reconstruction of the sewerage network and the construction of four new wastewater treatment plants.

The Croatian town of Poreč, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic coast (photo courtesy EBRD).

The new facilities will have the capacity to treat 3.2 million m3 of wastewater annually in line with the EU regulations. The recipient is Odvodnja d.o.o. Poreč, a municipal company providing wastewater collection and treatment services, servicing the town and surrounding municipalities.

Odvodnja Poreč is undertaking one of the most important water management ventures in the region with numerous challenges and under unforeseen circumstances. Our EU Poreč project is entering its final phase of construction of the wastewater network infrastructure. The majority of works are scheduled to be completed during 2020, and EBRD funding will secure their unobstructed and successful completion, to the satisfaction of not only the project’s stakeholders, but more importantly, to the residents of Poreč, for whose benefit this project was envisaged, said Milan Laković, Director of Odvodnja Poreč.

The additional EBRD finance complements an earlier EUR 4 million loan provided in parallel with EU Structural Funds.

The EBRD is committed to continuing its support for investments in Croatia despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Odvodnja Poreč and the city of Poreč are our long-term clients, and we are very happy to provide this additional financing required to finalize much-needed investments in the local wastewater network, said Victoria Zinchuk, EBRD Director, Head of Croatia.

The EBRD signed its first project in Croatia in 1994 and has invested over EUR 3.9 billion in 218 projects there to date. The Bank’s activities include all areas of the economy, with a special focus on the infrastructure, corporate, financial institutions, and energy sectors.

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