HRK 946m envisaged for culture under NPOO

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(Hina) - Culture and Construction Ministers Nina Obuljen Koržinek and Darko Horvat on Friday presented the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOO) sections on building reconstruction (with an estimated investments of HRK 6.1 billion) and culture (HRK 946 million).

The planned amount of 946 million for culture makes up 1.9% of the whole NPOO plan.

Minister Obuljen Koržinek presented the three segments pertaining to culture and media.

The first of them is about boosting the resilience of the cultural and creative industries, and envisages HRK 300 million and two reforms.

One of the two reforms is about boosting the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries, with an emphasis on reinforcing the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises on the digital market.

The other reform deals with the establishment of fact-checking mechanisms to curb fake news, and a partner in this reform is the Electronic Media Council.

Dissemination of misinformation and fake news undermines the existence of media outlets and the objective of the reform is to develop a fact-checking system that can address this problem as well as check information about the ownership of a media outlet and its models of financing, Obuljen Koržinek said.

The second segment presented by the culture minister is about digital transformation of archive records and the development of the national archive information system, and HRK 265 million is stipulated for that part, as well as an additional HRK 81 million for developing digital infrastructure and services of public administration by establishing a system for conservation-related documentation.

The third segment from culture is the energy renovation of listed buildings, and HRK 300 million is envisaged for that purpose.

Construction ministry to be engaged in implementing investments estimated at HRK 6.14bn

Minister Horvat said that his ministry would participate in the implementation of 12 reform measures and five investments, worth HRK 6.14 billion.

Of that amount, HRK 5.59 billion goes for the reconstruction of buildings, and 180 million for digital transformation.

The implementation of the recovery plan is likely to start in late 2021.

An advance payment in the amount of HRK 6.1 billion can be expected this year. This is 13% of the total value of the NPOO plan.

(€1= HRK 7.5)