President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday she expected the next government, to be formed after the September 11 election, to give priority to reviving the Adriatic islands, adding that she had addressed to the present government a proposal with 13 measures for the revitalisation of the islands.
"Motivated by a desire for the development of the Croatian islands to finally become one of the most important development issues in the country, I addressed to the government a proposal with 13 measures for the revitalisation of the islands. Not much has been done, and new elections are upon us. A new government will soon take responsibility for the country and I expect it to give priority to revitalising the islands," Grabar-Kitarovic said in Stari Grad on the southern island of Hvar at the opening of the Days in the Bay festival, which marks 2,400 years since the town's foundation.
Speaking of her expectations from the next government, the president said that in designing economic and demographic measures the specific aspects of life on the islands should be taken into account. She added that it should be made possible for the island people to continue living on the islands and for young people from elsewhere in Croatia who so wish to come to live on the islands by improving and reducing the cost of transport and by developing and upgrading the infrastructure that will ensure a standard of living equal to that in the most developed parts of the country.