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At the 114th session in Pula, the government discussed future projects related to the City of Pula and the County of Istria. Apart from the current situation in Uljanik, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has decided to guarantee 300 million kuna in the next ten days, which will begin the completion of the construction of the Pula Hospital, which is certainly important for the development of tourism. .Decisions for the further development of Istrian tourism pave the way for investments of around 3 billion kunaAt a session in Pula on Thursday, the government made decisions for four future tourism projects at various locations in Istria – for Veliki Brijun, Muzil, Hidrobaza and Saccorgianu – which, after the conversion and with agreements between the local self-government and the Republic of Croatia, should become tourist locations in which, according to estimates, a total of HRK 3 billion would be invested. All four projects, ie the land and facilities on them, are in majority state ownership.Thus, the Government adopted a conclusion on expressing the intention to donate part of the Pula Military Airport to the Municipality of Ližnjan-Lisignano, a decision on the establishment of the Commission for preparation and implementation of the tourist development project Veliki Brijun and several conclusions related to construction, maintenance and reconstruction of transport infrastructure. A decision was made to conclude an agreement on determining the conditions, rights and obligations for the implementation of several projects – the former military complex “Muzil”, the site “Hidrobaza” and the bay “Saccorgiana”.Brijuni CommissionAt the Government session, the Minister of State Property Goran Marić stated a number of proposed decisions, ie conclusions, first of all, the proposed decision on the establishment of the Commission for the preparation and implementation of the Brijuni tourism development project. Among other things, he announced a proposal for decisions on the conclusion of the Agreement on determining the conditions, rights and obligations for the implementation of the Muzil, Hidrobaza and Saccorgiana projects. At the same time, Minister Marić presented proposals for decisions, ie conclusions on the donation of state real estate in Pula, Umag, Rovinj, Buje, Novigrad, and the Municipality of Pićan to these local governments.Istrian Y in full profileAfter the European Commission approved the extension of the contract with the concessionaire of the Istrian Y Bina-Istra on June 14 this year and thus gave the green light for the construction of the full profile of the motorway on the section Pazin-tunnel Učka, a precondition was created to start the investment. construction of a full profile on the section Pazin-tunnel Učka.Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković emphasized the importance of the Istrian Y, because the main traffic connection connecting Istria with the rest of Croatia and announced the construction of another lane in each direction and one stop from the Rogovići junction to Vranje, a 28 km long section on the northeast side of the highway. The works will include, among other things, the construction of 11 viaducts, 14 underpasses, 3 overpasses and the demolition of 3 existing ones. He pointed out that about 95 percent of the work will be performed by Croatian state and local construction companies as subcontractors, and that the investment will enable an additional thousand employees during the construction period. read more
While their livelihoods are already affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, small-scale fishermen in the country may face more danger in the form of a contentious omnibus bill on job creation, which may place them in an unfair competition with larger fishermen.Madina, 47, a fisherman for over two decades in Cilincing, North Jakarta, said 2020 had so far been the hardest year to make ends meet.The period from March to May is typically not off-season for fishing, even for small-scale fishermen with small boats like himself. Yet he has not been able to find markets or wholesalers who wanted to buy his catch at a proper price in the past few months, given that many businesses — like restaurants — are suffering financially due to the COVID-19 outbreak.He said he used to be able to sell various fish at around Rp 18,000 (US$1.20) per kilogram and up to Rp 30,000 for crabs. But now, he can only sell fish for Rp 10,000 per kg and even as low as Rp 5,500 per kg to fish-curing businesses just to get through the day.The daily volume of fishing catch varies among fishermen, depending on the size of their boats. A small fishing vessel with two to three additional crew members can usually catch 20 to 40 kg of fish during regular seasons, according to Madina. Meanwhile, he must spend at least Rp 160,000 a day on fuel and other expenses for fishing.“Because of the pandemic and social restrictions, every [fishermen] here in Cilincing is affected,” Madina told The Jakarta Post. “But we can’t keep wallowing in it.” Activists have warned of another looming threat even when the pandemic is over, namely the omnibus bill, which is heavy on luring new investments and revises several provisions in the 2004 law on fisheries and the 2016 law on protection for small-scale fishermen. In particular, it no longer distinguishes between fishermen with large boats and those with small boats, which critics say may put small-scale fishermen in an unfair competition with larger fishermen.According to the 2004 law, small-scale fishermen are those operating boats under 5 gross tonnage (GT). While the 2016 law regulates privileges and government subsidies for fishermen with boats under 10 GT.Activists have also criticized the omnibus bill for requiring small fishermen to have permits.“If there are no distinct categories, we fear that larger-scale fishermen would receive the same privileges as smaller fishermen,” Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (Kehati) program director Rony Megawanto said in a recent online public discussion.He warned that the omnibus bill would also encourage overfishing and threaten marine biodiversity.Not many low-educated small-scale fishermen realize the impacts the omnibus bill would have on their livelihoods in the long run, Madina said.“Not to mention, not many of us have access to information about the omnibus bill,” he said.Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s director general for capture fishery Zulfikar Muchtar said that under the omnibus bill, fishermen would instead be classified according to the scale of their business.“If we run a simulation based on the scale of business, small fishermen will be on par with micro and small enterprises. These small-scale fishermen will later be exempted from certain regulations [and obligations], just like what the government is doing with micro and small enterprises,” Zulfikar said.He promised to look into the issue and map the needs of small-scale fishermen, who make up around 90 percent of fisherfolk in Indonesia.According to ministry data, there are 572,270 fishing boats in the country, 506,720 of which are boats smaller than 5 GT, 43,696 between 5 and 10 GT, 17,121 between 10 and 30 GT, and 4,734 are big boats with over 30 GT.Zulfikar said any adjustments favoring traditional fishermen could be followed up by implementing new government regulations (PP) after the omnibus bill was passed into law.Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo has encouraged fishermen to apply for loans at the Public Service Agency for Marine and Fisheries Capital Management (BLU-LPMUKP).“Let’s make use of the BLU loan which offers an interest rate of only 3 percent,” Edhy said during a recent virtual public audience with the Indonesian Traditional Fishermen Association (KNTI).Topics : read more
Munster are on track for a home semi-final in the PRO 12.They came from behind four times to edge Ulster 22-20 in a thriller at Thomond Park yesterday.Leinster secured home advantage thanks to their 37-24 derby win over Connacht in Galway. Photo © Pat Flynn