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The public support will cover the difference between revenues from ferry tickets and the cost of operating the ferries regularly The public support will cover the difference between revenues from ferry tickets and the cost of operating the ferries regularly

Funding Approved for Croatian Islands Ferry Connections

European Commission has found Croatia’s plans to grant HRK250 million (USD39.783 million) to ensure regular ferry connections on five routes between Croatian islands and the mainland to be in line with EU State aid rules.

The public funding will contribute to the connectivity and development of the islands without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.

Margrethe Vestager, commissioner, competition policy, European Commission, said, "For citizens living on Croatian islands, a connection to the mainland is essential. So I am happy that we are approving public support for ferry connections ensuring the link between five Croatian islands and the rest of Croatia not only during the peak tourist season in the summer, but throughout the year."

The public support will be granted to maritime companies winning a relevant tender.