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Foreign Minister Miro Kovac described on Thursday as "sloppy" the purchase of a building in Brussels in 2013 which was to have housed Croatia's permanent representation to the European Union with a staff of 90, yet remains empty.

The previous government bought the 4,000-square-metre building for EUR 11.5 million. The building has still not been renovated, so Croatia's representation is still renting premises for EUR 16,000 a month.

Kovac told the press the building was bought without a cost-effectiveness analysis having been made and that not all permits had been obtained either.

Renovation works have been estimated at HRK 5.3 million. "This has been sloppy in a way and there's a danger of it turning into a bottomless hole. But we'll have to prevent that," Kovac said.

The State Audit Office recently again pointed to the problem of the building.

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