Croatian environmentalists have welcomed the possibility of the government abandoning its plan to build a coal-fired thermal power plant, as announced by Environment Minister Slaven Dobrovic on Saturday.
"If the government abandons the Plomin C project, that will be excellent news both for environmental protection and for the energy sector in Croatia," Bernard Ivcic, the head of Croatia's largest non-government organisation for environmental protection, Green Action, told Hina.
Ivcic said that a final decision had not been made yet, adding that there had been media reports in recent days saying that the government would try to further negotiate an agreement with the Japanese Marubeni company. "It's too early to celebrate," he said.
Ivcic said that statements by the new Environment Minister Dobrovic about Plomin C, waste management and a circular economy were encouraging. "We hope that Mr Dobrovic will use his influence to ensure that the Plomin C and Adriatic oil drilling projects are abandoned. We should wait for his announcements to be supported by the government as a whole."
Environmental activist Vjeran Pirsic said that the new minister was the best thing that could happen to Croatia's environment sector. "According to information available to us, a meeting has been held in Brussels at which the Commission made it clear to the Croatian government that it would not allow the agreement with Marubeni to be signed because it is extremely preferential."
Pirsic advocates a systematic transition to a post-fossil society.