The Croatian government is expected to present a bill soon that would legalise some 150,000 illegally built properties in Croatia, the daily Jutarnji List writes.
The government proposes to fine the owners, with fees going toward local and state budgets. The new law would give these property owners a second chance, Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor has said.
Not all illegally built properties would be legalised, however. Those in protected natural areas on cultural heritage territory would remain unlawful. The idea about the legalisation had been proposed several years ago by several officials of the Croatian Employers Union (HUP), who reasoned that the move would ensure additional budget contributions while at the same time giving people a second chance.
June 6, 2011