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The town of Vis on the southern Dalmatian island of Vis, is to take the Republic of Croatia to court regarding ownership rights of its former military zones. Vis town has a plan for its four former military zones and wants to lease them or give them up for concession through an international public tender, but first, the problem of ownership needs to be solved with the state, writes newspaper Novi list.
Ever since the beginning of June 1992, when the JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) left the island of Vis, the property that belonged to the former army has unrecognisably deteriorated. Four former military complexes, now owned by the state, are situated on attractive locations and include several attractive buildings such as Villa Ceska, which has already attracted the attention of several foreign investors.
"We have, through our spatial plans, defined the uses for four military zones in detail. We want to move the ferry dock from the overcrowded center of Vis to Nova posta Parje (New Post Parje). Villa Ceska is located at the attractive penninsula at the southern entrance to the harbour. There, we plan to build a five star hotel with 150 beds capacity. The former military area Stonac will become a hotel with 350 beds capacity, while Zlopolje, the only area situated in the continental part of the island will become an entrepreneurial zone with a new winery, oil manufacturing plant and other agricultural capacities," says Ivo Radica, the Mayor of Vis.
Radica says he was forced to sue the state, considering that unused, destroyed military facilities in the town of Vis still represent large commercial and tourism potential.
The first hearing in the proceedings of Vis town against Croatia will be held in the beginning of autumn, at the Municipal Court in Split. The lawsuit challenges the admission of the state as the owner of the military facilities and seeks that the town of Vis be entered as the sole owner of the former military zones.
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