Illegal construction: Actions against free summer vacations on agricultural land

Many construction sites in Istria are sealed, and the island of Krk is waking up.


November 6, 2023

The appeal to stop further devastation of the coast and to sanction illegal construction, which was recently sent to the competent institutions from the municipality of Ližnjan, has borne fruit, writes Glas Istre.

For days, construction inspectors "combed" several of the most endangered locations in the municipality, which resulted in the sealing of dozens of illegal buildings with the prominent sign "Closed construction site" and a ban on the continuation of construction under the threat of criminal prosecution.

In the settlement paddle there is almost no object that has not been marked with a yellow mark. The place abounds with garages converted into studio apartments and ground-floor buildings 'closed' on several square meters, but there are also multi-storey buildings with landscaped surroundings that can be found in modern urban settlements.

This area with about 60 illegally built buildings lives almost exclusively in the summer months.

The owners are mostly foreigners

Large financial resources invested in buildings without the necessary documentation indicate the fact that the owners of these 'cottages by the sea' were convinced that they were investing in an area where the laws and rules that apply in their countries do not apply. Investors are almost exclusively foreign citizens, he reports Glas Istre.

Information arrives from the State Inspectorate that construction inspectors will not stay only on the territory of Ližnjan, but will expand their inspections to certain zones in the neighboring municipality. Medulin and to the area Vodnjana.

Mayor of Ližnjan municipality, Marko Ravnic, is satisfied that the call for an immediate reaction - sent by the municipal authorities together with the representatives of all political parties in the council - bore fruit. 

Namely, the appeal was sent to the address of three ministries, followed by an urgent and effective reaction of the State Inspectorate. The construction inspection also "combed" other locations, such as the area of ​​Ušić's Dvori, and from the Šišan settlement towards the sea.

Agricultural lands on Krk

Just as we experienced a sudden increase in demand and sales of apartments and houses on the Adriatic after entering Schengen, this could soon happen to agricultural land as well, considering how The moratorium expired on July 1 for foreigners and now they too can freely buy land intended for agricultural production. 

In the area of ​​Picik on Krk, not far from the ferry port of Valbiska, there are numerous caravans, containers, small prefabricated houses, terraces and planted Mediterranean plants.

All this was done on agricultural land and it is all illegal, he reports HRT. Therefore, island leaders are rightly concerned as free vacations on farmland are booming.

There are more and more locals and foreigners who are buying smaller or larger plots of agricultural land at favorable prices in order to spend their summer holidays there.

In order to solve this problem, after the Municipality of Malinska and the City of Krk made a decision which prohibits the installation of any objects on fields intended for agriculture - from tents to mobile homes.

Will the penalties be effective? 

Mayor of Malinska Municipality, Anton Kraljic, asks if we want to have favelas next to construction areas?

The mayor of the city of Krk - the longest-serving mayor in Croatia - Darijo Vasilićhe told HRT that it is an illegal form of tourism and pointed out that all the efforts of a well-thought-out tourism strategy can go down the drain if this problem is not solved.

"This is really not in our interest on the island of Krk, and we insist that the construction inspection in its scope of work, on the other hand, the tourist inspection and our municipal police, do a certain part of the work.", appeals Vasilić.

Penalties are prescribed by the misdemeanor law, and local communities can charge a maximum of 150 euros for natural persons to 1500 for legal entities.

Whether the penalties will be effective and whether all these owners of agricultural parcels will remove illegal structures will be seen at the beginning of the next preseason.

Photo: Stefan Schweihofer/Pixabay
Sources: Glas Istre, HRT


November 6, 2023