Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) January 12, 2018 – The Ministry of Infrastructure intends to change the law, according to which Luka Koper is paying the concession fee to the municipalities of Ankaran and Koper. The municipality of Ankaran would receive 18% of this benefit, while the municipality of Koper received 82%. For the latter, the proposal is acceptable, but not for Ankaran.
Gašperšič met today with the mayors of the Municipality of Koper Boris Popovič and the municipality of Ankaran Gregor Strmčnik and presented them with a proposal for a new way of dividing the concession fee between the municipalities on the basis of criteria from the adopted Maritime Code last year. “It was a wish to divide the concession fee between the two municipalities in a fairer way,” the minister explained.
The Regulation rule on the management of the cargo port in Koper envisages that the concession belonging to the local communities should be distributed in such a way that 55% of the funds are allocated to the municipality of Koper and 45% to the Ankaran municipality.
In the last adopted Maritime Code, the Ministry created legal bases for a new way of sharing. According to the Minister, three criteria have been defined, namely the surface area of the port area, and the new surface area, the size of the municipality and the number of its inhabitants.
At today’s meeting, the ministry proposed that all three criteria be taken into account in the same way, and on this basis, the distribution would be 18% of the tax to the municipality of Ankaran and 82% to the municipality of Koper. According to the minister, the mayors of municipalities will examine the proposal within a week.
Koprivnica Mayor Boris Popovič is pleased with the proposal of the ministry. He explained that the previous division was unacceptable to them. “A fairer division is proposed, it is not ideal for us, but it is more honest,” he stressed.
On the other hand, Ankaran is not satisfied. The topic is complex, but the current proposal for a division is still unacceptable and inappropriate for Ankaran. According to his three criteria, the fourth criterion is missing – the basic criterion. The Mayor of Ankaran believes that the size of the municipality’s resources for carrying out this activity should be taken into account , and stressed that Ankaran devotes one-third of the area to the territory of the state spatial plan for the port.
“The criterion for the number of inhabitants is somewhat inappropriate for incorporating it into the formula, but it can be part of the compromise and cooperation of two local communities,” he said. Strmčnik suggested that the necessary increase in the concession for the Koper municipality could be at the expense of a somewhat reduced income to the state.
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