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In conformity with article 15 of the Statute of the Municipality
of Medulin (Municipality of Medulin’s Official Journal nr. 4/01,
2/02, 8/03 and 4/04, 7/05 ), on its 34th meeting, held on the 14th
April 2009, the City Council brings about the following
MUNICIPALITY OF MEDULIN'S
REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION PLANS FOR A
RWMC IN THE KAŠTIJUN LOCATION AREA
1. The Municipality of Medulin City Council’s opinion regarding
the construction plans for a Regional Waste Management Center
remains unaltered. The location Kastijun for the construction of a
RWMC is UNACCEPTABLE.
2 The Municipality of Medulin City Council sees the location
“Kastijun” as an imposition by the Istrian Region against the will
of the citizens and all the governmental institutions of the
Municipality of Medulin.
3 The way the location for the RWMC has been selected, the
environmental impact study has been made and the studies regarding
the facilities to be built have been carried out, together with
the speculations about the RWMC total area and other activities
connected to the Center, have and still are being carried out with
a total lack of transparency, without ever consulting the local
self-government and the citizens, the decisions being imposed upon
the population without a proper resolution and in a totally
4 The public opinion is presented only with part of the
construction plans, that is only certain construction phases,
whereby only communal waste is mentioned, and, with the excuse of
a multi-phases construction plan, no mention of medical waste
management or “temporary “ toxic waste deposit is ever made.
Moreover, no answer is given to those wondering about the disposal
of the sewage water coming from all the Istrian water treatment
facilities (the Croatian Water Management Department statements
making it clear to everybody that the planned disposal center
would be KAŠTIJUN) .
5 The City Council has learned exclusively from the press that the
environmental impact study it has been presented with and which
was unanimously rejected during the public hearings, has actually
been carried out in an inadequate way and has been scheduled for
revision (correction). After the study has then been corrected,
and without us being informed of those modifications, thus without
a new public discussion, the location permit is now being applied
for, once again in an untransparent way, far from the eyes of
public opinion and the local self-government institutions – the
Municipality of Medulin. It seems obvious that the applicant has
certain hidden reasons. Thus, the Municipality of Medulin will ask
the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and
Construction and the Istrian Region to be permitted to examine
this new modified study in order to hold a new public discussion.
6 The Municipality of Medulin City Council believes that the RWMC
represents a problem of interest for the whole Istrian Region, not
only the Municipalities of Medulin and Pula, and as such needs to
be discussed in coordination with the majors and officials of all
the Istrian Region towns and municipalities to find a satisfactory
solution for all or cancel the project.
The communal waste of the whole of the former Municipality of Pula
has been disposed of for the last 40 years in the center of the
Municipality of Medulin, and now the plan is to dump the whole of
the county’s waste between Pula and Medulin, not taking into
consideration that in 10 years time the City of Pula and the
Municipality of Medulin will practically merge and be left with a
400.000 m2 dung-hill at the center of the two.
Because of the reasons stated above, we support the Municipality
of Medulin Citizens’ Initiative and their proposal to find other
possible locations for the RWMC. In line with that, a comparative
analysis of all the suitable locations for the construction of the
Center within the Istrian Region will be started. We propose to
take into consideration as one of the possible locations the
Municipality of Kanfanar one more time.
7 The Municipality of Medulin City Council believes that the
construction of a RWMC within the location area Kaštijun would
definitely and irrevocably destroy the tourism and agricultural
industry of the Municipality of Medulin. The citizens of the whole
municipality would then become the victims of dirty industries,
the victims of atmospheric and sound pollution, as opposed to the
blessings they now enjoy: peace and quiet, fresh air and a clean
A typical example of such a prospect is the Rockwool Factory in
Potpićan, whereby we wish to underline that plans still can be
changed, whereas what has already been built CANNOT !
8 The Municipality of Medulin City Council retains its right to
prevent the construction of a RWMC in Kaštijun with all the
available means and calls for Medulin’s municipal government, the
municipality’s local committees and all the citizens to continue
with their legitimate fight against the construction of such a
center in the hearth of our municipality.
9 We wish hereby to express our support to the Municipality of
Medulin Citizens’ Initiative in its plan to organize, with the
help of local committees, the signing of a petition against
Kaštijun as location for the RWMC.
During the next City Council meeting a joint task force made of
the representatives of the City Council and the Citizens’
Initiative representatives will be constituted with the objective
of drawing up a plan of activities with precise carriers and time
limits and which will report to the City Council on a regular
Protocol nr.: 2168/02-05-007-09/3
Medulin, 14th April 2009.
CITY COUNCIL – MUNICIPALITY OF MEDULIN
Medulin – Istra - CROATIA