The European Union announced on 17 September that it is investing more than €48 million from the European Regional Development Fund to extend the Children’s Hospital in Srebrnjak, Croatia.

The project involves the construction of a facility and the purchase of research and medical equipment, to transform the hospital into a research centre for development of new medicines, with an expected increase in hospital staff by 67%. Once completed in 2022, the hospital will focus on treating common and chronic diseases in children and adolescents.

“The EU Cohesion Policy is about improving peoples’ lives, and in this case, about saving lives.”, said EU Commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.

The new facility will also have an eco-friendly design, with reduced waste and water consumption.