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Pero Brbora farms shellfish in Croatia but has to cross the border into Bosnia, and out again, to sell them in his homeland.Although Bosnia maintained its coastal access, the small outlet leading to the Adriatic Sea cuts through Croatian territory.As it is, Brbora has to firstly pass from Croatia into Bosnia, cross through the Bosnian coastal town of Neum to the border post on the other side and go back into Croatia – a 10-kilometer trip that can seem like an "eternity".Croatia has for years been pushing for a solution, with the construction of the 2.4-kilometer bridge that would link up its territory using a small peninsula.The European Union, which Croatia joined in 2013, agreed in June to finance 85 percent of the 420 million euro ($494 million) construction costs.In Bosnia, the prospect of the bridge has not gone down well.Although almost all of Neum's 4,600 residents are ethnic Croats, not all are happy with the bridge, which is now set to be opened in 2022 .
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