Three bids were received for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, Italian Astaldi and Turkish IC Ictas offered to build the bridge for 2,5 billion kuna, Austrian Strabag offered 2,6 billion kuna, and a Chinese consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation two billion kuna without VAT, he writes Vecernji list.The Croatian Roads Commission has 120 days to select a contractor for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge from among the three bids received. According to the announcements of the members of the commission, the selection will be completed long before that deadline. And then comes the appeal deadline. If there are complaints, which is certain, their resolution may take two to three months, so it is realistic to expect that the contract with the contractor will be signed at the end or beginning of next year. This means that the two parts of Croatia could finally be connected by a bridge by 2022, as the construction deadline is 3,5 years from the signing of the contract.For the Chinese, the Peljesac Bridge is strategically important for entering the EUPowerful Chinese construction companies now want to enter Croatia through the big door. And not, as they usually like, by direct agreement with the state. China Road and Bridges Corporation wants to come to Croatia through a public tender that was conducted according to strict EU rules, because the construction of the Peljesac Bridge is co-financed from Union funds. And the tender rules for the construction of the bridge were very strict and that is why some of those who were interested in the job gave up. Therefore, only three final bids arrived in the end, although initially 12 companies and consortia showed interest in building the bridge. Some of them gave up when they saw that the Chinese were also going into the battle for the Pelješac Bridge because they knew very well that it was not so much how much the project was worthwhile to them, but how strategically important it was to them. And the Chinese would enter the EU, not Croatia, via the Peljesac Bridge.We hope that this agony over the construction of the Pelješac Bridge will finally come to an end, and that according to the final plan, the two parts of Croatia will finally be connected by 2022.