According to the order of the City of Dubrovnik Public Utility Service, all ATM owners in the historic core of the city who did not have approval to set them up removed the ATMs, but at the same time appealed on the removal decisions. However, by a decision of the High Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia of September 27th this year, the proposal to suspend the execution of this decision was rejected.
As explained in the decision of the High Administrative Court, the protection of the financial interests of individuals does not outweigh the purpose of protecting cultural property.
All ATMs that got a removal decision, total of 24, were removed from the historic core. The owners acted in accordance with the decision of the City of Dubrovnik Public Utility Service, and total also included eight devices that were installed in the store windows at Stradun.
Following the adoption of the decision, the City Council conducted administrative procedures involving ATMs without valid approvals. At the expiration of the 30-day deadline, and unless they acted upon the decision, the City of Dubrovnik Communal Service started issuing high penalties for offenders.
Out of the total of 41 ATMs registered, 15 of them are approved by the Conservation Department, two have been "pulled" into the interior and are no longer accessible from the street, while all the others have been removed from the end of August to mid-September.
Dubrovnik became the first Croatian city to regulate the issue of ATMs in order to protect UNESCO's monumental heritage, and it has shown excellent results.