Croatia

Stickers reading "Serbian Family Tree" appear in Vukovar

Stickers reading "Serbian Family Tree" with the image of people hanging from a tree and the face of Ante Pavelic, Croatian fascist dictator who led the Ustasha movement and the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), appeared at bus stations along Trpinjska Street in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Friday.

Cretu says Croatia must accelerate apsorbtion of European funds

The Commissioner also said that for the 2014-2020 period, Croatia would have twice the amount from the previous period at its disposal -- a total of EUR 10.67 billion.

EC adopts delegated act on Teran, despite Slovenia's opposition

The European Commission has, despite Slovenia's opposition, adopted a delegated act whereby Croatian winemakers in Istria would be enabled to continue selling their wine made from the Teran grape variety under the name "Croatian Istria - Teran", and the act could be published early next week, the Slovenian news agency STA reported on Friday.

Classroom for Islamic religious education opened in Split

A classroom for Islamic religious education, whose equipment was financially assisted by city and county authorities, was opened in the coastal city of Split on Friday.

Ministry say no licences for export of military goods to Saudi Arabia issued in 2016

The Economy, Enterprise and Crafts Ministry on Friday issued a statement regarding media reports about export licences for military goods, stressing that in 2016 it did not issue any licences for the export of military goods to Saudi Arabia.

Croatia for preserving Bosnia's stability

Croatia on Friday supported the stability of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), calling on its authorities to adopt decisions in institutions, after a request by BiH Presidency Bosniak member Bakir Izetbegovic to review a ruling which acquitted Serbia of genocide.

Moody's changes Agrokor's outlook to negative

The Moody's rating agency on Friday changed its outlook for the Agrokor food retailer from stable to negative, affirming its rating of B3.

Birth anniversary of Croatia's 1st female journalist to be marked

The Centre for Women's Studies, which manages the Marija Juric Zagorka Memorial Apartment and carries out documentary-information, educational and cultural activities related to the study and promotion of the heritage of this novelist and Croatia's first female journalist, stated on Friday that it was marking the 144th anniversary of the birth of Marija Juric Zagorka next week.

Works on new section of Istrian Y motorway in autumn, says minister

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butkovic said on Friday works on the second stage of the Istrian Y motorway were expected to begin in the autumn, an investment of EUR 150 million in which Croatian companies would be included.

SDP leader: Brexit, Europe's cross road

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Davor Bernadic on Friday said at a conference of the Party of European Socialists (PES) that Great Britain's exit is a cross-road for the European Union (EU).

Project Slavonia one of key government goals, PM says

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday opened the 22nd international fair of the economy, trades and crafts and agriculture Viroexpo 2017, saying it fit into one of the government's key goals, work on Project Slavonia.

Transport minister does not rule out higher motorway tolls

Commenting on a planned rise in tolls for motorways managed by the state-run HAC motorway operator, Maritime, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butkovic on Friday recalled that HAC's debt totalled EUR 5.2 billion, and 1.2 billion of that amount was due this year, which HAC could not pay back from its revenues.

Proposal to give advantage to jobseekers who served in army slammed

Labour and Pension System Minister Tomislav Coric said on Friday the proposal by HVIDRA veterans association president Josip Djakic, that persons who served in the army should be given preferential treatment while seeking for jobs in the state administration and state-owned companies, was not good.

Film directors, producers pleased with meeting with presidential advisers

Representatives of the Croatian Film Directors’ Guild and the Croatian Producers Association said on Friday they were pleased with today's meeting at the president's office, where they discussed the current developments with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) with two presidential advisers.

Hribar's statements prompt HRT Supervisory Board to demand human rights' protection

The Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) Programming Council is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, 28 February, to discuss, among other things, "the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms in HRT programmes" as requested by the national broadcaster's Supervisory Board.

SDP urges gov't to put situation in Bosnia on EU and NATO agendas

Croatia's largest opposition party has called on the government to put the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the EU and NATO agendas saying that reactions by some political groups in that country to the submission of the motion to the ICJ to review its ruling against Serbia could lead to serious political instability and threaten the functioning of the state.

HSP's charges against Novosti weekly dismissed

The Zagreb County Prosecutor's Office has dismissed charges pressed by the Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) against "Novosti", a newspaper of the ethnic Serb minority, over the article in which the weekly mocked the Croatian national anthem in a poem, published in August 2015, Novosti reported on Friday adding that the Prosecutor's Office said the article was a satire, a form of freedom of opinion and expression, guaranteed by the Constitution.

Slovenia for ending lawsuits against Ljubljanska Banka

Croatia is infringing the memorandum of understanding signed with Slovenia in 2013 which they interpret differently, the Slovenian Embassy said on Thursday after a hearing at a Zagreb court in a suit which Croatia's PBZ bank filed against Slovenia's Ljubljanska Banka (LB) and Nova Ljubljanska Bank (NLB) over transferred foreign currency savings.

Marin Pucar appointed as new CEO in Podravka food concern

Marin Pucar is the new Management Board chairman of the Podravka food concern and will take the helm of the company after Zvonimir Mrsic's term expires at midnight on Thursday.

Croat accused of rioting at UEFA 2016 game goes on trial

The trial of Ivan Vucenovic, 21, accused of causing rioting during a European soccer championship match between Croatia and the Czech Republic in Saint Etienne, France last June, began at the Sibenik Municipal Court on Thursday.

Frljic: Warsaw play big hit, ascribes criticism to conservative repression

The media have reported that Polish prosecutors on Wednesday began investigating Frljic's play, which the Catholic Church and the conservative community in Poland have called "blasphemous". 

Croatian PM says gov't has no influence on appointment of Podravka managers

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday the appointment of new management board members in the Podravka food company was in the remit of the supervisory board and that neither he nor the ministers had any influence on talks at the supervisory board.

Weekly "Novosti" dismisses NGO's accusations

The newspaper today also dismissed all accusations the NGO presented at a recent news conference, and retorted that the NGO's criticism were ill-intended and untrue accusations.

Croatia-Hungary committee on minorities meets after four-year hiatus

The Croatia-Hungary Intergovernmental Committee for the implementation of the agreement on the protection of the rights of the respective ethnic minorities met in Zagreb on Thursday after a four-year hiatus.

HURS says Croatia fails to create conditions for long-term growth

The Croatian Association of Workers' Trade Unions (HURS) warned on Thursday that a report which the European Commission released on Wednesday showed that Croatia had failed to create conditions for a long-term economic growth, adding that the situation in the Podravka food company suggested the continuation of the trend of shutting down jobs in the production sector.

EFA calls on Croatian state leadership to protect Croatian cinema

The European Film Academy, along with the 600 Croatian professionals who signed the manifesto of "We’ve Had Enough", expressed its belief in the importance of the independence of Croatian film, and in preserving the autonomy of the existing Croatian audio visual model and the continuity of current practices.

Croatia's registered unemployment rate rises to 15.4% in January

The registered unemployment rate in Croatia rose from 14.8% in December 2016 to 15.4% in January 2017, increasing for the fourth month in a row, the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) said Thursday.

Hrvatski Telekom reports 2016 net profit of HRK 934 mn

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) generated a net profit of HRK 934 million in 2016, which is 1% more than in 2015, the telecommunications company said on Thursday in a report on its financial results in 2016.

FDI in Croatia totals EUR 1.2 bn in Jan-Sept 2016

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Croatia totalled EUR 1.227 billion in the first nine months of 2016, which is 552 million or 82% more than in the same period in 2015, analysts at Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA) said in a report on Thursday, citing data provided by the Croatian National Bank.

Croatian-Czech Society marks 25th anniversary

The Croatian-Czech Society (HCD) celebrated a quarter century since its foundation in Zagreb on Wednesday evening and the occasion was marked by the launch of a book, "The Croatian-Czech Society: The First 25 Years".

Montenegrin police extradites Miodrag Jovic to Croatia

Montenegrin police reported on Wednesday that they extradited to Croatia Miodrag Jovic (48) from Glina, after whom Interpol Zagreb issued an arrest warrant.

Croatian minister attends CoMoCoSEE conference in Albania

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek participated in a third conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-Eastern Europe (CoMoCoSEE) that took place in Tirana on February 21-22.

Croatian PM receives EIB Vice-President

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic met on Wednesday with European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Dario Scannapieco for talks on the bank's contribution to a new investment cycle in Croatia and its support to the Croatian government to implement key projects, a press release from the government's office said.

Amnesty International warns of nationalist rhetoric and hate speech in Croatia

Croatia continues to have problems with discrimination against ethnic minorities and with freedom of the media, while heightened nationalist rhetoric and hate speech during election time contributed to growing ethnic intolerance and insecurity in the country, global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in its annual report on the state of human rights in the world in 2016/2017.

100th anniversary of rescuing starving children marked

A special ceremony was held in Zagreb's Croatian National Theatre on Wednesday to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest humanitarian undertakings in the history of the Croatian people which saved children in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina from famine in the last two years of World War I.

Council: Nixing grants to "Novosti" would cause far-reaching implications

The Council for National Minorities, a state-level autonomous umbrella organisation for all ethnic minorities in Croatia, has stated that the cancellation of financial grants to the "Novosti", a newspaper of the ethnic Serb minority, would produce far-reaching implications and stir criticism for reduction of free speech and of freedom of expression of the most numerous ethnic minority.

Germans' demand for Croatian destinations on steady rise

Bookings for Croatia's destinations in some regions of Bavaria have been rising and some statistics show a 30% increase year-on-year, according to the preliminary information from the "f.re.e." fair for leisure and travel, which opened in Munich on Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Croatian crime victims still not exercising rights enjoyed by victims in other EU countries

Victims of crime in Croatia still cannot exercise the rights exercised by victims of crime in other EU member-countries, and the biggest problem is that the national legislation still does not incorporate the EU directive on the protection of victims of crime, heard a conference held in Zagreb on Wednesday on the occasion of the European Day for Victims of Crime.

More than 400 exhibitors gather for boat, gastronomy shows in Zagreb

Slightly more than 400 exhibitors will present their products and services at the 26th International Boat Show and the 9th international gastronomy, hotel and catering equipment and catering show Hotel&Gastroteh, which opened at the Zagreb Trade Fair Centre on Wednesday.

EC says Croatia still has excessive macroeconomic imbalances

Croatia continues to be among EU countries that have excessive macroeconomic imbalances due to high levels of public, private and external debt, denominated largely in foreign currency, in a context of low potential growth, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Judges Association head says not necessary to react to judge's attack on press

Association of Croatian Judges president Djuro Sessa said on Wednesday he did not find it necessary" to react to Sibenik Municipal Court judge Maja Supe's recent attack on journalists, when she said they were not educated to cover trials and that they called her "the most corrupt judge in the country."

FinMin expects Croatia to exit Excessive Deficit Procedure this spring

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Tuesday Croatia could exit the Excessive Deficit Procedure this spring and that it was showing progress in correcting macroeconomic imbalances.

Citizens invited to help create Croatian version of Monopoly

A project to create a Croatian edition of Monopoly, in which citizens can participate by submitting proposals and which could become a souvenir for tourists, was presented at a press conference on Tuesday.

HGK: 16 Croatian companies to exhibit at IDEX defence exhibition

Sixteen Croatian companies will exhibit their products at the 13th IDEX 2017 defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi, to be held on February 19-23.

Slovenia welcomes construction of LNG terminal off Krk, but won't join for now

Slovenia is not planning for now to connect to the floating LNG terminal to be built off Omisalj on the northern Croatian Adriatic island of Krk, but welcomes any additional energy source, Slovenian media say.

Business conference pushes for intensified privatisation in Croatia

As long as the state authorities pay high bills, this means that the government has not yet seriously delved into the privatisation of state-run companies, although their sale can alleviate the pressure on the state budget, a business conference in Zagreb heard on Tuesday.

HND condemns judge's verbal tirade against reporters

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Tuesday condemned a verbal tirade by Sibenik Municipal Court Judge Maja Supe against reporters in the courtroom, claiming that they were not educated to report on trials and that they had called her the "most corrupt judge in the country."

Croatia remains Bosnia's biggest trade partner in 2016

Croatia is still the most important foreign trade partner to Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to figures released by the BiH Chamber of Foreign Trade which show that in 2016 the two countries' trade had gone up.

Podravka revenues up 15 pct, profit up 54 pct

The Podravka Group that operates in two main business segments: food and pharmaceuticals, generated a net profit in 2016 of HRK 182.4 million, which is 54.7% more than in 2015 without taking into account the one-off effect of consolidating the Zito company or deferred tax returns of Belupo in 2015, according to the company'y unaudited financial statements released on Tuesday.

HRK 4.5 mln allocated for Croat minority abroad

A total of HRK 4.5 million kuna, or HRK 1.5 million more, has been allocated from the state budget for the Croatian minority living in 12 European countries and the decision on the allocation of the funds was made by state secretary in the Central Office for Croats Abroad, Zvonko Milas.

Pfizer drug company decides to close plant in Australia, shift production to Croatia

The US pharmaceutical company Pfizer will close the Australian plant which produces the API for HSP-130, a candidate version of Amgen’s Neulasta, and shift production to Croatia, Pfizer told Hina.

Saucha leaves SDP

Social Democratic Party (SDP) lawmaker Tomislav Saucha, suspected of defrauding the state budget of more than EUR 73,000 by approving fictitious travel orders while serving as former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic's chief-of-staff , on Monday officially cancelled his party membership, the SDP reported.

President wants to recall "politically appointed ambassadors", can't do it without gov't

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that many politically appointed Croatian ambassadors were not carrying out state policies but that she could not replace them without the government to appoint career diplomats who would fight for Croatia's interests.

Croatia supports Kosovo's territorial integrity - Grabar-Kitarovic

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday expressed the support to Kosovo's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations during her talks with the visiting Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj.

Petrov rules out early parliamentary election

Parliament Speaker and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov on Monday dismissed speculation about a reshuffle of the parliamentary majority, saying an early election was likelier, but that right now he did not see "such a scenario."

Bryan Adams to play Zagreb

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, who has sold more than 100 million albums in his 40-year-long career, will perform in Zagreb on November 9, according to his website and Facebook account.

Two charged for racially insulting actor Jamie Foxx in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik police will bring misdemeanour charges against two men for disturbing the peace on Sunday night in a local restaurant when they racially insulted African American actor Jamie Foxx, who is currently in Dubrovnik filming "Robin Hood: Origins".

Film "Anka" starring Eric Cantona shown to reporters

The film "Anka" by Croatian actor and director Dejan Acimovic, a story about children, friendship and the quest for identity, filled with scenes of nature, magic and elves, based on one of the best known novels of Croatian writer Mato Lovrak, "Anka Brazilijanka", was shown at a screening for reporters in Zagreb on Monday.

Minister: State of education system not disastrous, Croatia leads in some indicators

Croatian Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic has opposed assessments that the situation in the education system is disastrous, underlining that according to some indicators, Croatia is among the best European countries, as evidenced by the fact that as many as 97% of teachers attend seminars and lectures, a rate much above the European average.

Dalic: INA privatisation law should be seen in context of MOL stake buy decision

Croatian Economy Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday the amendment of the law on the privatisation of the oil and gas company INA, recently requested by the European Commission, should be put in the context of the government's political decision to buy MOL's stake in INA.

Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

The Croatian minister announced a closer economic cooperation with Kosovo.

Zagreb businessman goes on retrial for causing accident at sea

Zagreb businessman Tomislav Horvatincic (70) on Monday went on retrial for causing an accident at sea five and a half years ago in which an Italian couple were killed.

French, Croatian students working together on Dalmatian islands project

A HRK 16 million Horizon 2020 agriculture project on which French and Croatian students will work together was launched at the Split School of Economics on Monday.

Croatian National Tourist Board director requests to be relieved of duty

The director of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ), Ratomir Ivicic, on Monday requested to be relieved of his duties and a call for applications for this post will be published in a month.

Petrokemija posts HRK 87.3m loss in 2016

The Petrokemija artificial fertiliser manufacturer made HRK 1.93 billion in revenues in 2016, expenditures were HRK 2.02 billion and the loss was HRK 87.3 million, down 5.6% on the year, the Kutina-based plant said on Monday.

Wigemark says election legislation amendments of utmost importance for Bosnia

Wigemark said that amending the election legislation and continuing the process for joining the EU were the most important political processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Vojvodina institutions hold conference on Bunjevci's non-Croat ethnic background

There are around 16,000 members of the Bunjevci community in Vojvodina who deny their Croat ethnic background. They are represented by the Bunjevci National Council which enjoys the support of state authorities, and, since the change of government in Vojvodina, of the provincial authorities as well.

Int'l conference on post-war monuments in post-communist Europe held in Zagreb

The event was organised by the Zagreb-based association SF:ius in cooperation with the Croatian chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Grabar-Kitarovic, Lavrov find solution to air pollution caused by Bosanski Brod oil refinery

Croatia and Russia have found a solution for the problem of air pollution caused by a Russian-owned oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been poisoning residents of Slavonski Brod, a town across the Sava River in Croatia, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Sunday.

Istria border police discover 20 migrants in van

During routine border control, police in the northern Croatian Adriatic region of Istria on Saturday discovered 20 migrants in a van driven by a Croatian national, the Ministry of the Interior said.

Croatia among few countries without compulsory pneumococcal vaccination

Croatia is among the few European countries that do not have compulsory pneumococcal vaccination even though that is the only way to reduce the incidence of pneumococcal infections and the number of parents going on sick leave and children missing out on school, a news conference heard last Friday, with experts warning about a growing anti-vaccination movement in Croatia.

Tourism minister tours site of future five-star Hoteli Plat complex

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli on Sunday attended a presentation of a project to reconstruct the Hoteli Plat hotel complex in Dubrovnik County, which the government is soon expected to declare a strategic investment project.

Bauk: More young people left country in one year of current govt's term than in entire term of SDP gov't

A senior member of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), Arsen Bauk, said on Saturday that more young people had left Croatia in one year of the term of the current government led by the HDZ and Bridge parties than in the entire term of the former coalition government led by the SDP.

Croatia's GDP per capita in 2014 was EUR 10,152

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in Croatia in 2014 was HRK 77,456 or EUR 10,152, and broken down by region, the highest GDP per capita was recorded in Zagreb, being 76.4% above the national average, while the north-eastern Virovitica-Podravina County had the lowest GDP per capita, 44.3% below the national average, show figures provided by the national statistical office (DZS).

Grabar-Kitarovic: If there's no alternative, my office will stay at Pantovcak

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday that if there was no alternative, her office would remain at the presidential complex at Pantovcak even though she would prefer having it moved to some other location, which was one of her election promises.

As many as 77% of Croatians ready to work abroad

As many as 77 percent of job seekers are ready to leave Croatia in search of work abroad, with 57% saying that they would be prepared to move abroad only if they could find work in their occupation, while 43% would accept any kind of work, a poll conducted by the MojPosao job search website shows.

Grabar-Kitarovic says Lavrov appreciates her sincerity about Russia's role in SE Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov appreciates honesty and we have had a good, constructive relationship for years, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Saturday, two days after she said that Russia was interfering in the integration of Southeast European countries with Euro-Atlantic associations.

Filming of "Robin Hood: Origins" starts in Dubrovnik

Otto Bathurst, director of "Robin Hood: Origins", to be filmed in Dubrovnik over the next two weeks, said at a news conference on Saturday that he had chosen Dubrovnik as the setting of the film because of the openness of the city authorities and locals to cooperation.

4,500 children gather in Rijeka for carnival procession

Some 4,500 children gathered in the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka on Saturday for a children's carnival parade, with parents and other spectators cheering on the procession consisting of more than 60 groups.

Croatian inventors win 12 medals in Kuala Lumpur

Croatian inventors and entrepreneurs have won 12 medals at the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) in Kuala Lumpur -- best award, main award, three gold medals, two silver medals two bronze medals and three special awards.

Croatian minister to take in CoMoCoSEE conference in Albania

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek will take part in a third conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-Eastern Europe (CoMoCoSEE), scheduled to take place in Tirana on February 21-22, the Croatian Culture Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

PM says maximum effort needed to regulate sanctioning of fan violence at sporting events

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday evening, following incidents at the basketball game played between Cedevita and Zadar during which police arrested several Zadar basketball club fans. condemned all incidents, saying that it was necessary to make maximum effort to legally regulate sanctioning of fan violence at sporting events.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Russia shouldn't be seen as enemy, but one should defend intl. law

Russia should not be seen as an enemy but we must firmly defend the principles of territorial integrity and the rights of countries to decide on their own future, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Friday, after stating earlier that Russia was illegitimately opposing the integration of Southeast European countries into the European Union and NATO.

Minister says LNG terminal will strengthen Croatia's energy position

Environmental Protection and Energy Minister Slaven Dobrovic said on Friday the approval of a EUR 102 million grant for the construction of a floating LNG terminal off the northern Adriatic island of Krk was an important step in the strengthening of Croatia's energy position which would bring new know-how and technologies as well as expand the use of gas in Croatia's economy and society.

EC: Letter to Croatia regarding Teran does not prejudge further steps

The European Commission on Friday confirmed having received a complaint from Slovenia against Croatia over breaches of rules that refer to the protection of interests of Slovenian producers of the Teran wine, which is protected at EU level, and that it had sent a letter to Croatia which however does not in any way prejudge further steps by the EC against Croatia.

AD Plastik Group nets HRK 48.1m in profits in 2016

The AD Plastik Group, Croatia's largest manufacturer of plastic components for the automotive industry, netted HRK 48.1 million in profits in 2016, up 4.1% on the year, with revenues amounting to HRK 1.03 billion, down 14.1%, and expenses to HRK 980.8 million, down 14.8%, the group said on Friday.

EU approves EUR 102m grant for LNG terminal in Croatia

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Coordination Committee on Friday approved a EUR 102 million grant for the construction of a floating LNG terminal off the northern Adriatic island of Krk and another EUR 40.5 million for Sincro.Grid, a Croatian-Slovenian project aimed at improving the transfer of electricity.

Conflict of Interest Commission takes action against Petrov

The Conflict of Interest Commission holds that an official cannot use his public duty for personal gain and gain of people close to him.

Saucha to be released from investigative custody on Friday afternoon

The Office for Prevention of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) has questioned all witnesses in the case of Ex-Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic's chief of staff Tomislav Saucha who is suspected of falsifying official travel orders, and Saucha, who was placed in investigative custody on 10 February, is likely to released on Friday afternoon.

Politician Marko Veselica, also known as Croatia's Mandela, dies

Croatian politician and economic expert, Marko Veselica, who earned the nickname "Croatia's Mandela" due to his 12-year imprisonment during the Communist-led Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s, died in a hospital in Zagreb at the age of 81.

Croatian president says Russia's meddling posses threat to EU and NATO enlargement

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Thursday that interference by some countries, notably Russia, posed a threat to the integration of the Southeast European countries with the European Union and NATO.

Plenkovic thanks Burgenland Croats for fostering their identity

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday received Msgr Egidije Zivkovic, the Bishop of Eisenstadt, Austria, thanking him and Croats in Burgenland for fostering their cultural and language identity for more than five hundred years, not just in Austria, but in Slovakia and Hungary as well, largely thanks to the Catholic Church, a government press release said.

Uncertainties over Cimos deal between Slovenia and Croatia finally resolved - Slovenian media

Slovenia and Croatia have managed to resolve all contentious issues that were a prerequisite for the privatisation of the Koper-based Cimos car parts manufacturer and its sale to the Italian Palladio Finanziaria fund, Slovenian media reported on Thursday, citing unofficial sources.

Trust in Croatian state institutions low

Commenting on European surveys showing that Croatians were among those EU citizens who trusted their state institutions and local self-government bodies the least, Public Administration Minister Ivan Kovacic said on Thursday that the communication between citizens and local self-government bodies would be improved as part of a public administration reform.

Film historian Daniel Rafaelic appointed HAVC acting director

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) steering committee on Thursday appointed film historian and critic Daniel Rafaelic as HAVC acting director.

64% of electricity from renewables by 2030

Sixty-four percent of electricity in Croatia could be produced from renewable sources by 2030 and 85% by 2050, the state secretary at the Environmental Protection and Energy Ministry said at the Energy Investment forum on Thursday.

Glitch detected outside Krsko reactor, plant to be reconnected to grid Friday

The Krsko Nuclear Power Plant, that shut down automatically on Thursday morning due to a glitch, will be reconnected to the grid on Friday after the company established the causes of that minor defect, the power plant stated on Thursday afternoon.

Basic: CETA will help Croatian products become more competitive on Canadian market

With the ratification of the European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Croatian products will become more competitive on the Canadian market, the chairman of the Canadian-Croatian Business Network (CCBN), Josip Joe Basic, said on Wednesday.

Croatian defence minister informs NATO colleagues of increased defence budget

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic on Wednesday informed his colleagues in NATO of Croatia's increased defence budget.

Grabar-Kitarovic expects Croatia-Serbia relations to improve after Serbian elections

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Wednesday expressed hope that after the election of a new Serbian president there would be an improvement in relations between Croatia and Serbia and an exchange of visits by the presidents in order to discuss outstanding issues.