Andrej Plenkovic

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Renowned researcher is leaving Croatia, will continue fight against plagiarism

Ivan Djikic, the renowned Croatian scientist with an international career, said on Monday he was ending all of his scientific work in Croatia and moving his projects abroad because of unfounded accusations by University of Split head Simun Andjelinovic and some statements by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

PM comments on Bridge's abstention from vote on science and education minister

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic commented on the decision by the MPs from the Bridge party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, to abstain from the vote of confidence in Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic on Friday.

PM defends his minister against accusations of plagiarism

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, defending his Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic from accusations of plagiarism during a heated debate in Parliament on Thursday, said that the debate missed the point because what was at issue was not plagiarism but a technical omission.

Over 200 Osijek University students, professors support science minister

More than 200 professors and students at Osijek University and other members of the academic community in that eastern city on Wednesday expressed support to Education and Science Minister Pavo Barisic in a letter sent to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov.

Lesbian, women's associations urge PM to prevent appointment of Ilcic as advisor

The lesbian association Kontra and the Croatian Women's Network on Monday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic following media reports that former member of Parliament and Hrast party leader Ladislav Ilcic could be appointed an advisor to Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier, asking him to prevent his appointment thus preventing "the further erosion of standards of human rights protection in Croatia."

Plenkovic: Prosecutors should look into alleged payment of daily allowances to ex-PM's advisors

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday commented on the alleged payment of daily allowances to three special advisors to former prime minister Zoran Milanovic, saying that it was a matter to be dealt with by the prosecutorial authorities and that prosecutors should look into the relevant report by the State Audit Office, notably its part about the travel orders and daily allowances concerned.

Croatian PM announces new State Archives Act

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in the northern Croatian town of Bedekovcina on Monday that amendments to the State Archives Act were underway, announcing that the Culture Ministry would also draw up a new, comprehensive law on this matter.

Leaders aware unity needed for EU's survival

The heads of state or government of European Union member states have sent at their informal summit a clear signal about the need for unity in dealing with internal and external challenges, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Valletta on Friday.

PM says bond issue sign of confidence in government

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday the issue of two bonds on the Croatian market totalling HRK 8.5 billion, at very favourable financing terms, was a message of institutional investors' trust in his cabinet's policy.

Croatian PM says knows nothing about Adriatic migrant route

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Malta on Friday he knew nothing about a new, Adriatic route whereby migrants would enter Slovenia via the Croatian peninsula of Istria, which was mentioned by Slovenian PM Miro Cerar to everyone's surprise.

Croatian PM calls for unity and new cohesive narrative in EU

The European Union must maintain its unity in the new global context and seek a new cohesive narrative, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Valletta on Friday where he arrived for an informal summit meeting of EU heads of state or government who are expected to discuss the Central Mediterranean migratory route and Libya as well as preparations for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties.

PM says Croatia starts 2017 with encouraging indicators

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has said that Croatia ushered in the new year in a positive atmosphere boosted by positive economic indicators and positive assessments made by international credit ratings.

PM says Croatia has requested that arbitration ruling in Croatia-MOL case be quashed

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic confirmed on Wednesday that Croatia had asked that the December 23 ruling of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitral Tribunal, which dismissed as unfounded Croatia's claims against the Hungarian oil and gas group MOL regarding the jointly owned oil company INA, be quashed.

PM: Industrial production growth shows Croatia on right track

The industrial production growth shows that Croatia is on the right track, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday commenting on the latest statistics which indicated that industrial production had increased by 14.9 percent in December 2016, growing for the 23rd month in a row and its highest rise since 2001.

Plenkovic and French executives advocate strengthening of bilateral relations

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday received a delegation of the French employers federation MEDEF for talks on the strengthening of the bilateral economic cooperation.

SDP chief says gov't doesn't want to talk to anyone

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Davor Bernardic said on Sunday that the incumbent government did not want to talk to anyone and that the partners in the ruling coalition

PM says improved outlook confirms Croatia on the right track

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that the Fitch credit rating agency's upgrade of Croatia's outlook from negative to positive was further confirmation that Croatia was on the right track and that the government's work regarding fiscal consolidation, GDP growth in 2016, the budget for 2017 and the strategy for public debt management was good.

Plenkovic dismisses criticisms by Opposition leaders as uninventive

Commenting on the Opposition's criticisms of the government's performance in the first 100 days of its term, according to which the incumbent government was the least successful one, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that the Opposition's criticisms were unfounded and uninventive.

PM: Appeal to arbitration ruling on INA not running late

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic reiterated on Thursday that the deadline to file an appeal against an arbitration ruling in the INA-MOL dispute, delivered by the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in Geneva, is February 1 and that the appeal is not running late and at the same time, activities in the arbitration procedure in Washington are continuing.

PM Plenkovic says first 100 days of his cabinet's term very intensive

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday underscored that in the first 100 days of the term of his cabinet, reforms had been launched aimed at economic growth, legal security and social solidarity, in addition to securing political stability in the country.

Croatian PM visits Yad Vashem

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying that the visit would strengthen his commitment to the struggle against any form of hatred, racism and Holocaust denial.

Netanyahu: Croatia stands strongly for Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem on Tuesday that over the past several years great improvement had been made in Israel-Croatia relations, expressing his gratitude to Croatia for its support at the international level.

Croatian PM to meet with HEP unions regarding INA buyout model

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Saturday that he would soon meet with leaders of the unions active in the state-owned HEP power company and explain to them the government's plan for the buyout of MOL's stake in INA through the sale of a stake in HEP, stressing that the move would not be damaging to the HEP workers.

PM: Croatia must be leader in resolving problems in region

Croatia has great political responsibility as a stabilising factor in the region and a member of NATO and the EU, and must be a leader in resolving problems, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Davos on Friday.

Ukrainian president sees Croatia as trustworthy partner

Croatia is a trustworthy partner of Ukraine and we find Croatia's experience valuable in our struggle for independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday in Davos where he met with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Plenkovic expects U.S. to continue playing key role in NATO and globally

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Davos on Friday that he expected the United States, with the new administration of President Donald Trump, to continue playing a crucial role both in NATO and globally and that Croatia would enhance its relations with Washington.

Croatian PM: Probe launched into leak of embassy's note on president's US visit

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday it was highly unusual for notes of the Croatian Embassy in Washington about the recent visit of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to the United States to end up in the media, adding that Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier had launched an investigation into the matter.

Plenkovic: It's important for Croatia to postion itself in changed global circumstances

It is important how Croatia will position itself in 2017 against a background of the changed global circumstances, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in parliament on Wednesday.

Croatian PM says economy minister wouldn't put private interest before state's

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that Deputy PM and Economy Minister Martina Dalic enjoyed his full confidence because he was certain that she would "never, absolutely never put any private interest before the interests of the Croatian state."

Researcher writes to Croatian PM and Sabor Speaker providing evidence of minister's plagiarism

Prominent Croatian researcher Ivan Djikic on Tuesday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov citing concrete evidence to prove that plagiarism accusations against Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic are founded and calling on them to appoint a person to that position who would, with their name and career, be able to contribute to promoting high criteria of ethical responsibility in society.

PM says hasn't heard of any better model for INA buyout than HEP IPO

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic repeated in the parliament on Tuesday that the government planned to buy back Hungarian oil and gas company MOL's stake in INA, adding that so far he had not heard "of any better or more efficient model (of purchase) that would not include an increase in public debt, than the proposal for an initial public offering of 25% minus one share of the HEP power company."

Tusk says Croatia's achievements in 25 years of independence amazing

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Zagreb on Monday that Croatia had made amazing achievements since its international recognition 25 years ago and that today it played a key role in Southeast Europe.

Top officials committed to developing Croatia as prosperous country

Prime Minister Plenkovic underscored in his speech the statesmanlike policy pursued by President Tudjman, immeasurable contribution made by Croatians who defended their country and masterly performance of Croatian diplomats that brought out Croatia's international recognition 25 years ago.

PM says Croatia will challenge arbitral ruling in INA-MOL case

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has said that Zagreb will contest a recent ruling by the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), which dismissed as unfounded Croatia's claims against MOL in a case concerning the Croatian oil company INA, jointly owned by Croatia and MOL.

Plenkovic: 15 January important for Croatia's international promotion

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday recalled that Croatia would on 15 January observe the 25th anniversary of its international recognition, and said that 15 January 1992 was an important day for Croatia's international affirmation.

PM receives head of Islamic community in Croatia

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday received the head of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Mufti Aziz Hasanovic, and expressed his satisfaction with Croatia's relations with the Islamic community, adding that the model of arranging these relations could serve as an example to other European countries.

HDZ Presidency and National Council support government plan to buy back INA

The Presidency and National Council of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) at its meeting on Monday strongly supported the government's plan to regain ownership of the INA oil and gas company.

Pupovac praises Plenkovic for easing tensions, objects to his position on Jasenovac plaque

Calling for tolerance, acceptance and dedication to common interests, he said: "It is our duty to contribute to peace-building in the region where we exist as a country and a nation. It may seem that we have completed our work but we have not. In many aspects the situation has worsened."

PM meets with Croatian members of European Parliament

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic met on Wednesday with the 11 Croatian members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to discuss issues of importance for the EU and Croatia, with Plenkovic saying that his government and the MEPs share Croatia's pro-European orientation.

Croatian government in 2016: Two PMs in office in the same year

2016 was marked by the shortest term of a Croatian government, the one headed by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, and the inauguration of the current government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic following a snap 11 September parliamentary election.

Croatian PM says his gov't considering IPO model for INA buyout

We want INA to be a company with oil and gas reserves and to be relevant also outside Croatia, he said, adding that the government and experts were analysing the situation in INA in detail.

Croatian PM: 2017 to be ushered in with many challenges and revived optimism

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has said in his New Year's message that Croatia is entering 2017 with many challenges and also with restored optimism, emphasising that the main task of his cabinet, inaugurated on 19 October 2016, would be to ensure further economic growth.

INA to be mulled by gov't, company says it has only public info

The Croatian government will discuss in detail the latest developments regarding INA at its closed-door session today and the decision of the the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the start of a meeting of his cabinet on Thursday morning.

Regulator: PM's satement doesn't infer obligation to publish bid for INA takeover

The Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA) said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's recent statement about the government's plan to buy out the Hungarian oil company MOL's interest in INA did not infer an obligation to publish a bid for the takeover of INA.  

PM Plenkovic meets former chess champion Kasparov

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday received for talks former world chess champion Garry Kasparov and the president of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Adriatic, chess grandmaster Zlatko Klaric.

Nonparl. party "Smart" against buying out MOL's interest in INA

The non-parliamentary party "Pametno" ("Smart") on Tuesday criticised the announcement made by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic that Croatia should buy out the MOL-held share in INA as "an extremely bad decision for the future of Croatia".

Croatia announces plan to regain ownership of INA

The Croatian government has decided to regain ownership of the INA oil and gas company by buying the entire stake held by the Hungarian energy group MOL, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced at a press conference in Zagreb on Saturday evening.

HDZ plans to win in 13 counties in May's local elections, says Plenkovic

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that the party planned to win in 13 counties in May's local polls as well as make a big step forward in cities.

PM discusses air pollution in Slavonski Brod

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the eastern County of Brod-Posavina on Thursday, where he met with local authorities and environmental groups for talks on the economic situation and air pollution in Slavonski Brod.

PM says S&P assessment confirms Croatia on right track

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the decision of the S&P agency to affirm Croatia's 'BB' long-term and 'B' short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings and to revise its outlook to stable from negative, which is the first upgrade of Croatia's outlook in nine years.

Plenkovic: We can be satisfied with 2016 despite its political peciliarities

Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said at the HDZ leadership's Christmas party in Zagreb on Wednesday evening that, despite all political peculiarities marking the outgoing year, they could be very satisfied with 2016 and that this ruling party was striving to continue a winning streak in the local elections in May 2017.  

Plenkovic: Our aim is to improve networking of all Croatian security services

Commenting on the current security situation, Prime Minister and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that the threat of terrorism in Europe has been present for a long time, underscoring that he aimed to raise the degree of quality networking among all Croatian security services and to improve cooperation between partners in an effort to prevent any possible threats.

UEFA boss: Croatian national football team and clubs face drastic sanctions

Aleksander Ceferin, the new president of European football's governing body, UEFA, paid a day-long visit to Zagreb on Tuesday, during which he met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Plenkovic: Terrorism permanent threat, Croatia tightening security

The security situation in the country is good, however, terrorism is a permanent threat and therefore this government is preparing a strategic homeland and national security, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday in the wake of the terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin.  

Serbia PM for unconditional dialogue with Plenkovic

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that there are "occurrences in Croatia about which Serbia cannot be satisfied," and added that he accepted an apology by his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic regarding a plaque with the Ustasha salute in Jasenovac and that he was prepared to resolve problems through dialogue and unconditionally.

Plenkovic says HDZ needs no crisis to ambitiously run in local polls

Prime Minister and HDZ president Andrej Plenkovic on Monday commented on the HDZ's Dubrovnik branch's announcement that it will not support the city budget, saying the accent was on political stability at state and local level and that the HDZ, as a big party, did not need crises to run in local elections ambitiously and with the wish to win voters' trust.

Croatian PM pledges balanced regional development

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who on Monday convened a meeting with the heads of 20 Croatian counties, the City of Zagreb, and representatives of the associations of Croatian cities and municipalities, said that meetings of this kind would be held on a regular basis every July in the next four years with the aim of ensuring balanced regional development across Croatia.

Plenkovic says Serbia needs to meet its obligations to Croat minority

Serbia needs to meet the obligations it has undertaken with regard to the Croat minority and once it does it, the policy chapter No. 26, regarding education and culture, in Serbia's EU accession talks, will again be discussed, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Sunday, noting that Croatia's blockade of the said policy area was justified and that the issue should not be dramatised.

Croatian PM apologises for Jasenovac memorial plaque containing Ustasha salute

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Sunday apologised to all who had felt insulted by a memorial plaque with the Ustasha salute "For the homeland, ready" put up in Jasenovac, but added that the plaque commemorated 11 veterans killed in the 1991-95 war and that this was the reason why a commission would be formed to give recommendations regarding symbols of totalitarian regimes, which would then be translated into regulations.

Plenkovic presents donation to Greek Catholic Church in Krizevci

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the Greek Catholic Church in the northern town of Krizevci on Friday, presenting the head of the local Caritas organisation with a donation of HRK 3.65 million in food.

Plenkovic for taking into account specific situations in countries outside Schengen

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday he was pleased that the conclusions of a European Council summit adopted Croatia's proposal that, in adopting new regulations on systematic checks on the external borders, the specific situations in the countries preparing to enter the Schengen Area should be taken into account.

Plenkovic hails signing of protocol to EU-Bosnia SAA

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday welcomed the signing of a protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina which takes into account Croatia's status as an EU member, which is expected to strengthen Croatia's position on the Bosnian market.

Croatian PM: Greater Serbian aggression not empty phrase but tragedy

The Greater Serbia aggression is not an empty phrase but a tragedy that befell Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in a comment on Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's recent statement that Croatian statements about the Greater Serbia aggression were empty phrases.

Plenkovic says no need to dramatise blockade of Serbia's EU negotiations

There is nothing dramatic about the fact that Croatia did not greenlight the opening of Chapter 26 (Education and Culture) in Serbia's EU accession negotiations and it is in the interest of both countries for Belgrade to approach that issue constructively, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the start of a government session on Wednesday.

Plenkovic says has talked with Biden in general on Serbia's EU negotiations

Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that he had talked with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden about Serbia's EU membership negotiations in general and that the talks actually referred to how Croatia could assist southeastern European countries on their journey towards the EU and NATO.

Croatian PM: Progress in EU-Serbia talks can be expected at start of 2017

Croatia expects progress in Serbia's accession negotiations with the European Union to happen at the beginning of 2017, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday in his comment on Belgrade's anger at Croatia over the non-opening of Chapter 26 on education and culture in the negotiating process.

Croatian PM says relations with Germany of strategic importance

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Berlin Monday that the main focus of his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel were bilateral relations, from economic relations to cooperation at the European level and within NATO, adding that Croatia-Germany relations in the current European context and globally were of strategic importance for Croatia.

Plenkovic-Merkel: Mutual relations excellent, stronger support for region's EU path

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic concluded in Berlin on Monday that German-Croatian relations were excellent while at the same time they underscored the need to strengthen support to countries in Southeast Europe on their path to European Union membership.

Croatia backs S-E European countries on road to EU, Plenkovic tells DW

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who is visiting Germany on December 12-13, has said in an interview with the Deutsche Welle broadcaster that Croatia will support Southeast European countries on the path to the European Union, underlining Bosnia and Herzegovina in that context. 

Marathon-long session on budget ends, vote may be after 3 days

Croatia's parliament finished a 14-hour long session on a 2017 draft budget shortly after Saturday midnight, and during the debate that started on Saturday morning, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic described the draft as a step forward in achieving social solidarity while at the same time it was aimed at strengthening fiscal stability and sustainability.

PM and county heads to identify priorities of Croatia's regions

Addressing a two-day conference on competitiveness of local self-government, held in Trakoscan, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Saturday that he would meet the prefects of all Croatian counties on 19 December so as to reach agreement on priorities of Croatia's regions.

Croatian PM to officially visit Germany on Dec 11,12

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will officially visit Germany on December 11 and 12, at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Office of the Croatian prime Minister said in a press release Friday.

PM: Croatia will continue talks with EC following request to amend INA privatisation law

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that Croatia would continue talks with the European Commission following the Commission's request for Croatia to amend the law on the privatisation of the INA oil and gas company.

Gov't, parliament, president must see to cooperation with emigrants, says Croatian PM

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday it was very important that the government, parliament, the president and all ministries took into account the contribution of Croatian emigrants and the prospects of cooperation with them.  

Croatian Gov't to set up commission to tackle totalitarian symbols issue

The Croatian government will set up a commission which will propose appropriate institutional and legal frameworks so that Croatia's society could take a position on symbols of totalitarian systems, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at a government session on Thursday.

Croatian PM: Political stability, positive trends oblige us to implement reforms

The government's political stability and favourable macroeconomic trends offer an opportunity as well as impose an obligation on the government to implement comprehensive structural and fiscal reforms, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said at the start of a government session focusing on a draft budget for 2017 on Thursday.

Plenkovic says Croatia must take legal position towards totalitarian system symbols

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday it was necessary for Croatian politicians and experts to find a legal solution by which the state would clearly voice its position towards symbols of totalitarian systems, such as the Ustasha salute "For the Homeland, Ready!" inscribed on a memorial plaque recently set up by Croatian Defence Forces (HOS) veterans in Jasenovac.

PM dismisses claims of reviving fascism in Croatia

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Monday dismissed the insinuations about the revival of fascism in the Croatian society, assessed that the erection of the disputable plaque in Jasenovac was a sensitive matter and pledged that he would seek appropriate legislative solutions to regulate issues pertaining to totalitarian regimes.

Netanyahu thanks Croatian PM for Croatia's assistance in fighting wildfires

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic for the assistance Croatia provided in fighting disastrous wildfires in Israel last month, the Croatian Government said in a press release on Monday.

Stier: Cyber-attack may have come from east, unrelated to PM's Ukraine visit

Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Saturday that no strategic piece of information was compromised in a cyber-attack on the ministry's computer network in October, allowing for the possibility that the attack came from the east, but adding that it was not related to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's visit to Ukraine because it happened before it.

PM: Tax reform's positive effects visible as soon as new system is consolidated

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that his cabinet was implementing a comprehensive tax reform and as soon as this new system was consolidated, the positive effects of the reform would be discernible.

Croatian PM welcomes Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina's decision

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday welcomed a decision by the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to release from custody a group of former members of the Bosnian Croat HVO forces arrested in late October on suspicion of war crimes against Serb detainees in the country's northern Posavina region.

Plenkovic disappointed at comments regarding his Ukraine visit

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that his offering Croatia's help to Ukraine regarding the peaceful reintegration of occupied territory was part of broader international efforts to have the Minsk agreements implemented, expressing disappointment with comments by some opposition politicians and media in Croatia regarding his offer and calling them unfounded.

PM: Croatia moving in the right direction, as shown by growth

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the HDZ party said on Wednesday that the government was very satisfied with figures showing a 2.9% increase in GDP in the third quarter of this year because it showed that Croatia was moving in the right direction, which, he said, was partly a result of the previous government's work and sent out a message of political stability.

Azimov: That was official, not lower-level reaction

The reaction of the Russian Foreign Ministry to the statements made by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic during his visit to Ukraine was an official response by Moscow and not a lower-level statement, the Russian Ambassador in Zagreb, Anvar Azimov, said on Monday, noting that he was concerned about Russian-Croatian relations.

Croatia to launch ratification of Istanbul Convention

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Friday that the government would launch a procedure for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention.

PM underlines importance of media freedoms at Radio 101 protest anniversary

The 20th anniversary of a protest of support for Zagreb's Radio 101 was marked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb on Thursday evening, with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic attending.

Croatian PM says Russian response to his Ukraine initiative comes from "lower level"

Zagreb supports the Minsk agreement, whose aim to end the war in eastern Ukraine is similar to Croatia's experience with the peaceful reintegration of occupied territories, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday in a comment on a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Croatian PM says his gov't against orchestrated war crimes indictments

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said during Question Time in parliament on Wednesday that the Croatian government's position was that every crime should be investigated and prosecuted but that Croatia was against orchestrated actions and a selective approach to some indictees and criminal acts.

Moscow concerned about Plenkovic's statement in Ukraine

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that it was concerned about the statement by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic that Croatia would share with Ukraine its own experience with the peaceful reintegration of occupied territories applicable to eastern Ukraine where government forces are fighting against pro-Russian rebels.

Croatian PM: Proceedings against MOL's CEO continue

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that he considered Interpol's decision to reject the Croatian request to renew the arrest warrant for the CEO of the Hungarian energy group MOL, Zsolt Hernadi, as technical information, adding that as far as he knew the Croatian judicial authorities were continuing proceedings against MOL's chief.

Croatia to help Ukraine with peaceful reintegration of occupied territories

Croatia will continue to support Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and will help it with the peaceful reintegration of its occupied territories, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said during a visit to Kiev on Monday.

Ukraine-Croatia business forum held in Kiev

A Ukrainian-Croatian business forum, opened by the Prime Ministers Volodymyr Groysman of Ukraine and Andrej Plenkovic of Croatia, in Kiev on Monday, brought together executives of dozens of companies from the two countries.