Croatia

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juncker: Not good for W. Balkans that some in Washington want to water down EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday it was not good for Western Balkan countries that some people in the new US administration gave the impression of being against the European Union because those countries needed the prospects of EU membership.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

Croatia and Albania ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to destabilise the region scarred by the 1990s wars, Reuters news agency said on Thursday, quoting the Office of the Albanian Defence Minister.

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.

Croatian Emigrant Almanac 2017 launched

The Croatian Emigrant Almanac edition for the year 2017, dedicated to the role of women in the Croatian emigrant community, was presented at the Croatian Heritage Foundation (HMI) in Zagreb on Wednesday. 

Croatian food company Podravka opens EUR 4 mn factory in Tanzania

The Croatian food company Podravka on Wednesday opened a food seasonings factory in Tanzania worth four million euros, the Koprivnica-based company said.

Adriatic Gastro Show opens in Split's Spaladium Arena

The 3rd international gastronomy and tourism fair, the Adriatic Gastro Show, opened in the Spaladium Arena in the southern coastal city of Split on Wednesday, drawing over 600 exhibitors from 12 European countries, 30 percent more than last year.

FinMin says Agrokor too big a company for state not to pay attention

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Wednesday Agrokor was too big a company for the state not to pay attention to it, voicing confidence that the agricultural and food concern's management would find a way to overcome the business problems.

Croatia posts highest industrial production growth in EU

In December 2016, industrial production in the European Union decreased 1% on the month, while Croatia recorded the highest increase, the EU statistical office Eurostat has said.

Austrian-Croatian year of culture opened in Vienna

The Austrian-Croatian year of culture, officially opened in Vienna on Tuesday, is more than just an opportunity to intensify cultural relations between the two countries but has a strong integration character as well, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said at the opening.

Croatian, Austrian foreign ministers talk migrants, bilateral relations

A negligible number of migrants is arriving in Europe along the Balkan route which was closed a year ago, but a big problem is the Mediterranean, where the number of migrants has markedly increased, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Tuesday after talks with his Croatian counterpart Davor Ivo Stier.

Croatia, India sign economic cooperation agreement

Croatian Economy and Enterprise Minister Martina Dalic and Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman signed an agreement on economic cooperation between the two governments in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Companies recently not exporting to Russia lose licences

Exports to the Russian Federation can be renewed following results of inspections by the relevant bodies in third countries and an analysis by the federal veterinary service.

Ambassador says Russia willing to collaborate with all Croatian companies, including Agrokor

Russia is ready to collaborate with all Croatian companies wishing to develop trade and economic relations with it, including Agrokor, Russian Ambassador Anvar Azimov said on Tuesday.

Novosti weekly, Serb National Council dismiss accusations by In the Name of the Family

The Novosti weekly and its publisher - the Serb National Council (SNV) - on Tuesday dismissed claims by the civil society group "In the Name of the Family" that the paper spreads hate towards the Croat people and should therefore be denied state funding, saying that Novosti reports critically about the government and all those who are in positions of power and that by doing so, it promotes and protects fundamental constitutional values.  

Josip Juraj Strossmayer memorial plaque unveiled in Prague

A memorial plaque in honour of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Croatian politician, bishop and founder of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts, was unveiled on Tuesday in Prague, which declared him a honorary citizen in 1888 and named a square after him in 1925.

Predrag Matic claims scandal being concocted against him

Commenting on irregularities the State Audit Office has identified at the Veterans' Affairs Ministry for the year 2015, when he was at its helm, former minister Predrag Matic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said on Tuesday that attempts were being made to concoct a scandal as the irregularities concerned were technical mistakes and not anything that contained elements of a criminal offence.

Switzerland gives 21 mn francs for infrastructure development in Gorski Kotar

The Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds on Tuesday signed the first in a series of agreements that are part of a Swiss-Croatian programme of cooperation within the thematic field Environment and Infrastructure. The agreement refers to the development of the Gorski Kotar region, the Ministry said in a statement.

Petrov urges strenghtening of Croatian-Czech economic cooperation

There are good prospects for development of economic cooperation between Croatia and the Czech Republic in the fields of energy, tourism, infrastructure, the food industry and retail, Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Tuesday opening a Czech-Croatian Economic Forum on investment opportunities in Croatia.

Croatian airports and seaports handle more passengers and cargo in Dec.

The turnover of passengers at Croatian airports in December 2016 reached 240,000, which was by 11.2% higher than in December 2015, according to the figures provided by the national statistical office (DZS).

LGBTIQ activists rally in Zagreb after night club incident

About a thousand protesters gathered in central Zagreb on Monday evening for a rally in support of LGBTIQ rights after a tear gas was thrown in a night club during an LGBTIQ party this weekend.

Man arrested over attack on Partizan basketball club fans in Zagreb

The police in Zagreb on Monday arrested a man on suspicion of involvement in an attack on supporters of the Partizan Belgrade basketball club in the Croatian capital on Sunday.

Supreme Court increases prison term for Mercep to 7 years

The Croatian Supreme Court has increased the prison term for wartime assistant interior minister Tomislav Mercep from five and a half years to seven years for failing in his capacity as a police unit commander to prevent members of his unit from killing Serb civilians at the start the war in the early 1990s.

Economy minister says government's goal is permanent 5% economic growth

The government's goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).

HDZ: Croatia won't allow intimidation of Croats in Bosnia

The deputy leader of Croatia's ruling HDZ party, Milijan Brkic, and the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina's HDZ, Dragan Covic, visited the southern Bosnian town of Stolac on Monday ahead of a repeat of municipal elections next Sunday.

Monument to Croatian scientist Rudjer Boskovic unveiled in Milan

On the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the death of Croatian scientist Rudjer Josip Boskovic, who died on 13 February 1787 in Milan, a monument by Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic was unveiled in Milan on Monday.

Croatian Interior minister says Balkan migration route doesn't exist

The so-called Balkan route does not exist and the number of migrants arriving along it, is negligible, Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said in Zupa Dubrovacka on Monday.

Dalic: Gov't expects Agrokor to address business challenges promptly

The government expects the management of Agrokor or of any other Croatian company to address all business challenges promptly and efficiently, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and SMEs Martina Dalic said on Monday.

Norwegian minister: Croatia exports stability to neighbours

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said in Zagreb on Monday that Croatia was a country of stability in Southeast Europe, exporting stability to its neighbours.

Croatia ratifies 3rd Optional Protocol on protection of children's rights

Croatia has made an important step forward in the protection of children's rights by ratifying the Third Optional Protocol which makes it possible to file complaints to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF's Croatian office said on Monday.

EC forecasts Croatia's economy to rise 3.1 pct in 2017

The European Commission has considerably revised upward the projections for Croatia's economy in 2016 from the previously projected growth of 2.6%  in its autumn forecast to 2.8% and from 2.5% to the latest projection of 3.1% in 2017, according to the Commission's Winter Forecast, published on Monday.

 Queer Zagreb joins in condemnation of night club incident

Queer Zagreb, a nongovernmental organisation, on Monday warned that the incident in which several people were injured after a tear gas canister was set off at an LGBTIQ party in a Zagreb night club in the early hours of Sunday, was one in a series of attacks prompted by hatred.

Croatia can't meet relocation quota since refugees doesn't want to come

Croatia's Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic has said in an interview with Deutsche Welle that Croatia is committed to fulfilling its obligation in connection with the migrant relocation quota, but the problem is that migrants do not see Croatia as their desirable destination.

FM: Croatians won't fall for provocation from Belgrade

The Croatians will not fall for provocation and must stay calm, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Sunday, adding that a channel for communication with Serbia must stay open, but dialogue cannot obviously be conducted with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who accuses Croatia of reviving fascism.

Croatia breaks cinema attendance record

The European Audiovisual Observatory presented during the Berlin International Film Festival the first estimate of cinema attendance in the European Union, which shows that the number of tickets sold is continuing to rise, with 994 million sold in the 2016, up 1.6% on the year.

Kings of Leon to play INmusic festival

Kings Of Leon have been announced as one of the headliners of Croatia's acclaimed INmusic Festival.

Grammy Award winners to perform at Zagreb Guitar Festival

Some of the world's greatest classical and jazz guitarists, including Grammy Award winners, will perform at the 3rd Zagreb Guitar Festival due to take place from March 26 to April 1.

Milanovic: It would be logical for DORH to call me

Zoran Milanovic, former prime minister and until recently the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Sunday commented on the situation surrounding his former chief of staff, Tomislav Saucha, who is under investigation for abuse of office and for falsifying official travel orders.

Grmoja: Had we voted for Barisic's dismissal, there would be new elections

Nikola Grmoja, a member of the Croatian parliament from the Bridge party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, on Sunday commented on the party's abstention from Friday's vote of confidence in Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic.