Croatia

PM: We must not fall into the trap of multi-speed Europe

Croatia should be very careful about the idea of a multi-speed Europe and must not fall into this trap, but needs to keep it open so that the EU would not become an exclusive directory of the five most influential members which will then make decisions for everyone about everything, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday at a conference about the future of the European Union.

Gov't backs suppliers' expectations for better communication with Agrokor

The Croatian government supports the suppliers of the Agrokor Group in their expectations of a clearer and more open communication with the Group and banks as well as in their expectations to be updated about and take part in processes such as restructuring and other business changes in that concern, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Martina Dalic said in Zagreb on Tuesday after a two-and-half-hour closed-door meeting with a score of suppliers.

Croatian president, Swedish PM warn about worrying situation in S-E Europe

The European Union must step up its engagement in Southeast Europe so that the countries there can complete their Euro-Atlantic integration and so that other countries do not take the EU's place, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Croatia has very high rate of children in long term poverty

The rate of children in relative poverty in Croatia is about 7% higher than the European average and the rate of children in long term poverty is extremely high, with only Bulgaria's and Romania's being higher, according to a survey whose findings were presented on Tuesday.

FinMin: I won't be limiting factor in resolving Agrokor situation

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, who used to be an executive in the Agrokor Group, on Tuesday said in Brussels that in no way would he be a limiting factor in resolving the current crisis in that privately-owned concern.

Russia's Sberbank doing everything possible to support Agrokor - CEO

Russia's biggest bank Sberbank is doing everything possible to support troubled Croatian retailer Agrokor, to which it is a major lender, Reuters cited Sberbank's Chief Executive German Gref as saying on Tuesday.

Croatia's president meets with Croats in Sweden

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic began a five-day official visit to Sweden on Monday by meeting with representatives of the Croatian community in Stockholm.

Sberbank prepared to continue to financially support Agrokor

An additional financial injection will stabilise the situation of Agrokor's current liquidity in the expectation of "the peak season" and Sberbank, together with VTB and other key creditors, is working on the solution of that problems, the Russian state-owned bank told Hina Monday.

Suppliers say are interested in their, Agrokor's stability

Croatia's five biggest food companies, big suppliers of the Agrokor retailer, met on Monday and concluded that it is necessary to maintain the stability of their companies as well as Agrokor, their biggest sales channel on the domestic market, Kras management board chairman Damir Bulic said.

PM: Gov't acting in Croatia's economic, financial stability regarding Agrokor

In the case of the Agrokor retailer, the Croatian government is acting in the interest of the country's economic and financial stability and also wants the consolidation of the concern's business, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday.

Opposition politician rules out Russia's political interest in Agrokor

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said on Monday that the focus of negotiations between the privately-owned Agrokor Group and its creditors was not on the owners, namely the Todoric family, or the management and supervisory boards but on Croatian families whose members worked in the group or for its suppliers, noting that Russia had only business and financial interest, and not political interest, in controlling factories in Croatia.

Ex-Yugoslav Navy captain placed in investigative prison for 1991 shelling of Sibenik

Former Yugoslav Navy captain Cedomir Borojevic has been placed in investigative prison in Split on suspicion that he ordered an artillery attack on Sibenik in September 1991.

Agrokor says its survival not at stake, working on new business model

The Agrokor concern said on Sunday that its survival was not at stake and that its management was working, together with key investors, on repositioning the corporate system and on defining a new business model that would protect the interests of all Agrokor stakeholders, taking care primarily of employees and their jobs and suppliers and partners.

Croatia among 11 EU countries to reach national targets for share of renewables

The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in the European Union grew significantly in 2015 towards a target of 20% to be reached by 2020, and 11 countries, including Croatia, have already met their national targets, Eurostat says.

Bosnian Muslim leader accuses Croatian president of stigmatising Bosnian Muslims

The head of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazovic, on Friday rejected as unacceptable statements by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in which she warns of the danger of the radicalisation of Bosniaks and accused her of encouraging intolerance and prejudice toward Muslims in that country.

Petrov says hesitating with EU enlargement could further destabilise S-E Europe

The prospect of EU membership for Southeast European countries is very important, Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said in Rome on Friday, where he was attending a conference of EU parliament speakers on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Podravka finds it vital that Agrokor maintain its stability

Podravka is a strategic partner of Agrokor and the Koprivnica-based food company considers it vital for Agrokor to maintain its stability, whereas keeping the market positions of Konzum and Mercator, retailers within the Agrokor Group, is strategically essential not only for Podravka but also for the whole food-producing industry in Croatia, Podravka said in a press release on Friday.

Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities won't attend Jasenovac commemoration

Representatives of the Jewish community in Croatia this year again will not attend the April 22 official commemoration at Jasenovac, the site of a WWII concentration camp, as the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities in Croatia has decided to boycott it too.

Croatian parliament ratifies Paris Agreement

Croatia's lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted for the ratification of the Paris Agreement, a treaty within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and climate change responses.

Agrokor buys additional 10.1% of shares in Mercator from Agrokor Investments

The Agrokor Concern on Thursday bought 10.1% of the stock of Mercator from the Dutch company Agrokor Investments B.V. in which Agrokor's founder Ivica Todoric has a controlling interest, and the value of the transaction is some 40 million euros, according to Mercator share price on the stock exchange, the Slovenian media reported on Friday.

Bosnian security minister refutes Croatia president's claims

Bosnia and Herzegovina Security Minister Dragan Mektic on Friday once again refuted as unfounded claims by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic about an increased threat from extremist groups in Bosnia, saying that there was no evidence to back her claims.

Agrokor denies claims about late tax payment

The Agrokor food concern stated on Friday that annually it paid three billion kuna in taxes to the Croatian tax authorities, saying that more than a half of that was Value Added Tax, and that the company had no overdue tax liabilities on 17 March.

Stier warns of crisis in Bosnia in absence of new election law

The adoption of a new election law is essential for Bosnia and Herzegovina to avoid a new political crisis, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Neum on Thursday.

Agreement on European partnership between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina drafted

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday drafted an agreement with the Croatian government on European partnership which should ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina more readily meets European Union membership criteria.

Croatian PM calls for calm over Agrokor

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has called for calm over Agrokor, saying that the government expects the managing board of this agricultural and food company to take wise and beneficial decisions for the company and its partners.

Agrokor analysing options for business stabilisation

The Croatian food and retail concern Agrokor stated on Wednesday afternoon that it and its partners were together analysing all options for stabilising the company's business operations and that it enjoyed great support from its investors.

Sberbank says is in direct contact with Agrokor

Sberbank is in direct communication with Agrokor, however, it cannot give more details about relations with its client, the commercial bank's Zagreb office said in response to Hina's inquires on Wednesday.

Stier says Croatia strongly for Montenegro's NATO, EU membership

Croatia supports Montenegro on its European and Euro-Atlantic journey and believes this is in Europe's geo-strategic as well as security interest, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Zagreb on Wednesday after talks with his Montenegrin counterpart Srdjan Darmanovic.

Petrov: Todoric responsible for Agrokor, analysts rule out state financial bailout

Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Wednesday that Agrokor's founder Ivica Todoric was responsible for the current state of affairs in that privately-owned concern and therefore he should be expected to make rational moves, having in mind that the incumbent government consisting of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Petrov's Bridge party will not pursue a policy like the one 20 years before.

Three Italians arrested for fishing in Croatian waters

Split police on Tuesday arrested three Italian fishermen after catching them fishing in Croatian waters south of the island of Palagruza and they are expected to be brought before the Split Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

First test landing at new Zagreb airport carried out

The first test landing at Zagreb's new Franjo Tudjman Airport was successfully carried out on Tuesday with passengers from Vienna disembarking and picking up their luggage, and the official opening of the airport is set for March 21 and it is to be open to traffic on March 28, Zagreb International Airport (MZLZ) company reported.

Croatia among countries with largest drops in incarceration rate

The number of people held in European prisons dropped by 6.8% in 2015 from the previous year, but prison overcrowding remained a problem in 15 European countries, the Council of Europe said in its annual penal statistics report on Tuesday.

Croatia borrows EUR 1.25 bn on international market under most favourable terms yet

Croatia on Monday agreed the sale of a EUR 1.25 billion 10-year bond on the international market, with a yield of 3.19% and a coupon of 3.0%, which is the most favourable borrowing to date, the Ministry of Finance said.

Croatian President receives commander of NATO special forces in Afghanistan

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday received the commander of the NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (NSOCC-A), Major General Scott A. Howell.

Croatia notified of class action lawsuit filed by victims of WWII Ustasha regime

The Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs confirmed on Monday it had been notified of a class action lawsuit filed before a United States court in the name of victims of Ustasha-run concentration camps, stressing that Croatia was not the successor to the pro-Nazi Independent State of Croatia (NDH).

Ex-JNA reservist sentenced to 20 years for killing eight Croatian policemen and civilians in 1991

The County Court in the northern coastal city of Rijeka on Monday sentenced former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) reservist Milorad Bozic in absentia to 20 years in prison for killing three civilians and five imprisoned Croatian police officers in Donji Hrastovac near Hrvatska Kostajnica in September 1991.

Salaries lower than 8 yrs ago, unions say

An analysis made by the European Trade Union Institute and the European Trade Union Confederation shows that numerous workers still do not feel the economic recovery because in seven European Union member states, including Croatia, salaries are lower than eight years ago, the Croatian SSSH union federation said on Monday.

Croatia to have a record long streak of 29 months of rise in retail

Consumption in Croatia in January 2017 is set to have risen at a rate of 4.4% on the year, according to forecasts made by three economic analysts polled by Hina.

SDP says those in power have no real desire for necessary reforms

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) believes the speculation that Public Administration Minister Ivan Kovacic might resign shows that those in power have no real desire for the comprehensive reforms Croatia needs, the leading opposition party said on Sunday.

Covic says Sarajevo was ready to sue Croatia too

The Croat member of the Bosnian Presidency has said that he did not take a position on a request for a revision of a lawsuit against Serbia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) because he was sure that Bosniak representatives would sue Croatia before the ICJ too in case of a negative second instance ruling against six former Herceg Bosna officials before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Gender pay gap in Croatia among lowest in central, east Europe

The Paylab international service which surveys salaries, of which Croatia's MojaPlaca portal is part, has concluded that women earn between 2 and 11 percent less than men on the same job in central and east Europe, the gap in Croatia being among the smallest.

Moody's upgrades outlook on Croatia's to stable; affirms ratings

Moody's Investors Service on Friday changed Croatia's outlook to stable from negative and affirmed its Ba2 senior unsecured bond and Ba2 long-term issuer ratings.

Ex-FM denies irregularities in Brussels building purchase

Former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic on Friday responded to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's statement that the purchase of a building in Brussels should be investigated, labelling as untrue the insinuations that there had been irregularities in the purchase during her term.

PM says Brussels buidling for Croatian missions should put to use

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday he had requested information on the refurbishment of a building bought four years ago for Croatian diplomatic mission in Brussels, adding that it was time it was put into function.

Croatian PM tells Juncker, Cerar arbitration with Slovenia over

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday he told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovenian PM Miro Cerar that, for Croatia, the arbitration on the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute was over.

EU membership alone not enough for steady growth, says minister

European Union membership alone is not enough to keep a stable and lasting economic growth, which needs an additional push through business cost cuts, a stimulating entrepreneurial climate and stronger competitiveness, Croatian Economy Minister Martina Dalic said on Friday.

Project providing access to Croatian public e-services for other EU countries' citizens launched

The Croatian Public Administration Ministry on Friday launched a project enabling citizens from other EU member-states to access Croatian public e-services that are part of the e-Citizens for EU/EEA Citizens system.

ECJ: Parking fines enforceable across EU if issued by courts

The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that parking fines are enforceable in European Union member-states provided they are issued by a judicial court.

Croatian business people more optimistic than in 2016

Croatian business people are more optimistic about 2017 than a year ago and believe the economic situation will improve this year, according to a survey by the KPMG consulting company, the findings of which were presented at the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) on Thursday.

Meeting on Croatian 10-year Eurobond to take place in London on Friday

Croatia has mandated Citi, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and UniCredit to arrange fixed income investor meetings in London on March 10, Reuters news agency said on Thursday.

Croatia's textile industry sees workforce and investment halved in 10 years

The Croatian textile industry saw its workforce and investment halved in the period from 2005 to 2015 as some companies ceased operating and many downsized their workforces, data from the Financial Agency (FINA) show.

Night March for women's rights held in Zagreb

A Night March was held in downtown Zagreb on Wednesday on the occasion of International Women's Day in which 1,500 citizens said they were against restrictions of women's rights and asked for the right to a free, accessible and legal abortion.

Gov't proposes ratification of 2016 Paris Agreement

The Croatian government put forward to the parliament on Wednesday a bill to ratify the Paris Agreement, a treaty within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and climate change responses.

European Commission allocating money for Croatian LNG project

The European Commission said on Wednesday it was allocating funds for the trans-European energy infrastructure, including EUR 101.4 million for an off-shore LNG terminal on the Croatian island of Krk, EUR 747,999 for that project's studies, and EUR 40.5 million for a smart grid project (SINCROGRID).

"Women against Poverty" protest march held in Zagreb

In an attempt to point out the government's responsibility for the growing poverty of women, on the occasion of International Women's Day,  women's rights activists staged a protest rally in Zagreb's main square calling on relevant ministries to improve women's status.

Gov't selling shares in dozens of companies with state-owned minority stakes

The Restructuring and Sale Centre (CERP) has announced a public invitation for expression of interest in acquiring government-owned minority stakes in about 40 companies.

SDP MP calls for ratification of Istanbul Convention

Social Democrat (SDP) member of Parliament Josko Klisovic said on Wednesday that his party would submit to parliament a bill on the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), and called on other MPs to support the bill.

International Women's Day: Statistics on women in Croatia

At the end of 2015, there were 2.2 million women in Croatia, accounting for 51.2% of the total population; their average age has been on the rise, they have children later and later in life and their education keeps improving, show the most important indicators on the female population, its education and labour market, released by the national statistical office (DZS) for International Women's Day, March 8.

Net profits of companies of strategic, special interest to state go down in 2015

Forty-three companies and legal entities of strategic and special interest to the state in 2015 earned a net profit of HRK 1.5 billion, which is 35.7% less than in 2014, and their revenues dropped as well, show consolidated financial data released by the Financial Agency (FINA).

DSHV doesn't support any specific candidate in Serbia's presidential vote

The Council of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV) on Tuesday evening did not support any of the candidates to run in coming presidential elections in Serbia but suggested that local Croats should vote for a pro-democratic candidate with positive policies regarding the rights of the Croat ethnic minority.

Hoyt for urgent solutions to crises in S-E Europe

Helping Southeast Europe so that it becomes more stable, safer, more prosperous and better integrated with the rest of Europe is a common goal of Croatia and the United States, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Brian Yee said on Tuesday.

Gov't secretary, two ex-PM's advisors questioned in travel expense scandal

Corruption investigators on Tuesday questioned a former secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Sandra Zeljko, who until now was the key witness in an investigation into Tomislav Saucha, a member of Parliament and chief-of-staff of former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic suspected of the unlawful payment of travel expenses in the government.

Croatia protests against monument to be raised in Belgrade

Croatia strongly protested on Tuesday against a decision by the Serbian government to erect a monument to an officer of the former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), Milan Tepic, who is considered to be a hero in Serbia while in Croatia he is considered to be a killer of Croatian defenders at the start of the war for independence in 1991.

331 cases of violence, discrimination against Serbs in 2016

There were 331 cases of violence and other forms of incitement to discrimination against Serbs in 2016, up 57% on the year, according to figures which the Serb National Council (SNV) presented on Tuesday.

Croatia getting first LNG filling station in 2018

Croatia is expected to get the first LNG filling station for commercial vehicles in the first half of 2018, it was said on Tuesday at the launch of a project for the introduction of liquefied natural gas in Croatia's road transport.

Croatia advocates protection of Christians and religious minorities

Croatia advocates protection of Christians and all religious minorities in the world, and the integration of its Islamic community can serve as a model to other European countries, Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Geneva on Tuesday.

Zvizidic: Bosnia-Croatia governmental meeting likely in late April or early May

A joint meeting of the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia will be held in late April or early May, the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic said in Sarajevo on Tuesday.

Minister convinced of Croatia's agricultural success

The second national Slavonika agricultural conference opened on Tuesday at the Osijek Agriculture Faculty and attracted more than 200 experts scientists, farmers and executives of agribusinesses.

EC clarifies its position on Croatia-Slovenia border arbitration

The European Commission on Tuesday clarified its position on the border arbitration process between Croatia and Slovenia, saying that it generally supported arbitration processes in the interest of legal certainty.

Saucha's lawyer says charges laid against unidentified perpetrator

A defence counsel representing MP Tomislav Saucha, former prime minister Zoran Milanovic's chief-of-staff, who is currently under investigation for fraudulent travel expenses, on Monday declined to comment on the latest information of unlawful travel expense claims appearing also after the Milanovic premiership , however, she confirmed that they had laid charges against an unidentified perpetrator.

For 1% higher GDP, Croatia's exports to Germany need to be up 55%

In order to achieve a 1% growth of Croatia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), commodity exports to Germany would have to increase by about 55% while the export of services, primarily tourism - would have to increase by 27%, an analysis by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) notes.

Government budget deficit halved to 1.2% of GDP

The government budget deficit was halved from HRK 8.8 billion (2.7% of GDP) in 2015 to HRK 4.1 billion (1.2% of GDP) in 2016, according to data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB).

Number of people with frozen bank accounts up 9% in 3 years

The number of people in Croatia who have had their bank accounts frozen due to default payments increased by 9 percent from the end of 2013 to the end of 2016, while at the same time their unpaid obligations grew by almost 73 percent, data released by the Financial Agency (FINA) show.

Croatian weather service set to modernise its meteo monitoring network

Croatia's Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) is preparing documentation for a EUR 42-million project to upgrade its METMONIC Meteo Monitoring Network.

Sibenik only Croatian city in EU SHARE project on sustainable use of heritage

Sibenik is the only Croatian city to have joined the EU-led SHARE project on a "sustainable approach to cultural heritage for the urban areas re-qualification in Europe", and cities from Spain, Sweden, Great Britain, Romania, Hungary and Italy are covered by this programme aimed at preserving cultural heritage.

Eurobarometer shows Croatia hasn't lost trust in EU

Croatian citizens are among the more optimistic ones about the future of the European Union, with the optimistic ones exceeding the EU28 average by 9 percentage points, according to a survey commissioned by the European Commission.

Zagreb male city with dominantly patriarchal political space - research

A research conducted by Katja Vretenar and Zlatan Krajuina, a professor at Faculty of Political Science of Zagreb University, analysed the shares of women and men in 3,861 names of public institutions and space such as streets and squares in the capital of Zagreb and the findings show that 1032 streets and squares  (27%) are named after men and a mere 69 streets and squares (only 1.8%) are named after women.

FM praises Croat expats for contribution to building a free Croatia

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Saturday pointed out the contribution made by the Croatian Diaspora in efforts to build a free Croatia, and recalled that he was also born to a family of Croatian emigres in Argentina.

Bosnian Serb leader says prefers Russian gas to Croatian

The Bosnian Serb entity's president Milorad Dodik on Saturday again rejected a possibility of connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina's gas network to Croatia's network, insisting that the Serb entity be provided from the pipelines that deliver gas supplies only from Russia.

Croatian construction giants slowly recovering from recession

Croatia's leading construction companies Dalekovod, Ingra and Institut IGH are slowly recovering from the protracted recession and shrinking markets, according to their financial results for 2016.

Croatian minister hopes dialogue with Serbia's judiciary will resume

Croatia's Justice Minister Ante Sprlje has said that a list of 86 Croatian nationals whom Serbia wants to put on trial for war crimes was drawn up six years ago, and that he hopes that talks with Serbia's judiciary will resume after the forthcoming presidential elections in Serbia.

Zadar Outdoor Festival among 15 best open-air festivals in world

The online lifestyle & travel magazine American Express Essentials reports that  Zadar Outdoor Festival is one of the three European open-air festivals worth visiting this year.

India being promoted in Vukovar

An exhibition of photos took by Ivana Pavlovic, Tina Sirotic and Svibor Jancic during their tour of Uttarkhand was staged on Friday in the Vukovar Municipal Museum to mark the beginning of a two-day event promoting India in that eastern Croatian city.

U.S. sees corruption, social discrimination, violence against minorities as problems in Croatia

The United States' Department of State that issued its report on human rights practices in 2016 identifies "social discrimination and instances of violence directed against members of ethnic minorities, including ethnic Serbs and Roma, women, and children," as well as corruption as main problems in Croatia concerning the human rights state of affairs last year.

Tajani says Slovenia-Croatia border row their bilateral affair, urges good solution

The border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia is their bilateral issue, however, finding a good solution would have a good impact on the stability in the region, the European Parliament President, Antonio Tajni, who was on a working visit to Ljubljana on Friday, told the local daily "Delo".

6th Croatian contingent seen off to Afghanistan

The 6th Croatian contingent with 91 members of the Armed Forces and 22 troops from partner countries are going to Afghanistan on Friday evening and they were seen off at a barracks in Zagreb by Croatian President and Supreme Commander Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Several incidents caused by migrants reported in northern Serbia

Incidents caused by migrants have been reported in several villages in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina as they attempt to reach the European Union through Hungary or Croatia, local media said on Friday.

Croatia's PM: Juncker's support of border arbitration irrelevant, unacceptable

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's support of the arbitration process in the Slovenian-Croatian border dispute, which he said Croatia had irreversibly walked out of, was irrelevant and unacceptable.

Discussion held to promote women in STEM

As many as 70% of respondents covered by a survey about the involvement of women and men in science connect only men with this field, and the findings of the survey were presented at a panel discussion on Friday in the European Parliament's information office in Zagreb.

Croatia lagging behind on EU Digital Economy and Society Index

Although Croatia is lagging behind on the European Union's Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), last year it made progress and was fast approaching the EU average, the European Commission said in a report on Friday.

Croatia won't participate in 'shameful' arbitration with Slovenia

Croatia will not participate in arbitration proceedings behind which are shameful acts by some members, Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Friday, commenting on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's statement that the Commission supported the Croatian-Slovenian border arbitration process.

Slovenia wants European Commission to withdraw delegated act on Teran wine

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to withdraw the decision allowing Croatia to use the name Teran wine, while Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the Commission should first examine the veracity of Slovenia's claims.

Stier says no border arbitration with Slovenia, EC can't interfere

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Thursday dismissed as unacceptable European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's position that it was necessary to accept the arbitration procedure in the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute, adding that this, under a Croatian parliament decision, was now strictly a matter of bilateral agreement.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Banning abortion not solution, more should be invested in education and help

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday commented on the Constitutional Court ruling dismissing proposals that the existing abortion law be declared unconstitutional, saying that she believed that banning abortion would not solve anything and that it was necessary to invest more in education.

Stier: Croatia and Hungary vitally interested in Bosnia's stability

Croatia, together with Hungary, is vitally interested in the preservation of stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the two countries will do their best to assist in that, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Croatia continues to record largest annual drop in unemployment among EU countries

Croatia was among the European Union countries with the highest unemployment rates in January, but recorded the sharpest annual drop in unemployment for the sixth consecutive month, Eurostat data showed on Thursday.

EU Parliament urges reinstating visa requirements for US citizens

The European Parliament on Thursday called for the reinstatement of visas for US citizens in response to Washington's failure to lift visa requirements for nationals of five EU countries.

ProLife to start collecting signatures for anti-abortion referendum

ProLife.hr, an umbrella organisation of associations opposed to abortion, said on Thursday that they would launch a petition for collecting the necessary number of signatures in the next 40 days for a referendum challenging the Constitutional Court's ruling that the right to privacy is above the right to life.

Germany-Croatia trade in 2016 rises significantly

Croatia-Germany trade strongly increased in 2016, with Croatia's exports to Germany increasing significantly, the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations said in a press release on Thursday.

Council tasked with addressing consequences of authoritarian regimes founded

The Croatian government on Thursday set up a council tasked with addressing the consequences of the rule of authoritarian regimes in the period from the Second World War to the declaration of independence of Croatia's independence in 1991.