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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.

Bosnian FM: Milanovic has really stepped out of line this time

He said that Bosnia and Herzegovina's Council of Ministers hoped to build the best possible relations with Croatia, however, Milanovic's statements now raised the question of whether that was possible.

Croatian Foreign Minister: Hatemongers in Serbia again active

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac on Monday dismissed the latest accusations from Serbian Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin who compared the situation in Croatia with that in the World War II Nazi-styled Independent State of Croatia (NDH), saying that on-call hatemongers in Serbia were again active.

Kovac: Serbia should rid itself of aggressive Greater Serbia virus

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac on Monday wrote on his Facebook account that the Serbian authorities had still not "rid themselves of the virus of the aggressive Greater Serbia policy and of the Yugoslav Communist system" and that Serbia would not be able to join the European Union until they did so.

Croatian justice minister says 43 Croatian citizens on Serbia's list

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje confirmed on Saturday evening that 43 Croatian citizens were on the list of persons against whom Serbia launched an investigation based on the law under which this country declared itself competent to process war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.

Jusko: Peljesac Bridge project incorporates Bosnia's demands

"What I've seen in photos, there is not a single ship that has entered the Adriatic that cannot pass under the (Peljesac) Bridge, from biggest cargo ships to tankers, sail boats and cruise ships," Jusko was cited by the Dnevni Avaz daily as saying.

Children's ombudswoman responds to culture minister's request

Children's Ombudswoman Ivana Milas Klaric said on Thursday that in her opinion the column by Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, published in the latest issue of the Nacional weekly, could be violating the rights and interests of the children of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, adding that when writing critically about public figures it was unacceptable to make negative comments about their children.

Minister says making profit must not be main goal of state-owned companies

Enterprise and Crafts Minister Darko Horvat said on Thursday that making profit should not be the prime objective of the HEP power company and other public companies, adding that state-owned companies must be a reliable provider of services to citizens and industry. 

Culture ministers asks ombudswoman to protect rights of his children

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic on Wednesday called on the Ombudswoman for Children to protect his underage sons from hate speech in the article by Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, published in the latest issue of the Nacional weekly.

Minister: Croatia goes from being passive observer to co-creator of EU security policy

Orepic held talks with European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos. After the talks, Avramopoulos told the press that no country could handle the refugee crisis on its own.

Minister says comprehensive curricular reform too important to be personalised

The curricular reform is too important to be politicised and personalised as it is a system that will be in force for many years, the minister said, calling on all participants in the process "to show more patience and cooperation."

Minister says gov't faced with challenge of defending country's credit rating

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Monday that the government was faced with a major challenge - defending the country's credit rating.

Qatar defence minister begins official visit to Croatia

After the official talks, representatives of the Alan military equipment agency held a presentation of Croatia's defence industry which interested the Qatari delegation.

Croatia Can Do Better initiative calls for education minister's resignation

This civil society organisations making up the group called on citizens to attend the rallies set for June 1 at 6 pm to "clearly and loudly say that education is a priority for Croatian society."

Hasanbegovic rejects Ustasha ideology in interview with Le Monde

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde that he did not feel sorry for the Ustasha regime and that criticisms against him were a result of post-communism in Croatia.

Minister rules out privatisation of motorways for time being

As far as a loan of 250 million euro with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is concerned, Butkovic said that that loan was agreed to by the previous government however, it was not realised.

Ministry to co-finance 4 port infrastructure projects with HRK 5.6 mn

Maritime Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butkovic on Friday signed a HRK 5.6 million agreement with the executives of port authorities in Primorje-Groski Kotar County to co-finance four port infrastructure projects in the county.

FinMin says EBRD revises projections upward because of Croatia's good economic performance

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has revised upward its projection of Croatia's economic growth in 2016 to 1.5% from its initial forecast of about +0.5%.

Econ. Min: We know of their intentions but the decision is up to IBM

Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic on Monday confirmed that the government was aware of IBM's intentions to invest in a new user technical support centre, however he stressed, IBM hasn't decided yet whether that centre will in Croatia.

Minister says protesters' tent relocated to Vukovar temporarily

"The tent is in Vukovar's Homeland War Memorial Centre temporarily. Veterans' association will soon talk about the tent's future. There are no problems or tensions... We will find a solution soon," Medved said.  

Minister confident result of arbitration about INA will be favourable for Croatia

Panenic told Nova TV commercial television that the arbitration was launched for justified reasons -- for the sale of management rights, the harmful sale of the gas business, adding that Croatia suffered damage in both cases.

Economy minister says state will remain in INA owneship structure

Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said on Wednesday that discussions about whether the oil company INA was of national interest were pointless.

Croatia shouldn't blindly follow EC directives, says enterprise minister

Entrepreneurship Minister Darko Horvat said on Thursday there was a consensus to build a floating LNG terminal on the northern Adriatic island of Krk, adding that Croatia should not blindly follow every European Commission directive.

Croatian FM says Serbia must face past on road to EU

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Tuesday that Serbia would have to face the truth about the 1990s wars and abolish regional jurisdiction for war crimes if it wanted to join the European Union and have fair relations with Croatia.

Croatia will receive 500 refugees from Turkey, says FM

Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Tuesday that Croatia would receive less than 500 refugees from Turkey as part of an agreement between the European Union and Turkey which went into force on Monday.

"Met4Pharm" project example of science-economy synergy

Science Minister Predrag Sustar said this was an excellent example of cooperation between the scientific and business sectors.

Minister: No 'strictly confidential' document on health reform

The news website Index today published "strictly confidential documents on the health reform" which it claims were made by a private insurance company and which the government intends to use as a basis for the health reform.

Minister launches construction of building for 21 socially vulnerable families

Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic marked the start of the construction of a residential building in the southern Croatian town of Benkovac on Monday, worth EUR 1.32 million.

Civil society group: Culture minister should be replaced over his comment on attack on writer

The group resented the fact that aside from condemning physical violence and attacks on any citizen, the minister in his statement also said that "the case in question underlines the importance of responsibility for what one says or writes in public."

Croatian, Austrian foreign ministers: Small countries can change reality if they join forces

"We can be proud of our cooperation in the management of the migrant crisis, we have shown that we, medium-sized countries, can change the reality if we join our forces in a smart and efficient way," Kovac told a news conference after talks with Kurz in Vienna.

Croatian FM: Seselj acquittal offensive to victims, destructive for reconciliation

The acquittal of Vojislav Seselj is insulting and shocking for all victims of the Greater Serbian policy and destructive for the reconciliation process, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac said on Thursday.

Protest leader: Sit-in won't end without progress in dealing with veterans' problems

Glogoski, who left the meeting which the protesters were holding with the new minister early, told reporters that the protesters' tent would remain outside the ministry because their problems remained unsolved.

Croatia FM says Serbia must meet EU membership criteria

Asked if Croatia was blocking Serbia's EU entry talks, Kovac said all countries that wanted to enter the bloc must meet membership criteria and separate the negotiating process from election campaigns.

Parliament votes in favour of new veterans' affairs minister

Retired Brigadier-General Tomo Medved is Croatia's new Veterans' Affairs Minister after parliament took a vote of confidence on Monday with 88 MPs of the 130 present voting in favour of his appointment, 30 voting against and 15 abstaining.

Karamarako: Orepic answers to the PM and me

"I'm aware that he is a minister. He certainly is a minister and being a minister entails obligations. Being a minister means that you have to deal with problems and that you must not become a problem yourself," Karamarko said.

Committee unanimously supports Medved for veterans minister

The parliamentary War Veterans Committee on Thursday unanimously gave a vote of confidence in Tomo Medved, the candidate for war veterans minister.

Medved says will make ministry accessible to all veterans

War veterans ministerial nominee Tomo Medved said on Tuesday that his plan was to make the ministry accessible and available to all veterans.

FinMin: Gov't will introduce ESA2010 methodology with 2017 budget

Maric said this during a debate on the draft 2016 budget at a session of the parliamentary finance committee.

Karamarko says Brkic would have been top minister

"He is a brilliant man who was nominated to that post by the HDZ whose support, as well as my personal, he has enjoyed. Mr Brkic was absolutely the best solution for that position and I regret that he has decided to withdraw. 

FinMin says gov't won't hesistate and delay reforms

"The government and everyone who cares about Croatia can be satisfied with the decision to lower the credit rating," Maric told the press after Moody's on Friday lowered Croatia's ratings by one notch. 

Hasanbegovic dismisses claims about campaign against media

"The Council had the opportunity to state its position in its report. This is not a landing operation on the media scene, this is the assault on Drvar,"...

Croatian govt. doing utmost so Holocaust isn't forgotten, says FM

The Croatian people is strongly against any racial or religious intolerance and the incumbent government will do everything so that remembering the Holocaust is not forgotten, Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Friday at a symposium on the Holocaust.

Karamarko: No ultimatum regarding Brkic's war veterans' minister nomination

Speaking to reporters in Omis, Karamarko said there were no ultimatums between the HDZ and Bridge. "We always talk, negotiate. Sometimes it's not easy but we always reach an agreement," he said.

Karamarko hopes Brkic will become new war veterans' minister

Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko has said that he still expects the appointment of HDZ Secretary-General Milijan Brkic as the War Veterans' Affairs Minister.

Ex-minister says time will tell if HDZ nominee is good choice for post

"Time will tell whether Brkic is a good choice," Matic told reporters in parliament. He accused the HDZ of being inconsistent and questioned why they had turned the entire process into such a saga. 

Minister, county prefects advocate dialogue on public administration reform

The ministry and the government are focused on public administration, state administration, local and regional self-government units. Our goal is to have an efficient public administration which will provide citizens and the economy with an efficient service.

FinMin says expects 2% GDP growth, but there are negative risks

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Saturday that this year the government expected the economy to grow approximately 2%, but that there were negative risks that come with those assessments, primarily due to external factors.

Govt pays for legal advice over Crnoja case

Mijo Crnoja stepped down late January, a little more than a week after he took office, following media pressure due to a scandal over land for his future house and a loan granted to him.

FM: No mention of Hasanbegovic, Lozancic in Munich

Foreign Minister Miro Kovac has said that during his talks at a Munich security conference there was no mention of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, whose resignation has been demanded by the Opposition, nor of the case of Dragan Lozancic, ...

Karamarko: Hasanbegovic true anti-Fascist and anti-Communist

"I know that Hasanbegovic is a true anti-Fascist and anti-Communist," Karamarko said during a ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of the HDZ branch in the town of Bjelovar.

Hasanbegovic: Ustasha crimes biggest moral lapse in history of Croatian people

"Using totally peripheral statements I made as a student more than 20 years ago and taking them out of context is nothing but political manipulation," the minister said, declining to take questions from the press.

HDZ minister says partiotic criteria implied, Bridge minister doesn't know about it

Kruscevic told reporters that talks with candidates for the said positions would be launched already today and that a decision would be made in the near future.

Kurz says Montenegro could become part of migrant transit route should Austria close its border

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Podgorica on Wednesday that he did not rule out the possibility of Montenegro becoming part of the migrant transit route should his country decide to close its borders.

HSP supports culture minister in his "fight for truth about Croatia's past"

The non-parliamentary Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) has said that it absolutely supports Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic in what it describes as his fight for the truth about Croatia's past, which the Croatian people deserves.

Wiesenthal Center demands dismissal of Croatian Culture Minister

The Wiesenthal Center, named after Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, has expressed "its shock and indignation at several actions taken, and comments made, by newly-appointed Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic" and calls on the Croatian government to immediately dismiss Hasanbegovic. due to his comments on Croatia's history during World War II.

Economy minister denies he was fired for theft

Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic rejected allegations made by union leader Ozren Matijasevic during a meeting with Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Friday that Panenic had been fired from the Baumax company due to theft.

Minister hopes Constitution may be amended by year's end

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje is confident that the Constitution may be amended by the end of this year so as to enable the removal of a statute of limitations on white-collar crimes and murky dealings during the process of privatisation and war profiteering.

Some historians worried about campaign against culture minister

"As historians we express deep concern about the way some statements made by Dr Zlatko Hasanbegovic, the Culture Minister, have been used for his political, professional and moral discrediting," 

Minister bans new hiring in health sector

Health Minister Dario Nakic on Tuesday decided to impose a temporary ban on hirings in health institutions. The minister's decision followed after he saw figures according to which 500 people were given permanent employment contracts between November 8, 2015, when the parliamentary elections were held, and January 25, 2016.

Economy minister says cuts must be made

Cuts most definitely come from restructuring, the minister said adding that the government would see which way it would carry out the merger of agencies or scaling down of agencies.

Association backs minister's decision to dissolve non-profit media commission

The Croatian Association for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights on Monday supported the decision of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic to dissolve the Non-Profit Media Commission, saying that the decision was entirely justified.

Croats in Bosnia must be engine of country's integration with EU, says minister

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac said in Mostar on Friday that Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina must be the engine of European integration processes and transformation of that country towards the realisation of equal rights, 

FinMin calls on unions to show patience

"I urge them to show a little bit more patience regarding the meeting, given that the government was formed only six days ago, This is one of the priorities. to me and to my colleagues, so the meeting will most definitely happen,"

Minister: Insinuations aimed at disparaging gov't, war veterans

Media have said that Crnoja gave Samobor as his place of residence, although he actually lives in Zagreb, speculating that he did so because, unlike Zagreb, Samobor has no municipal tax, and that he has been reported several times for using physical violence.  

Petrov: Media reports should primarily worry Crnoja

As for Crnoja's announcement that a register of traitors should be published, Petrov said that making announcements before agreeing on them was not a good thing.