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

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

Croatian president says outcome of Britain's referendum both shock and wake-up call

The outcome of Britain's referendum was at the same time a shock and a wake-up call over the erosion of people's support for the European Union, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Tuesday evening at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she delivered a lecture.

Estonia fails for fifth time to elect president

Tallinn (dpa) - A special body set up to elect the Estonian president after parliament failed three times to do so also did not manage to reach a conclusive result after two attempts on Saturday.

Grabar-Kitarovic welcomes veterans' call for defusing tensions in Croatia-Serbia relations

She said that she was aware that in the run-up to elections strong words were used, welcoming Croatian war veterans' call for defusing tensions.

Croatian President posthumously decorates Istrian anti-fascist Ljubomir Drndic

On the occasion of the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday posthumously decorated Partisan fighter Ljubomir Drndic for his contribution to the struggle for the national and social rights and development of the Croatian people.

41st Prstenac Race jousting tournament held in Istria

The 41st Prstenac Race was held in Barban, Istria County on Sunday, attended by nearly all political officials, and the winner of the  jousting tournament was the oldest participant, 55-year-old Bruno Kozljan of Barban.

Croatian President Grabar-Kitarovic ends visit to Medjugorje

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Sunday ended her visit to the Marian shrine of Medjugorje in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, spending the last day of her stay rafting along the river Neretva, the Bosnian edition of the Vecernji List daily reported.

President says Operation Storm honourable victory for righteous cause

We respect every victim, the president said adding that every human life is valuable and that every family mourns their loved once the same way. "But (everyone) must know that 'Storm' was and will be remembered in history as a politically justified, ethically clean and military brilliant liberation operation on Croatian state territory.

President says Croatia respects every victim but Operation Storm was ethically clean

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday in Knin at the central celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Croatian military and police Operation Storm and celebration of  Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day that Croatia respected every victim, but that Operation Storm was ethically clean.

Top state officials pay their respects to Operation Storm veterans

Croatia's state leadership, led by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, after a military parade on Friday laid wreaths and lit candles in Dr. Ante Starcevic Square in Knin where a central ceremony marking Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day is held.

President issues message for Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic issued a message on Thursday extending her best wishes to Croatian citizens on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans' Day, observed on August 5.

President: Krk LNG terminal could be regional strategic project

There are great chances of the future floating LNG terminal off the northern Adriatic island of Krk becoming a regional strategic project that will benefit not just Croatia but other countries as well, including Ukraine, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday during a visit to the LNG terminal in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda.

Croatian president meets with Lithuanian counterpart in Vilnius

Bilateral cooperation and common interests in the territory between the Baltic and the Adriatic are very important to Croatia and Lithuania, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite said in Vilnius on Thursday

President decides early parliament election on Sept 11

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic decided on Saturday that early parliamentary election will be held on Sunday, September 11.

President receives Adriatic-Ionian Euroregion delegation

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday received a delegation of the Adriatic-Ionian Euroregion on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of that initiative and they informed her of the initiative's achievements and plans with an emphasis on the completion of the Adriatic-Ionian motorway and other transport projects, the Office of the Croatian President said in a press release.

Croatia to contribute to greater NATO presence in Eastern Europe with one company

Croatia will contribute to NATO's presence in Eastern Europe most probably with one company that will be integrated in a German-Dutch contingent, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is heading a state delegation attending a NATO summit in Warsaw, said on Friday.

Top state and church officials extend best wishes on Ramadam Bayram

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday extended her best wishes to all Muslim believers in Croatia on the occasion of Ramadan Bayram.

President says isn't worried about election but lack of continuity

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Sunday it was not unusual that a new parliamentary election, which she will likely call for September 11, would be held in a short time, but voiced concern about a  lack of continuity between Croatian governments.

20 yrs of Croatia-US defence cooperation marked

Croatian President and Armed Forces Commander-In-Chief Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has received Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and representatives of the Minnesota National Guard on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of defence cooperation between Croatia and the US as part of the State Partnership Program with Minnesota, Grabar-Kitarovic's office said on Saturday.

President inclined to call early election for Sept 11

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday she had not yet decided on the date of the early election, adding that she was inclined to schedule the vote for September 11.

Iceland's new president shuns VIP box to watch game with fans

Iceland's newly elected president Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson prefers to watch his country's national team with the fans rather than from the rarefied confines of the VIP area.

President: We achieved a lot, many challenges ahead, we will succeed together

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday that Croatia had achieved a lot over the past 25 years, but that there were many challenges ahead and that "we can succeed together" by turning to the future and letting go of discussions about the past.  

Parliament marks Statehood Day

Statehood Day was celebrated on Saturday with a special session of the Croatian Parliament at which President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said that over the past quarter of a century Croatia had achieved a lot, calling for consensus on fundamental national interests and determination to realise that.

Croatian president attends ceremony marking 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Friday wrapped up her two-day official visit to Slovenia by attending a ceremony in Ljubljana, marking the 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence.

Croatian president meets with Slovenian PM

"We also discussed outstanding issues and ways of dealing with them, and we agreed that they must not mar our friendship," she told reporters on the second day of her visit to Slovenia.

Obama, Putin, Pope, Ban congratulate Croatia on Statehood Day

The US appreciates the strong cooperation with Croatia in Europe and globally, Obama said in his note, adding that Croatia was an example in the region of how hard work and reforms could lead to Euro-Atlantic integration.

Pahor says EU will face inevitable changes regardless of Brexit referendum outcome

Slovenian President Borut Pahor said in Ljubljana on Thursday that regardless of the outcome of the British referendum, the European Union will have to undergo inevitable changes.

Croatian, Slovenian presidents call for continuation of friendly relations

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who arrived in Ljubljana for a two-day visit, was given a welcome ceremony with full military honours, after which she and Pahor held one-on-one talks and their respective delegations held consultations.

President to suggest joint economic forum with Serbia in Osijek

She expressed concern over demographic trends in eastern Slavonia from where young people are emigrating every day, assessing that it is necessary to create conditions that will enable young people to remain here but also for them to return.

NGOs say president should declare her ties to Football Federation, Mamic

"A politically and socially responsible reaction must focus on the poor and potentially criminal management of the HNS without democratic supervision. The HNS does not see itself as an organisation of public interest but as a 'private circle of football employees'.  

President proposes govt session to tackle Croat hooliganism in France

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Saturday proposed convening a session of the Croatian government to address hooliganism that marred Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic in France on Friday, her office said in a press release.

President calls for parliament dissolution, early election

President Grabar-Kitarovic said that an absolute majority of lawmakers had told her that they were in favour of a snap parliamentary election.

HNS chief says 82 signatures collected for parliament dissolution

Vrdoljak said that the consultations focused on the potential date of early election, adding that the HNS believes election should be held on September 4 or 11.

HDSSB, Hrid in favour of snap election; HSS, HSP AS, ex-Bridge MPs against

The HDSSB sees a stability factor in the president, Glavas said, adding that Grabar-Kitarovic had political responsibility regarding the direction Croatia would take in the coming weeks and months.

Consultations in President's Office start

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Friday started talks in her office with parliamentary deputies and groups after the parliament on Thursday voted no confidence in non-partisan Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, whereby his cabinet was toppled.

Oreskovic requests meeting with President

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Friday afternoon received Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic in her office at his request.

President calls for resolving gov't crisis as soon as possible

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Friday called on all political stakeholders in the country to see to it that the government crisis was resolved as soon as possible, noting that interests of the state came before party or personal interests.

FinMin: President's criticism constructive

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Tuesday that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's criticism regarding the implementation of reforms was constructive, adding that it was in fact a recommendation that reforms should not be postponed.

President calls for political unity in projects critical for stable development

Croatian Parliament Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has called for political unity in projects critical for structural changes and stable development.

President holds talks with Karamarko, Petrov

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic received First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko in her office on Monday and then Deputy PM Bozo Petrov, who informed her about the situation in the government, the president's office told Hina.

President, Parl. Speaker and PM hold meeting over govt crisis

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday morning convened a meeting with Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, a source from the Office of the Croatian President told Hina

President calls for continuation of curriculum reform

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic issued a letter to the public on Sunday calling for the continuation of the curriculum reform.

President issues message for Croatian Armed Forces Day

The President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, on Friday extended her best wishes to all servicemen and servicewomen on the occasion of Croatian Armed Forces Day, which is observed on May 28.  

Croatian president holds talks with Afghanistan's Chief Executive

The talks, held on the second day of Grabar-Kitarovic's visit to Afghanistan, focused on the situation in that country that has been torn by war for decades, and on ongoing reforms.

President Grabar-Kitarovic visits Croatian troops in Afghanistan

The visit to the Croatian peace-keepers in that Asian country was organised as part of the events marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian Armed Forces.

Croatian president to attend World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

The Croatian president is due to address the summit and attend a closed meeting of heads of state or government who will discuss the challenges and possibilities of extending humanitarian aid.

Croatian president to visit Iran next week

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will pay a three-day official visit to Iran next week to meet with the country's senior officials for talks on promoting economic relations between the two countries.

President received delegation of Honorary Bleiburg Platoon

The central commemoration marking the anniversary of Croats killed at Bleiburg field in Austria at the end of World War Two will be held on Saturday, May 14.

Public sector should be example of corporate social responsibility, says president

"It is the public sector's duty not just to encourage but also to be an example of corporate social responsibility," Grabar-Kitarovic said.

President: State can resolve some problems with decentralisation

"That shows that they don't see any prospects in this area. What is needed above all is to set preconditions for economic development but also living conditions that will promote optimism and confidence in one's own future and the future of Baranja,"

President, PM visit Security and Intelligence Agency, talk to new chief

In early February, President Grabar-Kitarovic signed a decision requesting the dismissal of Dragan Lozancic as SOA chief, claiming that he had violated the Security and Intelligence System Act, her office said in a press release then.

President: Evil spirits of the past must not rob us of our better future

I address you from the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, where the most important decisions with respect to the founding of the modern Croatian state have been made.

Croatian President says will advocate faster ratification of Montenegro's NATO accession protocol

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Budva on Saturday she would personally advocate the ratification of Montenegro's protocol on association with NATO in the Croatian parliament as soon as possible.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Croatia fully supports Montenegro's Euro-Atlantic integration bid

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that Croatia fully supported Montenegro's path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

Milanovic: President could be summoned by parl. commission over Lozancic case

"She should not be surprised if parliament summons her to explain her allegations, because the burden of providing evidence is on her and not on Lozancic," Milanovic told the press 

Labour Party wants commission of inquiry to investigate president's allegations against Lozancic

Tomislav Koncevski of the Labour party asked in parliament on Friday that a commission of inquiry be set up to investigate allegations made by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic that former Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief Dragan Lozancic was a personal intelligence officer for former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic.  

Opposition leader: President's conduct frivolous and irresponsible

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic on Thursday commented on his Facebook profile that "Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's behaviour is frivolous and irresponsible."

President: Freedom of media much better than some try to portray

"It is true that there are incidents in Croatia, I'm not denying that, they occur in every country," Grabar-Kitarovic said in an interview with the HRT public broadcaster when asked to comment on criticisms in foreign media about the fascistisation of Croatia.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Ex-SOA chief was Milanovic's personal intelligence officer

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, speaking in a television interview on Wednesday, accused former Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief Dragan Lozancic of having served as a "personal intelligence officer" for former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic.

President booed during speech on freedom of media

"Freedom of the media is one of the most fundamental freedoms, one of the most fundamental human rights, and the foundation of every democratic society," Grabar-Kitarovic told the conference, involving 16 countries from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

President says won't go to either Jasenovac or Bleiburg this year

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has saidthat this year she is not going to either Jasenovac or Bleiburg because she refuses to take part in ideological divisions.

Current county system should be retained and rationalised, says President

Rationalising the work of counties can show that they are very functional," Grabar-Kitarovic said during a visit on the occasion of Medjimurje County Day.

Turkish president begins two-day visit to Croatia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Croatia on Tuesday for a two-day visit which will focus on strengthening bilateral economic ties and on the refugee crisis.

Croatian president wraps up visit to UN

During her stay in the World Organisation's headquarters, President Grabar-Kitarovic met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the talks on development of bilateral relations.

President, PM wish happy Passover

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Friday congratulated Jewish citizens on Passover.

Commission says president violated principles of preserving her credibility

The Commission said Grabar-Kitarovic had received HRK 1.17 million in compensation for the cost of her presidential campaign and had paid it to the HDZ, the party that nominated her as presidential candidate, so that it could later be used for humanitarian purposes.

Grabar-Kitarovic tells UN Seselj acquittal dangerous precedent

She warns Ban about the possible damaging effects of the March 31 decision handed down in Seselj's absence, saying she is "deeply disappointed and concerned" with it.

Parl. committee fails to back proposal to close Mesic's office

Mlakar insists that all former heads of state should be given equal rights and that the legislation should be amended to that aim. The HDZ parliamentarian also fears that the latest proposed amendments cannot pass the test of constitutionality.

Grabar-Kitarovic says ambassadors mustn't interfere in internal affairs

Austrian Ambassador to Croatia Andreas Wiedenhoff said on Twitter on Thursday that he had a "very interesting meeting with colleagues and friends on freedom of the media, a key priority of our foreign policy."

Croatian president meets SAAB, Microsoft representatives

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met with representatives of Microsoft and SAAB in Bratislava on Saturday, on the fringes of the GLOBSEC security forum.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Migrant crisis requires comprehensive solution

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that the migrant crisis required a single and comprehensive solution taking into account security and economic problems in migrants' countries of origin.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Bosnia's Euro-Atlantic integration Croatia's strategic interest

"Without Croats and all of you who live here and work at Mostar University there would be no Bosnia and Herzegovina. BiH is not only a geographical area but the people who make it," Grabar-Kitarovic said.

Croatian president reiterates her support to Bosnia's EU membership bid

"Croatia believes that Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue making headway at a faster and a faster pace, and Zagreb will encourage it on its journey towards the EU,"

President meets with representatives of antifascists and ethnic minorities

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and representatives of antifascists and ethnic minorities agreed at a meeting on Monday on the need to open dialogue on all outstanding issues, the President's Office said in a statement.

President confident government will take brave, decisive steps

She said her impression was that the government members "have clear goals and ideas" and that when they "begin presenting them to the public more strongly and actively, we will be able to assess the direction the government is taking."

President visits Pag island

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic attended the Island of Pag Economic Forum in Novalja on Friday alongside representatives of diplomatic missions and international organisations accredited in Croatia and 160 business people from the island.

President believes gov't will be sensitive to problems of island communities

"Molat and Ist are islands with schools in which there are no children, the last baptism and wedding ceremonies in the local churches were performed some 20 years ago. We have to restore life on Croatian islands," ...

President Grabar-Kitarovic says Genscher Croatia's great friend

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Friday expressed her condolences to her German counterpart Joachim Gauck over the death of former foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, saying that he was a great friend of Croatia, the President's Office has reported.

Grabar-Kitarovic calls for greater solidarity in fight against terrorism

Delivering a talk at the University of Sofia, Grabar-Kitarovic also advocated strengthening central Europe's economic and energy security and the EU's expansion to western Balkan countries.

Grabar-Kitarovic to pay official visit to Bulgaria Wednesday

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will be visiting Bulgaria on Wednesday and Thursday at the invitation of her Bulgarian counterpart Rosen Plevneliev, the first president to have officially visited Zagreb during Grabar-Kitarovic's term in office.

Grabar-Kitarovic: I'm glad we agreed on SOA chief

"I am glad that we have agreed. Our cooperation is very good, we are moving on," Grabar-Kitarovic told the press during a stroll through central Zagreb on Saturday.

Estonia and Croatia have a lot in common, says Ilves

As a member of the EU and NATO, Croatia can serve as an example to other countries in the region which have not yet made sufficient progress in their transformation to become part of Euro-Atlantic associations and it help them on that path, he said.

President worried about situation with Croatian MiG-21 aircraft

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Tuesday she was worried about what she had heard concerning the state of Croatian MiG 21 combat aircraft.

Grabar-Kitarovic and Ivanov discuss incident on Macedonia-Greece border

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov spoke on the phone on Thursday about an incident that had occurred on the Macedonian-Greek border on Monday, when several hundred migrants attempted to cross the border into Macedonia and three drowned in a river, the Croatian President's Office said in a statement.

Deputy PM Petrov announces cuts for former president's office

"The amendment will be accepted to a certain measure with regard to finances and I hope that the amendments to the law on the former president's office will be introduced," Petrov told reporters.

Prince Charles congratulates Croatia on extraordinary progress

"Croatia has made so much of the opportunities that peace has given. So, Madame President, may I congratulate Croatia on its achievements and may I wish you all continuing peace and prosperity," Prince Charles said in his toast at the dinner, 

Croatian president to pay working visit to Jordan over weekend

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will pay a working visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan over the weekend, her office announced in a press release on Friday.

President says Labin Republic synonym for fight for social justice

Addressing the ceremony, the president said that with the establishment of workers' self-rule in the Labin coal mines in 1921, Istrian workers had stood against the violent fascist regime, the first totalitarian regime of the 20th century. 

Full border control absolutely necessary, says president

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Wednesday that full control of the state border was absolutely necessary but that this did not mean closing the border nor treating migrants inhumanely, but protecting Croatia's national security.

Office of President refutes newspaper's claims about video

The Office of President Grabar-Kitarovic refuted those allegations as untrue and said it expected the newspaper and the columnist to apologise.

President's Office spends nearly 5 mln kuna less than planned in 2015

The Office of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic spent nearly 5 million kuna less than planned in 2015, the president's office said adding that its motto was "less is more", but stressing however that this did not reduce the activities of the Office.

President marks first year in office, calls for enabling well-being

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Saturday marked her first year in office with an Open Door Day at her office, saying the main task of Croatian politicians and everyone in the country was to enable the well-being of Croatian citizens.

President says will aim all her energy at improving life of Croatian citizens

Commenting on its relationship with the new government, Grabar-Kitarovic said they did not have to agree on everything, adding that this partnership should be used to the benefit of Croatia.

HND asks Grabar-Kitarovic: What have we done to deserve fascist attacks?

The Croatian Journalists Association (HND) on Monday issued a statement on its web site, asking President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to explain what exactly the HND had done to deserve to be attacked with fascist methods.

Serbian president says no conditions were set for his visit to Croatia

In an interview with the Belgrade-based Danas daily of Monday, Nikolic said that there was no truth whatsoever in claims that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic had set conditions for his official visit to Croatia.

Grabar-Kitarovic says real causes of refugee crisis finally discussed

"I am glad that we have finally started talking about the real problems rather than only about refugee quotas. That we have started to focus on what I have been warning about the whole time... the root causes of the crises that result in migrant tides," 

President Grabar-Kitarovic wins Vecernji List Person of the Year 2015 award

"In some areas more was done - as for foreign policy results in the past year, they are really impressive. Along with the relocation of my office, which happened several times last year, those are the key achievements of my administration," she said in the interview.

President replies to Pupovac's letter: Intolerance started growing before new gov't was formed

In that context, she believes that chanting the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready" is entirely unacceptable because it "harms national cohesion, citizens' unity and interests of the Republic of Croatia."

President talks Croatia's experience in refugee crisis

As the keynote speaker, Grabar-Kitarovic said that Europe was caught off guard, without a clear policy or coordinated approach, which resulted in Croatia's neighbours putting up wire fences along their borders with Croatia in an attempt to protect their borders.

President says will co-sign appointment of Mirko Sundov as Armed Forces Chief of Staff

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will be pleased to co-sign the decision appointing General Mirko Sundov as Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, a source at the President's Office told Hina on Thursday.