25th anniversary of Croatia's int'l recognition marked in Vukovar

The 25th anniversary of Croatia's international recognition and the 19th anniversary of the completion of the process of peaceful reintegration of Croatia's Danube River region was marked in the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar on Sunday with a wreath-laying ceremony attended by state and county officials.

Activists reinstall Vukovar exhibition in Novi Sad

Serbia's Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) held a protest action in Novi Sad on Tuesday evening, reinstalling an exhibition of photographs of the war-ravaged Croatian town of Vukovar.

Croatian President says feeling of safe future must be created for all citizens

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Friday that the first thing that must be done in Croatia is to create the feeling of a safe future, that Croatia is a country that accepts differences and a country in which everyone will feel safe and protected. 

Exhibition on war-ravaged Vukovar in Novi Sad damaged

Six shop window in the centre of Novi Sad with artistic photos showing the 1991 destruction of the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar were smashed, the Serbian news agency Beta reported on Tuesday.

Croatia has EUR 350m available from EU funds for aquaculture development until 2020

Croatia has EUR 350 million available until 2020 for the development of aquaculture and this money must be invested in quality sea projects, the 12th international aquaculture conference heard in Vukovar on Thursday.

Ovcara Farm victims commemorated

Commemorative events, including placing of flowers and lighting of candles, were held at Ovcara outside Vukovar on Sunday in memory of the murder of 264 wounded Croatian soldiers and civilians who were executed by Serb rebels and paramilitaries on 20 November 1991, a day after they had been taken from the local hospital, when that eastern Croatian town fell into the hands of Serb insurgents and the then Yugoslav People's Army.

Wreath-laying ceremony held on mass grave site at Lovas farm

The commemoration of Croatian soldiers and civilians killed in Vukovar's neighbourhood of Borovo Naselje in 1991 ended on Saturday afternoon with the laying of wreaths and lighting of candles on the site of a mass grave at the Lovas farm from which 24 bodies had been exhumed in 2001.

Commemoration for Borovo Naselje victims held

A commemoration under the slogan "Sacrifice of Borovo Naselje for the Homeland," was held on Saturday in front of what once used to be the Borovo Commerce warehouse on the outskirts of the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar.

Vukovar Remembrance Day ceremonies held

The eastern Croatian town of Vukovar as well as the whole of Croatia on Friday observed Vukovar Remembrance Day in memory of 18 November 1991 when Vukovar fell into the hands of more numerous forces of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) and Serb paramilitaries, after which around 22,000 Croats and members of other non-Serbs were expelled and several thousand Croatian soldiers and civilians interned in Serb-run prison camps.

Croatian Serb community pays respect to Vukovar victims

A commemoration ceremony was held in the Serbian Orthodox church in Zagreb on Friday in honour of the innocent victims in Vukovar in 1991, the Serb People's  Council (SNV) has reported.

Zagreb archbisop says destruction of Croatia worst since WWII

The Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, celebrated Mass for killed and missing defenders and civilians at the Homeland War Victims Memorial Cemetery in Vukovar on Friday.

Mothers' associations support families of arrested Orasje Croats

Munira Subasic and Slavica Bilic on behalf of the Mothers of Srebrenica from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mothers of Peace from Croatia respective associations on Friday sent a message of solidarity from Vukovar to the families of Bosnian Croat HVO members recently arrested in Orasje.

Wreaths laid at Homeland War Memorial Cemetery in Vukovar

State and other delegations laid wreaths and lit candles at the Homeland War Memorial Cemetery in Vukovar on Friday commemorating Croatian soldiers and civilians killed while defending the town from besieging Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) and Serb paramilitary forces 25 years ago.

Vukovar Remembrance Day ceremonies begin

Memorial ceremonies began in the yard of the General Hospital in Vukovar on Friday morning to mark Vukovar Remembrance Day, the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the town in the military aggression by Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) and Serb paramilitary forces at the start of the 1991-1995 Homeland War.

Bosnian Croat official commemorates Vukovar victims

The Croat member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina collective Presidency, Dragan Covic, said on Thursday that Croats in Bosnia would have seen the same fate as the people of Vukovar and Skabrnja had they failed to form the Croat community of Herceg Bosna, calling on Croatia to help its fellow-countrymen realise achieve the equal status and accelerate Bosnia's path to the European Union.

Candles lit at start of Vukovar Remembrance Day commemorations

Commemorations on the occasion of Vukovar Remembrance Day, observed on 18 November, started on Thursday evening with the lighting of candles and lanterns in the yard of the Vukovar General Hospital.

181 persons convicted for war crimes in Vukovar

In the 25 years since war crimes were committed in the eastern town of Vukovar, Croatian prosecutors have launched criminal proceedings against 1,203 persons, 181 have been convicted and many proceedings are still under way, the Justice Ministry said on Thursday.

"Vukowar - 87 Days of Pain and Suffering" opened in Croatian Parliament

The exhibition features a collection of war photographs portraying difficult war-time days in Vukovar, eastern Croatia.

Vukovar mayor receives Albanian, Kosovo delegations

Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava on Thursday received representatives of the Association of Albanian Defenders in the Croatian Homeland War and delegations of the Republic of Albania and Republic of Kosovo for talks at which the friendship and cooperation between the two peoples was stressed.

U.S. senator Mark Begich visits Vukovar

Vukovar mayor Ivan Penava on Tuesday received U.S. Senator Mark Begich, a special envoy of the U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for relations with Croats and Croatia, and briefed him about the economic situation and prospects of this eastern Croatian town.

HRK 21.3 mn invested in Vukovar business innovation centre

A ceremony was held in Vukovar on Thursday to mark the completion of the Business Innovation Centre (BIC) project valued HRK 21.3 million.

25th anniversary of occupation of Berak marked

Wreaths were laid and candles lit in Berak near the eastern town of Vukovar on Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the occupation of that village by the former Yugoslav Army and Serb paramilitaries on September 2, 1991.

First monument to war missing unveiled in Vukovar

The first monument to missing persons in Croatia was unveiled in the eastern town of Vukovar on Tuesday on the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared.

Tenth edition of Vukovar Film Festival set for Aug 22 - 27

The tenth edition of the Vukovar Film Festival (VFF) - Festival of Danubian Countries taking place August 22nd to 27th will premiere some of the best recent European and world film productions with the highlight being the premiere of Pedro Almodovar's latest production - Julieta.

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.

Croatian MEP says supports removal of false residence registrations

Croatian Conservative Party (HKS) leader Ruza Tomasic, who is also a member of the European Parliament, said on Sunday she supported the Ministry of the Interior's revision of residence registrations and removal of false registrations of members of the Serb minority in Vukovar, dismissing criticisms from Serbian officials regarding the matter.

Former inmates of Serb-run prison camps hold comemmoration

The Croatian Association of Former Inmates of Serb-run Concentration Camps (HDLSKL) on Sunday marked a day of remembrance for inmates of enemy camps in the 1991-95 Homeland War, commemorating the day when in 1992 the last big exchange of prisoners of war took place at the eastern village of Nemetin.  

Vukovar mayor: Milanovic's government tried to cause chaos in Vukovar

The mayor of the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar, Ivan Penava, on Sunday accused the former government led by Social Democrat Zoran Milanovic of having tried to cause chaos in Vukovar by refusing demands by the town authorities to conduct a new census in that town.

Croatian Serb official says minister's statement worrying

The president of the Serb National Council (SNV), Milorad Pupovac, has described as worrying the statement by Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic that the Serb minority in Vukovar had manipulated the registration of residence in that eastern city and that after false residence registrations were removed, "there will no longer be any legal grounds for the use of the Cyrillic script in Vukovar."

Serbian minister slams Orepic's statement about Vukovar Serbs

In a statement carried by the Serbian public broadcaster RTS, Stefanovic said this was an attempt to "deny the few Serbs who have not been expelled from Croatia the right to use their language and script."

Pupovac says SDSS will have 3 candidates on minority slate

Leaders of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) in the party headquarters in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Sunday are deciding about candidates on slates for early parliamentary election and according to party sources the SDSS will have three candidates on the minority slate.

Serb representatives in Vukovar don't attend Victory Day observance

Political representatives of Croatian Serbs did not take part this year either in observing Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day in Vukovar, although they were invited at a City Council session.

Veterans for tougher conditions in Serbia's EU membership talks

Vukovar veterans on Friday told a press conference in Vukovar that they would support that political group that will condition the closing of Chapter 23 in Serbia's EU accession negotiations, demanding that Serbia pay war reparation for the excessive shelling of that town in 1991 and compensation to POWs detained in Serb concentration camps during the 1991-1995 Homeland Defence War.

EUR 120mn from EU funds for six small war-affected towns in Croatia

Beli Manastir, Benkovac, Darda, Knin, Petrinja and Vukovar will take part in a EUR 120 million programme for the integrated regeneration of small towns affected by the 1991-19915 war.  

Iconic tower in Croatia's Vukovar to be restored as war memorial

An iconic water tower in the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar, which has come to symbolize the country's struggle for independence from Yugoslavia, is set to be restored as a war memorial, according to media reports Monday.

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.  

Bilingual sign on Vukovar police department smashed again

A bilingual, Latin-Cyrillic sign with the name of the Vukovar City Police Department was smashed again around noon on Friday, the local police confirmed.

Parl. committee wants court to check constitutionality of Vukovar town statute

The motion was supported by six committee members, while four committee members from the ruling HDZ and Bridge parties voted against, and former Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) member Mirko Raskovic abstained.

Vukovar Museum given Silletto Prize by European Museum Forum

The Vukovar City Museum won the Silleto Prize at a ceremony on Saturday evening in San Sebastian, Spain, during which the European Museum Forum conferred its awards, including the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), to this year's winners.

PM says investor from Middle East looking for farmland in Slavonia

The investor is from the Middle East. I presented the proposal today so that we can see if we can define a model to consolidate farmland. That might be 5,000 hectares and not necessarily 10,000. 

IPA Croatia-Serbia cross-border cooperation programme launched

The implementation of a EUR 40 million Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation programme between Croatia and Serbia for the 2014-20 period was launched in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Wednesday.

Vukovar would like more tourists on Danube cruise ships

Presenting the results of a survey of international river cruises in Croatia, Zrinka Marusic of the Tourism Institute said that the most effective way to attract more cruise ships to Vukovar was through direct marketing and contact with tour operators.

Vukovar war veterans propose town's wartime commander for minister

Rehak said that Borkovic would be the most suitable candidate for that position given his engagement in 1991 to establish a service for care for defenders of Vukovar, notably disabled veterans, which paved the way for the establishment of the relevant ministry.

Pupovac condemns attack on young man in Vukovar

"My party and the SNV have condemned this criminal act committed by three young men and I am condemning it now," Pupovac said in an interview with Croatian Radio 

Vukovar deputy mayor says Serb community socially marginalised

Vukovar deputy mayor Srdjan Milakovic said on Thursday that the Serb community and its political representatives were totally marginalised socially and condemned three Serb youths for assaulting a Croat youth in the eastern town.

Documentary about French volunteer killed in Vukovar premiered in Zagreb

A documentary about Jean-Michel Nicolier, a French volunteer in the Croatian Homeland Defence who was killed by Serb paramilitaries during the Vukovar atrocities, was shown in the Cinema Europa in Zagreb on Wednesday evening.

Initiative for Defence of Croatian Vukovar calls for pardon for 28 persons

The Initiative added they expected the new government to show an exceptional level of sensitivity towards victims of the 1991-1995 Homeland War.

Reintegration result of agreement and courage, says president

With regard to the reintegration, President Grabar-Kitarovic said that it was the result of "the political wisdom of the first president Franjo Tudjman, the then Croatian government and leadership as well as of the leadership of local Serbs."

President: Vukovar can play role in Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea initiative

"Vukovar can play an extremely important role within the Baltic-Adriatic-Black Sea initiative," she said, adding that a prerequisite for this was the further restructuring and expansion of the Port of Vukovar. 

President: New models of coexistence in Danube region necessary

Grabar-Kitarovic was speaking at a conference marking the 18th anniversary of the peaceful reintegration of Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srijem, held under her auspices. 

Ethnic Serbs, Croatian returnees talk with president

Crnogorac said Grabar-Kitarovic was briefed about the disrespect of the decision on the participation of ethnic Serbs in state institutions proportionally to their percentage in the population.

President Grabar-Kitarovic temporarily relocates her office to Vukovar

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic temporarily relocated her office to the eastern town of Vukovar on Thursday "to be closer to citizens and for Vukovar to be, at least symbolically, the capital of Croatia" over the next three days.

President to temporarily set up her office in Vukovar

This past summer she set up her office in the sputhern Adriatic city of Split and the northern Adriatic city of Pula.

Inaitive for Defence of Croatian Vukovar commemorates deceased veteran

The police said at the time that the police officer had the duty to act in case of attacks on bilingual signs and that Pajcic sustained his injuries when he fell on the pavement.

Victims killed at Ovcara, Velepromet commemorated

The youngest victim executed at Ovcara was 16-year-old Igor Katic and the oldest was a 77-year-old man.

Serb community pays its respect to Vukovar's innocent victims

The candles were lit at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Zagreb. Zagreb-Ljubljana Metropolitan Porfirije was also present.

30,000 walk in Vukovar's remembrance procession

"Vukovar deserves having its tragedy marked in such a dignified manner, that we remember all those who were killed, went missing or died, 

Archbishop says Croatia commemorating day when JNA destroyed Vukovar, Skabrnja

Celebrating Mass on the occasion of Vukovar Remembrance Day, Puljic said the occupying forces wanted to extinguish people's desire for freedom, 

Commemoration marking Vukovar Remembrance Day starts

After the commemoration outside the city hospital, its participants embarked on a 5.5 km walk to the Homeland War Memorial Cemetery 

Candles lit outside city hospital ahead of Vukovar Remembrance Day

Vukovar Remembrance Day is observed in memory of 18 November 1991 when the city's defence lines were broken after a three-month siege by the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA)

HDZ: We will care for impoverished Slavonia and Vukovar

We came to send a message that unlike Ostojic, we will care for this impoverished Slavonia and Vukovar