Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Mayor: Zagreb Acted in Line with Law Choosing Bio-Waste Recovery Company

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that due to the lack of a composting plant for organic waste the city was forced to sign contracts with private companies providing those services, adding that in the case of the Ce-za-r company, the city acted in line with the law.

Following a public tender, a year-long contract for the recovery of organic waste was signed with Ce-za-r, which is part of the CIOS Group, owned by businessman Petar Pripuz, which made the most favourable offer, he said.

"I have said on a number of occasions that we will act in line with the law if their documents are clean, and we have done so. The city's decision was made in line with the law, the tentative contract has been signed for a period of one year and it provides a solution until the city gets its own composting plant," Tomašević told a news conference.

He said that the city planned the construction of a composting plant and that it was considering more favourable financial options as well as the possibility of financing the project with EU funds.

On the other hand, the city can manage its bulky waste and while it is waiting for two purchased bulky waste crushers to arrive, a procedure has been underway to obtain permits for the operation of two leased crushers. We will show soon that city-owned companies can fully do that job on their own, as announced, the mayor said.

Tomašević said that a project designed to increase the number of renewable energy sources in the city would be forwarded to the City Assembly for its next session.

"The purpose is to install solar panels on public buildings' roofs and help owners of private properties do so as well, so that in the next three years we could achieve a capacity of 50 MW of integrated solar power plants in the city. The project will activate private investments worth HRK 300 million, not including VAT, and result in 50,000 megawatt hours of energy free of carbon dioxide emissions," Tomašević said.

Commenting on media reports according to which the amount of scholarships for students with disabilities would be reduced, Deputy Mayor Danijela Dolenec said that the amount would not change and would stay at HRK 2,700 for high school students and HRK 3,800 for university students.

The purpose of the planned changes, which were given up on following public consultation, was to increase the number of beneficiaries, thus providing access to education with scholarships for a larger number of students, with a lower amount of scholarships, she said.

Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet welcomed the adoption of the new Reconstruction Act which brings changes in financing the reconstruction process and makes it faster, stressing that mobile teams had been on the ground since July and had since visited owners of 4,435 properties in Zagreb, of which 1,088 required full reconstruction while 1,347 required partial reconstruction.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 1,741 New Cases, 21 Deaths, 1,125 Recoveries

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, Croatia has conducted 8,862 coronavirus tests and of them, 1,741 have been positive (19.6%), the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Tuesday.

There are currently 9,894 active cases, including 947 hospitalised patients, and of them 128 are placed on ventilators.

In the last 24 hours, 21 COVID patients have died, raising the COVID-related death toll to 8,928.

Since 25 February 2020 when Croatia registered it first case of the infection with the novel virus, over 2.98 million tests have been conducted showing that 429,974 persons have caught the virus. Of them, 411,152 have recovered, including 1,125 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

To date, over 3.52 million vaccine doses have been administered, and 52% of the adult population have fully been vaccinated.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Opposition MPs Call for Lower Excise Tax, Fuel Caps Not the Answer

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Deputies of opposition parliamentary parties said on Tuesday that the government's decision to cap the retail prices of fuels was a bad move that affected the supply and demand and consequently could lead to market disruptions, and they called for reducing lowering excise duties on fuels.

Stephen Nikola Bartulica of the Homeland Movement party's parliamentary bench criticised the government's measures as being frequently a cause of the problem rather than being a solution.

He wondered why other governments in the EU had not resorted to that measure.

Last week, the government passed a decree limiting the retail price of petrol to HRK 11.10 (€1.48) per litre and the price of diesel to HRK 11.00 (€1.46) per litre for the next 30 days. On that occasion, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that the government had decided "to make use of the option to stabilise petrol and diesel prices over the next 30 days based on the Petroleum and Petroleum Products Market Act."

Siniša Hajdaš Dončić of the SDP club and Marijana Puljak of the Centre and GLAS club urged the government to reduce the excise taxes on the fuels.

Miro Totgergeli of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said that the accusations from the Opposition that the government did nothing to prevent inflation was an attempt to sow panic in the public.

He underscored that household gas and electricity prices would remain unchanged until next spring.

Commenting on the temporary fuel price capping he said that this move brought about peace and stability in the business sector.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Opposition Insists Nominated HRT Director-General in Conflict of Interest

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - At the start of the parliamentary debate on the appointment of nominee Robert Šveb as the new director-general on Tuesday morning, several deputies of Opposition parties reiterated that the procedure of the appointment had been contaminated and that the candidate was in the conflict of interest.

Nino Raspudić from MOST said in his ironic comment that the former HRT director-general, Kazimir Bačić, who was released from custody after he was detained in late June on suspicion of corruption and influence peddling, should not worry as Šveb "is worthy of his predecessor".

Katarina Peović of the Workers' Front said that Šveb's appointment "is an act of the private interests hacking the public ones."

She said that Šveb was in the conflict of interest as he was a co-owner of a company whose interest was to be a direct competition to the HRT. She said that there were rumours that possibly he sold software programmes for HRT translators through another company.

Hrvoje Zekanović of the Sovereignists party said that Šveb should not be appointed, however he told other Opposition MPs that his party's deputies did not intend to join them "in a circus" referring to the behaviour of some Opposition MPs who had lined up in front of the rostrum forcing the presiding chair to suspend the parliament's session last week.

"We are the Opposition and we will try to topple the government of the HDZ and the SDSS but we are not for behaving like in a circus, we want to preserve the dignity of the parliament," said Zekanović.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Ex-HRT Director-General, Suspected of Graft, Released from Custody

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - A former director-general of the HRT public broadcaster, Kazimir Bačić, was released from custody on Monday evening, his lawyers said on Tuesday morning.

Bačić was arrested on suspicion of graft and influence peddling in late June, and in mid-July he was relieved of his duties as Director-General of the HRT public broadcasting service by 116 to two votes.

USKOK corruption investigators suspect that Bačić, acting on behalf of businessman Milan Lončarić, took €50,000 in a bribe to the late Zagreb mayor Milan Bandić for the Gardens of Light project. As a reward for his role Bačić is believed to have been given an apartment worth HRK 1 million (€133,300) in central Zagreb.

According to lawyer Nikola Mandić, his client will return to the HRT where he will probably work as an engineer in the HRT technical department where he had also worked before being appointed the broadcaster's director-general.

Bačić thus appeared in the HRT building on Tuesday morning while the parliament was discussing the appointment of new HRT director-general, and Robert Šveb has been nominated for this post.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Grlić Radman: Croatia has Support for Stance on BiH and W. Balkans

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Croatia has received support from a large number of EU member states for its position that it is necessary to conduct an election legislation reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to eliminate all kinds of discrimination, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Monday.

"I received support from a large number of EU member states," Grlić Radman said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

The ministers discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and the European prospects of that area.

Grlić Radman said that he had expressed concern about the situation in the region and in BiH due to the blockade of institutions and absence of a consensus to change election legislation that would remove all inequalities and discrimination that have been existing and thus enable all the three constituent peoples to exercise the same rights according to the Dayton peace accord.

"That can be achieved if political leaders in BiH truly agree and this appeal is directed to them to cease paralysing institutions and to resume negotiations and come to an agreement," underscored Grlić Radman, adding that he had received a lot of support for that stance.

"Croatia shares the longest border with Bosnia and Herzegovina is the most qualified to speak about that because it has direct experience and our position has received a good response," he added.

Grlić Radman expressed concern over the incidents in Montenegro and recent unrest on the border between Serbia and Kosovo.

"I received support from the EU, that it is necessary to dedicate more attention to that part of Europe. Conflicts in that area 30 years ago are a warning that that must not  recur. The EU has to dedicate more attention with regard to the influence of third countries and pay more attention to the European prospects of those countries," concluded Minister Grlić Radman.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Coric: Much Higher Fuel Prices Without Government Intervention

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić wrote on Twitter on Monday evening that due to the continued rise in oil prices we would have seen a hike in fuel prices at petrol stations if the government hadn't decided to temporarily cap fuel prices last week.

"Oil prices have continued to rise and if the government hadn't intervened, tomorrow we would be witnessing a significant price rise. According to calculations, compared with the price set by the decree, the price of Eurodizel would be higher by HRK 0.63, of Eurosuper 95 by HRK 0.39, while the price of Eurosuper 100 would exceed HRK 12 per litre," Ćorić wrote.

He also said that current data indicated that the global market should stabilise by the end of the year, "and we continue monitoring the prices and trends on the oil market and will soon be using all available mechanisms to alleviate the pressures on the economy and citizens' standard".

Last Thursday, the government passed a decree limiting the retail price of petrol, including Eurosuper BS 95, Eurosuper BS 98 and Eurosuper BS 100, to HRK 11.10 (€1.48) per litre and the price of diesel, Eurodizel BS, to HRK 11.00 (€1.46) per litre for the next 30 days. The decision was based on Article 9 of the Petroleum and Petroleum Products Market Act.

That article states that the government can pass a decree limiting the retail price of petroleum products for an uninterrupted period of up to 90 days in order to protect consumer or for other justified reasons.

Last week, oil prices on the London market rose for the sixth consecutive week, and they also continued to grow on Monday, reaching a new record high in three years.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Hidden Dalmatia: Baško Polje - Forgotten Paradise of Yugoslavia Holidays

October 19, 2021 – TCN was taken on a tour of Camp Resort Baško Polje, the Children's Village near Promajna and Krvavica Military Children's Health Resort – each of these intriguing places had vastly different former lives in Yugoslavia.

In the days of Yugoslavia, some of the very best locations on the country's Adriatic coast were reserved for military hotels, resorts and other state-run enterprises. Among the best known are perhaps Brijuni, now site of a National Park and the vast Kupari near Dubrovnik, which was damaged in the war, looted and abandoned. But, they are not the only ones.

dfvgbDJI_0561.jpgFrom above, Camp Resort Baško Polje © Vice Rudan Photography

In a very short stretch of central Dalmatia - just three and a half kilometres, between Krvavica and Baško Polje - lie three of the most intriguing. They are former military resort, Camp Baško Polje, the Children's Village near Promajna and Krvavica Military Children's Health Resort.

Today, each of these places has a very different future prospect. But, they each share incredibly different former lives. They remain fixed within the memory of many thousands of people. And they are ready to be discovered by a whole new generation.

244317044_6302459256491472_9155132798305481358_n.jpgThe pine forest in Baško Polje stretches from the sea to Biokovo mountain © Marc Rowlands

Total Croatia News took a tour of these unique places in the company of Makarska-based creatives and travel bloggers Ela and Olya of Nifty Nomads (here). One of the recurring themes on their multi-platform excursions is the exploration of hidden or abandoned places in Croatia.

“I am primarily a product designer, so I'm quite invested in architecture and aesthetics,” says Olya. “Abandoned places always give you different stories. When something is finished, wholly functional, it already has its narrative. It is complete. But, with abandoned or unknown places, you have so much more mystery – to find out what came before, or simply to let your imagination run free.”

Children's Village near Promajna

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Built in 1958, the Children's Village near Promajna was something of an international project. Since 1949, rivaling factions within the Communist system of neighbouring Hungary produced a building momentum of unrest. Then, in 1956, revolution broke out. Many people were displaced.

Partially built with aid from the Swedish government, the Children's Village near Promajna was initially designed for the needs of Hungarian refugee children. But, by the time the project was completed, the Soviet Union had brutally quashed Hungary's revolutionary government and installed a regime that was loyal to Moscow. That was that. With the crisis unequivocally concluded, it was decided the village would instead serve the needs of children from across the socialist federation of Yugoslavia. Among its first residents were children from Vojvodina and Slovenia.


Section of a TV documentary, showing how the Children's Village once looked

The capacity of the village was designated as 500 children in the summer months. In the winter period, 120 full-time child residents were accommodated. In keeping with its original international intentions, besides domestic children, children from other countries like Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Germany were accepted.

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The Mediterranean climate here is warm year-round, with many sunny days, even in winter. Forceful winds regularly clear the sea air. The scent of pines is overwhelming. Even in the village's current state of abandonment, you can tell how such a place would be restorative for children.

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The village welcomed child residents for over 30 years. But, with the outbreak of war in 1991, it was repurposed. The village was used to house refugees, largely from Bosnia and Slavonia. “My mother worked here during that time,” says Ela. “She remembers refugees being here until 2006.” Thereafter, the Children's Village near Promajna was left abandoned.

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The 68 thousand square metre site is currently for sale.

Krvavica Military Children's Health Resort

12719262_910411305702999_3103125290541724730_o-1024x540dfgvbh.jpgFrom above, the Military Children's Health Resort in Krvavica © Slumbering Concrete series (produced by Hulahop for Croatian Radiotelevision)

The Military Children's Health Resort in Krvavica is visible from the Adriatic highway. It is a striking sight, a unique piece of architecture. Sitting just above the treetops, it looks like a flying saucer has just landed atop the pine forest.

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Built in 1964 to the design of Split architect Rikard Marasović, the building is actually much more functional than its sci-fi appearance might suggest. Yes, the design is uncompromisingly modern. But, as with most Socialist architecture, it is functional. The building specifically 'floats' in the trees. It was designed for the treatment and rehabilitation of children with respiratory diseases who had families in the military.

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After around a decade, the site was repurposed. In summer months, it functioned more like a military tourist resort. Outside of the tourist season, it reverted somewhat nearer to its original intent. It welcomed people with special needs, low-income workers and elementary school students in recreational classes. It existed in such a way until war broke out.

At the time of the Yugoslav People's Army departure from the site in 1991, the building was undamaged. Indeed, during the war, 1991-1995, it was used to accommodate refugees, the wounded, and to train special military units. In the early 2000s, the building was demilitarised and passed from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence into the hands of an alternate state entity. They held a large portfolio of property that was intended to be purposed for tourism. However, this proved to be a difficult task and some sections of the property portfolio were simply ignored and left to rot. Sadly, Rikard Marasović's floating masterpiece was among them.

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Though lamentable, the building's demise is perhaps understandable. As a stand-alone piece of architecture, Krvavica Military Children's Health Resort is undeniably remarkable. But, as previously noted, it was designed for a very specific purpose. Finding an alternate, modern and commercial use for such a building might not be the easiest of tasks. At least, not without compromising some of the building's integrity.

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There is general agreement that the building's continuing decomposition is a bad thing. Previously, it had been suggested the building be torn down to make way for a viable tourist project. However, local design and architect enthusiasts remain incredibly protective of the building. In 2012, the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture in Split succeeded in designating the building as a cultural asset, thus affording it some protection. Although, that doesn't actually safeguard the space from further decay.

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“Sometimes we use this as a background for photo shoots, in particular for fashion editorials,” says Ela. Certainly, the graffiti that covers the walls is eye-catching and colourful. “It has also been used as a background for dance choreography. But, for the most part, when people come here now, it's just to explore and maybe take photographs.”

Baško Polje Military Resort

frfghbnDJI_0537.jpgFormerly a military resort, now Camp Resort Baško Polje © Vice Rudan Photography

Of the three sites, the camp at Baško Polje is the most spectacular and optimistic to visit. Formerly a military resort, the camp has functioned continuously for over four decades and thus avoided the sad, forgotten fate of the other two. On the contrary, the pine forest of Baško Polje is full of life.

rfgbhIMG_3166.jpgIncredibly clear waters of the beach at Camp Resort Baško Polje © Vice Rudan Photography

Yugoslavia's military resorts sound like a great opportunity for affordable holidays. Well, if you were in the military, that is. However, the reality is frequently remembered differently to the ideal. Military personnel had to apply for vacations in such resorts. Former servicemen recall holiday places at Baško Polje Military Resort being very difficult to get. Unless you were well connected.

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The resort was accessible to non-military visitors. Although, there was a two-tiered pricing system. By showing their identification, military guests would get a discount on coffee, ice cream or beer. During and after the last war, the popular resort hosted refugees from Bosnia and Slavonia. After fulfilling that obligation, it once again began welcoming guests.

fghnjmkIMG_3168.jpgContemporary guests rediscovering Baško Polje © Vice Rudan Photography

But, for many years, Baško Polje remained under the control of the same state entity that held the Military Children's Health Resort in Krvavica. It incurred a huge amount of debt and its management was complicated and outdated. Baško Polje also suffered from a serious lack of investment and modernisation. However, that story begins to change with the resort sale in 2018.

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“What's so amazing about Baško Polje is the space,” says Olya. “It's totally the opposite of anything that gets built on the coast now.” She's right.

243460837_6302451726492225_1053023991475877785_n.jpgSo much space © Marc Rowlands

The Baško Polje resort is spread generously over roughly 270 thousand square metres (27 hectares) of pine forest. This thick, dense forest stretches all the way from the foothills of Biokovo mountain – specifically, the southern portal of the St. Elijah tunnel - to the sea. It is vast.

fgbhnDJI_0580.jpgCamp Resort Baško Polje is dwarfed by the surrounding pine forest © Vice Rudan Photography

Hidden within the forest is the Hotel Alem. Holding 612 beds, it currently has two stars. The main hotel building has 99 double rooms and 9 double suites over 3 floors. A further 99 renovated rooms are found in 3 annexe buildings. Each are named after an area of natural beauty in Croatia.

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Away from the main accommodation, reception and administration buildings, there are villas, a beach restaurant, a small bakery and a store. There are 600 campsite pitches stretching into the forest. And, there you can find many modern mobile homes.

243863101_6302438539826877_119559823193809698_n.jpgOutdoor cinema © Marc Rowlands

The old outdoor cinema that used to entertain guests here is long since abandoned. And the indoor pool is currently not in use. But, that may change in the near future.

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New owners Jadran Hotels and Camps envisage something very different here. Following years of underinvestment, they plan a gradual but complete overhaul of the site. Eventually, their hotel here will hold 5-stars. It will replace some of the existing structures, so as not to damage the site's number one asset – the incredible pine forest.

244017014_6302742956463102_4495608928721280474_n.jpgA cycling extravaganza - the shoreline path runs almost 10 kilometres, from Krvavica to Brela © Marc Rowlands

Truly, the scent of pines here is overwhelming. As is the silence. At night, no sound other than insects in the trees is discernable. By day, guests make their way down to the generous beach area. There's so much of it, room enough for everyone.

rftghbnjIMG_3171.jpgA huge expanse of beach at Camp Resort Baško Polje, with room enough for everyone © Vice Rudan Photography

Well into autumn you'll find visitors here. The forest is ideal for walking. The gentle slope from the foothills to the sea is also perfect for mountain bikes or off-road motorbikes. The shoreline path runs all the way from Brela to Krvavica. To those who already come, it is already a pristine paradise. In forthcoming years, it may attain a fame comparable to the one it held in Yugoslavia.

IMG_20210927_162856_1iuygfdf.jpgOff-road motorbikes, by the beach in Baško Polje © Marc Rowlands

Both the author and Total Croatia News would like to thank Vice Rudan Photography (here) for the kind permission to use their photography.

On these links you can read the other features in our Hidden Dalmatia series:

Drniš - Drniški Pršut and Meštrović Roots

Soparnik - 100% Authentic Croatian Food

The Fantastic Food of the Cetina River

Incredible and Mysterious 10 Rajcica Wells near Klis

Wild Rides on the Cetina River

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Greenpeace Activists Spray "Climate Killer" on Krk LNG Terminal

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Greenpeace activists on Monday held a performance at the site of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Omišalj on the island of Krk where they sprayed the message "Climate Killer".

Petra Andrić of Greenpeace Croatia informed the press of this action.

Greenpeace CEE activists onboard inflatable boats reached the terminal and painted "CLIMATE KILLER!" across the side of the LNG offshore terminal on the island of Krk in Croatia, the NGO also tweeted.

Andrić said that the protest, organised by the Greenpeace activists from central and eastern Europe, was peaceful.

Apart from the national context, also the European one is important, and the environmental organisation tweeted that this action "is a call to EU leaders to move away from fossil gas!".

Andrić said that the activists urged the Croatian government to cease implementing further projects and investments in gas and other fossil fuel infrastructure and redirect those funds into the renewables, primarily into the solar energy resources Croatia abounds with.

The action in Omišalj completed the campaign organised by the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise vessel in Croatia over the few past days in Croatia.

On Saturday, Greenpeace activists held a news conference in the northern Adriatic port of Rijeka, warning that INA's gas platform Ivana D, which sank into the sea a year ago, was still in the Adriatic.

The Greenpeace boat Arctic Sunrise visited Rijeka again after eight years and over the weekend, the activists collected signatures for a petition by the European Citizens' Initiative seeking an EU ban on fossil fuel advertisements and related sponsorships.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Imotski Apartments Prove Hit, Reservations for Next Summer Already Coming

October the 19th, 2021 - When most of us who live in Croatia think of Imotski, we tend not to think of tourism and foreign tourists arriving en masse. The image of this inland Dalmatian destination, however, is gradually altering as foreign visitors discover the hinterland and all of its wonder a stone's throw away from the coast. Imotski apartments have done exceptionally well, prices have increased and reservations for summer 2022 are already coming in.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, yet another tourist season marked by the coronavirus pandemic has passed us by, and for the Imotski region it was especially lucrative, because their 2.5 thousand beds were more or less all filled.

Namely, after a successful tourist season, most of the 384 owners of luxury holiday homes with swimming pools in Imotski are satisfied. Imotski will, this year for the first time in history, record as many as 100 thousand overnight stays, four thousand more than back in pre-pandemic in 2019 when staying in private Imotski apartments with pools and amazing views was nowhere near as popular as simply heading straight for the coast.

"We had a great peak of the season and we also did well in September, but the pre-season was a non-starter and that's why we're still behind that year. This year in the Dalmatian hinterland was marked mainly by guests from Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Austria.

Reservations came in at the last minute, and 2022 already shows that it will be different and the competition will end up being much stronger. That's why marketing will be very important to us, which will be done during the winter, because the market needs to be reached with quality messages,'' said Ana Marija Paleka, head of the Novasol office for Slobodna Dalmacija.

Everyone involved in the home and private apartment rental business agrees that there has been a lot of thoughts being put into and around pricing formation this year, so some have significantly lowered their prices in fear of vacant properties, while others have increased them significantly as demand has visibly and in some cases quite rapidly grown.

"All this is logical because we went through the night from despair to euphoria, or from 50 euros to 300 euros per night in the same building. No one expected such interest at once and not everyone coped equally in it. It's really important that we keep the quality up. People should be prudent and careful in thinking about business for 2022, because there can be surprises. We're entering a normal year with strong competition and not everything will be like this year was,'' warned Boris Zgomba, President of the Association of Agencies at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

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