Thursday, 4 August 2022

PM Issues Message for Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Thursday issued a message for Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day, marking the 27th anniversary of Operation Storm that ended the four years of Serb occupation of central and southern parts of Croatia.

On 5 August, "we commemorate the moments of national pride, glory and unity and remember the courage and determination of the Croatian defenders. We are immensely grateful to them because without their sacrifice there would not be a free and democratic Croatia," Plenković said.

"It is therefore our lasting obligation and responsibility to ensure a dignified status for the Croatian defenders, protect the dignity of the Homeland War, and strengthen and modernise the Croatian military and police," he added.

Plenković noted that in the worst days of aggression the Croatian people had demonstrated their resoluteness, unity and patriotism.

"Under the leadership of Franjo Tuđman and thanks to the courage of Croatian defenders, the Croatian people realised their millennial dream of their own free and democratic state. The statesmanship of the Croatian leadership at the time and the self-sacrifice of our defenders, soldiers and police officers, are a lasting inspiration to us in working for the benefit of Croatia and every Croatian," he said.

The prime minister also pointed out that this year marks the achievement of Croatian strategic goals.

"We have opened Pelješac Bridge, realising the dream of generations of connecting the Croatian territory. We are soon to become a member of the euro area, which will make our economy better protected and more resilient to future crises. Accession to the Schengen area will facilitate the movement of people and goods, exports of our products and the arrival of European tourists. With this deeper integration into the European Union we will join the circle of the most developed European countries, strengthen our sovereignty and increase our influence."

Plenković said that the government would continue to do all in its power to protect the citizens and the economy against any challenges and crises, and would take advantage of all the benefits of EU membership to ensure that the country continued moving forward. 

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Minnesota National Guard Commander on Official Visit to Croatia

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - Defence Minister Mario Banožić and the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, Admiral Robert Hranj, met in Zagreb on Thursday with the Commander of the Minnesota National Guard, Major General Shawn Manke, who is on an official visit to Croatia, the Defence Ministry said.

The strong bond and friendship between the armed forces of Croatia and the USA were underscored during the visit, especially cooperation with the National Guard, which has been ongoing for 26 years.

That cooperation in particular refers to the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter being put into operational use through the joint training of pilots and technicians, as well as the cooperation related to the  Bradley fighting vehicles.

Banožić and Manke confirmed the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries, which are particularly highlighted through the state cooperation program between Croatia's armed forces and the Minnesota National Guard.

"The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia welcomes every opportunity to strengthen bilateral and defence cooperation between our countries. The cooperation of the Croatian Army with the Minnesota National Guard is of great importance for us and in the context of a joint contribution to strengthening NATO's capabilities," said Banožić.

The two officials agreed that each NATO member state should continue to invest in strengthening the capabilities of its national armed forces. General Manke welcomed Croatia's decision to purchase the Bradley fighting vehicles and Black Hawk helicopters and commended Croatia's support to war-torn Ukraine.

"I am convinced that our future cooperation will result in significant progress and development of capabilities, thereby contributing not only to the strengthening of national but also regional and allied security," said Admiral Hranj.

He thanked General Manke for his efforts and the transfer of know-how and experience of the American National Guard.

It is my pleasure to discuss areas of future cooperation as well as further opportunities important for the development of the capabilities of the Croatian forces with the aim of strengthening national and allied capabilities, Manke said and added that he was glad to have the opportunity to participate in the commemoration of 5 August as a very important date in the recent history of the Croatian nation.

As part of his official visit, Manke visited the Croatian Air Force Command and the Croatian Army Command.

Defence cooperation with the US armed forces develops in various areas, and cooperation with the Minnesota National Guard has a special place. It is implemented through the State Partnership Program, which was launched with Croatia in June 1996.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Formula 1 Legend Nico Rosberg Takes Delivery of First Rimac Nevera (VIDEO)

August 4, 2022 - Croatia does not produce many cars, but when it does... Mate Rimac announced that Formula 1 legend Nico Rosberg has taken delivery of the first Rimac Nevera.

Twelve years ago, a young Croatian called Mate Rimac was driving a car that would not have looked out of place in the hit British TV show, Only Fools and Horses. But in contrast to Del and Rodney's attempts to achieve financial independence through a variety of get-rich-quick schemes, Rimac has been very focused on his project.

A project that has seen his company become Croatia's second unicorn, with investment from Porsche, Hyundai and more, including taking over the famous Bugatti brand.

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(Photo by Igor Kralj PIXSELL)

The flagship product of the company is the fastest electric hypercar in the world, the Rimac Nevera, which last week became the first car to cross the new Peljesac Bridge connecting independent Croatia for the  first time - Mate Rimac was the driver, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic the passenger.

A week is a long time in the Nevera story, and Rimac posted earlier on his Facebook page to announce the delivery of the first Rimac Nevera to a customer - none other than Formula One ace, Nico Rosberg:

Nevera #001 delivered! We are so much looking forward to see it on the streets of Monaco. We can't wait to see 149 more roll off the production line!

Rosberg seems to be delighted with his purchase.  A lovely video on his YouTube channel. 

I am not sure of the exact retail price of the Rimac Nevera, but it the Croatian car industry could shift a few more, I am sure the man from Peckham would declare:

"Billions, Rodney."

Congratulations to all involved, a global example of Croatian excellence. 

To follow Mate Rimac's journey, follow the dedicated TCN section on the progress of the Rimac story.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from Posao.hr (August 4, 2022)

July 30, 2022 - Looking for a job in Croatia? A new weekly feature on TCN, in partnership with leading job site agency, Posao.hr, who present a selection of weekly job listings.

How hard is it to find a job in Croatia, and what is on offer?

We spoke to Ines Bokan, director of leading jobs site Posao.hr, who kindly took the time for this excellent interview overview.  

Ines has kindly agreed to work with us on a new weekly feature on TCN - a weekly selection of 10 job listings, as chosen by Posao.hr.  Details and links to the job opportunities below in the third week of this feature.

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Posao.hr selected specially for you

WEEKLY SELECTION OF JOB LISTINGS

ISG Personalmanagement GmbH is looking for a Senior Accountant Adria (m/f) in Zagreb. If you have a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field and at least 5 years of experience this is a great opportunity for you. Apply byAug 26th by clicking this link.

Nutricius d.o.o. zapošljava Voditelja prodaje i marketinga (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Poslodavac nudi prepoznavanje i nagrađivanje kvalitetnog rada, inicijative i poduzetničkog duha te fiksna i stimulativna primanja na bazi ostvarenih rezultata. Više informacija dostupno je klikom na link, a natječaj je otvoren do 26.8.2022.

Strabag BRVZ d.o.o. is looking for an Application Packaging Engineer (m/f/d) in Zagreb. At Strabag, you can expect diverse and responsible tasks in a challengign environment, with a pleasant and open working atmosphere. Apply by Aug 14th via this link.

Globalna hrana d.o.o. / McDonald's zapošljava Supervizora/icu ljudskih potencijama (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Ako odlično poznajete radno zakonodavstvo, osnovne principe HR procesa i procesa zapošljavanja, oso je sjajan posao za vas! Više informacija dostupno je klikom na link ovdje, a prijaviti se možete do 10.8.2022.

VIP Digital d.o.o., poznatiji kao Sjeverni.info zapošljava Voditelja marketinga i prodaje oglasnog prostora (m/ž) na neodređeno radno vrijeme u Varaždinu. Svi su detalji dostupni na linku, a na oglas se možete prijaviti do 2.9.2022.

Zamax plin d.o.o. u potrazi je za Računovođom (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Poslodavac nudi rad na neodređeno s probnim rokom, mogućnost profesionalnog razvoja i rad u ugodnoj radnoj atmosferi. Natječaj je otvoren do 14.8.2022., a prijaviti se možete klikom na link.

Mamut Fortis d.o.o., poznatiji kao Arena bet & casino, zapošljava Senior Bookmakera (m/ž) u Zagrebu. Poslodavac nudi rad u dinamičnoj i poticajnoj radnoj sredini, kao i priliku za edukacijama. Više informacija dostupno je na linku, a prijave se zaprimaju do 16.8.2022.

Vienna Insurance Group AG is hiring an IFRS 17 Actuary (all genders) – focus on life insurance in Vienna, Austria. All the information about the position is available by clicking this link, and you can submit your application by Aug 20th.

Pfizer Inc. is looking for a Vaccines Key Account manager Croatia (m/f) in Zagreb. If you have at least one year of pharmaceutical experience, a valid driver's licence and a university degree in a relevant field, this is a great opportunity for you! Apply by Aug 26th via this link.

KTC d.d. zapošljava Voditelja poljoljekarne (m/ž) u Murskom Središću. Rok za prijavu je do 10.8.2022. a svi detalji dostupni su klikom na link ovdje.

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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Algebra International Summer School: Where Knowledge and Different Cultures Melt Together

August 4, 2022 - There are many reasons to visit Croatia this summer - meet the Algebra International Summer School.

Over the summer many students take (at least a temporary) break from studying and exams, seasonal jobs and enjoy more free time, some believe the summer sunshine is the perfect ingredient to get inspired and learn about new and interesting things.

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Almost a hundred students from all over the world decided to join Algebra's experts at the sixth edition of Algebra International Summer School from July 3 to 29. Students from France, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark, Canada, USA, Mexico and Brazil came to Croatia to learn all about the latest trends in the world of digital technologies.

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Apart from a new set of digital skills for their CV, the international environment was a unique benefit for students to develop soft skills of teamwork on the global market. In their free time, students had the opportunity to enjoy the sun, sea and other beauties of Croatia as a top European summer destination.

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Algebra's International Summer School consists of as many as seven courses with an additional course on Croatian language and culture. This year, students could choose between very different professional courses and expand their knowledge in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Data-Driven Storytelling, Management and Entrepreneurship for IT professionals, Mobile Application Development, Digital Marketing and Experimental Drawing. However, the lectures and content at the International Summer School are far from standard and usual. The students had the opportunity to upgrade their skills and knowledge and learn from professionals from leading Croatian and global companies in the field of digital technology, such as Bornifght, Degordian and Q Agency. In addition, they tested and demonstrated their own talents and capabilities. Students in the course of Experimental Drawing presented their talent and skills with their pop-up exhibition at the end of the second week of lectures on Algebra's new campus in Zagreb.

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The Summer School programme was made perfect by our spend a week in Zadar – one of the most beautiful cities on the Dalmatian coast, thanks to the cooperation with the University of Zadar. It doesn’t get better than attending courses with the backdrop of the most beautiful sunset in the world and spending free time at sunny beaches!

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The final week we were back to where it all began – Zagreb! Summertime is the perfect season to explore the capital of Croatia, with rich history and cool summer festivals, so the students were happy to get another chance to explore it.

As part of the Croatian language and culture course, students created a video diary (travelogue) of their trip to Croatia; in groups of three to five, they recorded educational videos about Croatia and what they experienced and learned. The memories they carry with them, we are sure, will permanently enrich their private and future business lives.

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It has been an amazing journey of knowledge, technology, travel and friendship. We are proud of all our Summer Schoolers who passed their courses and received final certificates.

See you / Mach's gut / Vi ses / Бувай / Até mais / Görüşürüz / довидување / - Vidimo se!

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You can learn more about the expanding syllabus of Algebra University College on the official website

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Thursday, 4 August 2022

American Policeman Working in Split Praises Country's Safety

August the 4th, 2022 - An American policeman working in Split temporarily as part of an exchange of officers the Croatian police have been involved in for years now has praised the sheer safety of the country when compared to his homeland.

As Jutarnji list/SD writes, for the first time this summer season, a police officer from the United States was placed to work temporarily here in Croatia. 30-year-old Jacob Bradley, an American policeman working in Split has been participating in international police cooperation as part of the "Safe Tourist Destination 2022" project.

Jacob has been a police officer for the past eleven years across the pond in America, and during his time he has worked in the migration and drugs department, as well as with the local community, according to a report from Slobodna Dalmacija. In addition to gaining more work experience by coming here, his comparison of police work here in Croatia compared to the USA was particularly interesting.

''Here it's completely different. When I'm patrolling, I don't have a weapon, I don't need it at all. In America, I don't go out in public without a bulletproof vest and a weapon on me. Here I just talk to people, they shake hands with us, and people are generally really happy to see us. Over in America, we deal with more violence and armed conflicts, and here I haven't even heard of such a thing, let alone participated in such an intervention,'' admitted Jacob. Participating in the arrest of a person in Croatia also left a special impression on him.

''Here the police say to someone: 'You need to come with us' and he goes without any resistance. Of course, that doesn't happen with absolutely everyone, but just looking at such a situation was incredible for me. This is a very safe place, one of the places I'd definitely visit with my family,'' the American policeman working in Split said with a smile. He will spend a total of two weeks in the City of Split. He has primarily been helping break down the language barrier between visitors from America and the local population or the police.

''It is however much easier for me to talk to Americans and I very quickly come to a solution to whatever the problem might be and we reach an understanding of what led to it. We're here to be there, to promote the fact that we're here and that Split is a great place to visit. There were several interventions, and the cause of some of them was just a misunderstanding,'' said the police officer from the USA, emphasising that he enjoyed his time spent here and plans to return next year.

The representative of the US Embassy, ​​Amy Davison, emphasised that they are very pleased to have become part of the programme that has been going on for seventeen years now.

''Our participation this year is a continuation of 30 years of cooperation with this country, so this is a very nice way to crown such an anniversary. Jacob told me that he learned a lot here, that's why this experience is valuable for him and we're extremely glad that this cooperation has come about,'' said Davison, adding that the American police officer is grateful for the welcome he had and that he was very well received. Jacob can safely say that Split is his absolute favourite city in all of Croatia.

In addition to this American policeman working in Split, t's worth noting that there are currently 20 officers from ten different countries of the world working on the territory of the Split-Dalmatia County police department at this moment in time, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

''For us, all their previous experiences are a confirmation that the project is well thought out and that it will be realised this year as well, in a way that gives us the optimum utilisation of what we have planned. They help us build, confirm and maintain the image of Croatia as a safe destination, and this is exactly the goal of this project,'' concluded Slobodan Marendic, head of the Split-Dalmatia police department.

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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Croatia Must Upgrade Gas Pipeline to Strengthen Energy Security

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - Croatia must help strengthen energy security by upgrading its gas pipeline, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with the Jutarnji List daily, published on Thursday.

Energy and the issue of secure and reliable energy supply in the context of the Ukraine war and sanctions against Russia is currently the main topic probably in all EU member countries.

After the global financial crisis and the health crisis caused by coronavirus, the energy security crisis is a new test for the EU's internal strength and resilience, with crucial decisions in dealing with that crisis being expected from the European Commission.

In the interview with Jutarnji List, von der Leyen spoke about what the EC was doing and planned to do to alleviate the impact of the crisis on citizens' living standards and competitiveness of the business sector as well as Croatia's role.

Asked what should be done to prevent the crisis from causing irreparable damage to the EU economy and way of life, von der Leyen said that short-term as well as medium and long-term measures were being implemented.

As for short-term measures, which concern preparations for the coming winter, EU member-states on 26 July reached agreement to coordinate action to reduce gas demand at the EU level in a bid to remove Russia's threat of a complete cessation of gas supply.

EU countries' assuming a common obligation to cut gas demand by 15% is an exceptionally important part of the agreement as it will help the EU replenish stockpiles before the winter and help stabilise the market, von der Leyen said.

She noted that the agreement would also help create a safety net for each member state, thus enabling the full implementation of the principle of energy solidarity that is part of EU treaties.

We are determined to resolve the issue of energy security at the EU level, she said.

EU countries understand that their economies are so much interconnected that any disruption of supply in one country would have detrimental effects on the whole EU economy, which is why it is important for all EU countries to reduce demand, increase stockpiles and be ready to share gas with other members, von der Leyen said.

As part of the European Green Deal we have taken care that everyone benefits from transition to renewable sources of energy, which includes support from the proposed Social Climate Fund, designed for vulnerable consumers, von der Leyen said in the interview.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

HND and SNH Concerned over Mass Dismissals at Una TV

ZAGREB, 3 August, 2022 - The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) and the Croatian Journalists' Union (SNH) have expressed regret over mass dismissals of reporters, camera operators, sound engineers, producers and other workers at the Zagreb office of Una Television.

"We share the concern for the livelihoods of about thirty of our colleagues, all well-respected media workers who have not breached any professional standards in their work," the two organisations said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Announced as a major regional project based in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Una TV started operating last December. However, it is not broadcasting in Croatia because the management has failed to sign an agreement with any of the telecommunications operators.

The management has told the public that they had several meetings with the HT and A1 operators, but despite verbal promises, no deal was reached.

Una TV has been issued a broadcasting licence by the Croatian Electronic Media Agency, which indicates that there are no obstacles to its operation in Croatia.

Although the two telecommunications companies are privately owned and need not explain their business decisions, the HND and SNH believe that they should take into account the fact that journalism is a public good and that there is a justified public interest for the media content which for some reason citizens cannot consume. They said that they will ask HT and A1 to explain why Una TV cannot broadcast news programmes on their platforms despite the licence from the Electronic Media Agency.

Una TV is colloquially called "Dodik's television" because its ownership is tied to Igor Dodik, the son of Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik. Our colleagues should not suffer the consequences of the publisher's ownership structure. The only interest of the HND and SNH is in preserving jobs, because Una TV has been present in Croatia for nearly a year now, paying taxes, the HND and SNH said.

Thursday, 4 August 2022

General Government Debt Exceeds HRK 356 bn

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - The general government debt at the end of April 2022 was HRK 356.1 billion, 18 billion or 5.3% more than in April 2021, show data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB) while analysts of Raiffeisenbank (RBA) expect the debt to continue growing due to growing needs for financing.

The year-on-year increase in the general government debt is due to an increase in both domestic and foreign debt, with domestic debt going up by HRK 7.6 billion or 3.5% compared to the end of April 2021 to HRK 225.9 billion, while foreign debt increased by HRK 10.4 billion or 8.7% to HRK 130.1 billion.

Foreign debt growth was due to a euro bond issue on the international financial market in April, in the total nominal amount of €1.25 billion.  

The general government debt consequently rose also month-on-month, by HRK 13.55 billion.

RBA analysts say that considering that the euro bond issue was used to refinance a euro bond due on 30 May 2022, a decrease was expected already in data for May.

Year-on-year, however, they expect the general government debt to continue growing due to growing needs for financing, primarily due to trade unions' demands for higher pay in the context of growing inflation, as well as due to fiscal measures designed to alleviate the impact of rising prices on consumers and the business sector.

"Nonetheless, the continuation of economic recovery will keep the debt-to-GDP ratio moving downward this year and in the years ahead. Even though fiscal risks are growing, we expect the general government deficit to stay at 3% of GDP," the analysts said.

The Croatian government expects the share of public debt in GDP this year to be at 76.2%, which is 3.6 percentage points less than in 2021.

(€1 = HRK 7.513581)

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Number of Outdoor Space Fires Higher than in 2021

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - The number of outdoor space fires in the first seven months of 2022 was 46% higher than in the same period of 2021 while the number of wildfires was up by 70%, the Croatian Firefighters Association said on Thursday.

The area consumed by fires in the first seven months of 2021 was 16,153 hectares while in 2022, 51,962 hectares of land have already been consumed by fires, an increase of as much as 221%. Last year, 8,833 fires were reported while this year there have been 11,323 fires so far, an increase of almost 30%.

The number of persons injured or killed in fires has increased this year compared to 2021 - last year there were 16 fatalities and this year there have been 25 fire victims, including a fireman.

The number of persons injured in fires has grown by 42%, from 77 in 2021 to as many as 110 this year.

Last year 15 firefighters were injured while putting out fires, while this year 10 were injured in the first seven months.

The number of times firefighting planes were used to help firefighters in the first seven months of this year was 30% higher than last year and this year Croatian firefighting forces have also helped out their colleagues in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This year increases have been reported in all categories except indoor fires, the Croatian Firefighting Association said, calling on citizens to act responsibly as the current period of very high temperatures without precipitation is continuing and the fire risk index is very high.

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