Thursday, 23 June 2022

Defence Minister Promises Further Strengthening Of Army Capabilities

ZAGREB, 23 June 2022 - Defence Minister Mario Banožić on Thursday during a working visit to the Croatian Navy at the "Admiral Sveto Letica-Barba" barracks in Split commented on the upcoming Defence Strategy of the Republic of Croatia and Long-Term Development Plan of the Croatian Armed Forces.

Thanking the members of the Croatian Navy (HRM) for impeccably carrying out their duties, the defence minister said that the Croatian government would continue to pursue a policy of strengthening the capabilities of the Croatian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defence (MORH) said.

He recalled that many measures had been adopted with regard to the improvement of the material rights and living and working conditions of soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers, and that since 2016 the salaries of active military personnel had been rising continuously every year, MORH said.

Banožić said that amendments to the law regulating the service in the Croatian Army introduced the first, two-year fixed-term, contract for sailors and soldiers and after that the next contract as permanent one.

"The new solution provides job safety and the possibility of life planning with all the rights related to permanent employment. In 2020 and 2021, 70 sailors were employed in this way," the defence minister said.

He also underscored significant investments in the Croatian Armed Forces, such as the procurement of multi-purpose fighter jets and the Black Hawk helicopters for the Croatia Air Force, Bradley fighting vehicles for the Croatian Ground Army, and the construction of patrol vessels for the Croatian Navy.

Patrol vessels will improve the ability to monitor and protect the rights and interests of Croatia at sea, the minister said.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

FINA World Championships: Croatia Beats Germany 13:9 in Game 2

June 23, 2022 - Croatia beats Germany in the 2nd round of the FINA World Championships in Hungary. 

Croatia and Germany met tonight in the 2nd round of the FINA World Championships played in Debrecen on Thursday night. 

After drawing against Greece, Croatia was hungry to get their first victory against a weaker national team. Recall, in the first round, Croatia and Greece finished 8:8, while Germany lost to Japan.

After the first round, Japan led the standings with two points, Croatia and Greece had one each, and Germany was without points. Greece and Japan play tonight at 19:30. 

A spot in the quarterfinals is won only by the winner of the group, while the second and third-placed teams play in the round of 16. 

Match Report 

1st quarter

Vrlic scored Croatia's first goal in the first 20 seconds of the match. Kharkov scored for 2:0 with 6:00 minutes left on the clock. Germany scored for 2:1 with 3:35 to go in the first quarter. Croatia captain Krapic made with 3:1 with 3:06 left and again for 4:1 with 1:15 on the clock. The first quarter ended 4:1 for Croatia. 

2nd quarter 

Fatovic scored his first goal of the World Champs with 7:00 to go on the clock in the 2nd quarter. It was 5:1 for Croatia. Zuvela scored his first goal of the match for 6:1 and 5:04 left. Fatovic scored for 7:1 with 3:17 left. Kragic scored for 8:1 with 0:58 left until halftime. Germany made it 8:2 with 0:25 left. The second quarter ended 8:2 for Croatia. 

3rd quarter

Germany won the sprint to open the 3rd quarter and scored for 8:3 in the first 30 seconds. Bukic scored for 9:3 with 5:56 left. Basic scored for 10:3 with 4:57 to go. Germany made it 10:4 with 4 minutes on the cock. The third quarter ended 10:4 for Croatia. 

4th quarter 

Croatia won the sprint in the final quarter. Germany scored for 10:5 with 5:55 left in the match and again for 10:6 with 4:02 left. Germany was just 3 goals behind with 3:07 left in the match - 10:7. Basic scored for 11:7 with 2:48 on the clock, but Germany scored again for 11:8 with 2:24 left. Another brilliant strike from Basic gave Croatia some peace in the final two minutes - 12:8. Buric made it 13:8 with just over a minute left. Germany was given a penalty with 0:35 on the clock and scored for 13:9. The match ended 13:9 for Croatia. 

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Croatia Logs 175 New COVID Cases, Four Deaths

ZAGREB, 23 June 2022 - Croatia has registered 175 new COVID-19 cases and four related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Thursday.

Currently, there are 2,770 active cases, and 210 patients in hospital treatment, including five patients on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus was confirmed in the country, COVID-19 has claimed 16,043 lives in Croatia.

As of 22 June 2022, 59.54% of the total population or 70.81% of the adult population has been vaccinated.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Four-Time Oscar Winner Joel Coen Opens 2nd Ponta Lopud Film Festival

ZAGREB, 23 June 2022 - The second edition of the Ponta Lopud Film Festival opened on the beach of the Hotel Lafodia on the island of Lopud, off Dubrovnik, on Wednesday evening with the screening of the Coen brothers' film Fargo.

The opening ceremony was attended by four-time American Academy Award winner Joel Coen, who has been making award-winning films with his brother Ethan for four decades.

Mr Coen said it is inspiring to see that the festival is built around a young generation of filmmakers. He will be holding a masterclass workshop for young talent from Croatia and the region and will be joined by four-time Oscar winning actress and producer Frances McDormand.

The festival's co-founder Mirsad Purivatra said that Ponta Lopud is a creative hub and place where people from the film industry meet and inspire each other, and watch and discuss films.

"This is not a competitive festival. This is about creativity, friendship and networking," Purivatra said.

In addition to Coen and McDormand, masterclass workshops will also be held by award-winning film producer Peter Spears, film agent Brian Swardstrom, and director and writer Juho Kuosmanen.

Over the six days, the festival will show eight evening film screenings and seven films in the Franciscan Monastery and the beach of the Hotel Lafodia.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Milanović Seeks EU Membership Candidate Status For Bosnia And Herzegovina

ZAGREB, 23 June 2022- Croatian President Zoran Milanović on Thursday again urged the European Union to grant membership candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday for a two-day summit to decide on the membership candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova, for which there is widespread support.

Milanović on Thursday requested the same status for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has Slovenian President Borut Pahor's strong support for this, and Austria has also joined the initiative.

"We have heard from all member states that Ukraine will get the candidate status, which is fine, but Ukraine, just like Moldova, has some huge problems," Milanović said.

"This is an opportunity to grant Bosnia and Herzegovina the candidate status, as an act of confidence and hope," the Croatian president said, adding that he could not see how anyone could be against it.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Germany Wants Western Balkans To Be Given Realistic Opportunity For EU Membership

ZAGREB, 23 June 2022- Germany wants the Western Balkan countries to be given a realistic opportunity to join the European Union, Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the press in Brussels on Thursday ahead of a meeting of EU and Western Balkan leaders. 

"The citizens in the Western Balkans have been waiting for almost 20 years for the opportunity to become members of the European Union. It is of utmost importance that this becomes a credible promise because the many efforts that these countries have undertaken must in the end actually lead to their admission," Scholz said.

The EU leaders are meeting their Western Balkan counterparts before their regular summit, which is expected to adopt a historic decision to grant membership candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova.

The EU leaders are expected to again express their full and unequivocal commitment to membership prospects for the  Western Balkan countries and call on them to speed up the accession process. 

Three EU member states have asked that Bosnia and Herzegovina also be granted candidate status, but there is no consensus on the matter, according to a high-level EU official knowledgeable about the preparation of the summit.

Croatia supports membership candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina and demands that the country's electoral law be amended to ensure equality for the Croats as the least numerous of the three constituent peoples.

One of the toughest issues facing the summit is efforts to remove Bulgaria's blockade of the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia. The Bulgarian government received a vote of no confidence on Wednesday, and there are indications that Sofia is willing to remove the blockade based on a French proposal. However, the question is whether North Macedonia will agree to it.

The French EU presidency has proposed a negotiating framework for North Macedonia that includes some of the Bulgarian demands.

Bulgaria has set as a condition for the removal of the blockade that the negotiating framework include issues relating to the common history, language and national identity of Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Albania, which is included in the same package as North Macedonia, said that it was a shame that NATO member Bulgaria should block two other NATO members, Albania and North Macedonia, in the middle of "a hot war in Europe's backyard" as 26 other EU member states displayed "frightening impotence".

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić commented on Croatia's remarks that Serbia could no longer sit in two chairs at the same time.

"Serbia is sitting in its own chair, and it is not the Croatian prime minister and president who will lead Serbian politics, but the citizens of Serbia through their leadership," Vučić said.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Second of Five Meteorological-Oceanographic Buoys Set up Near Palagruza

June the 23rd, 2022 - The second of a planned five meteorological-oceanographic buoys have has been set up near Palagruza as part of a much wider strategic Croatian project in the field of meteorology.

As Morski writes, last week, Plovput completed the installation of the second of five meteorological-oceanographic buoys at the pre-planned Palagruza site. The Palagruza buoy was anchored to a depth of 190 metres and the anchoring was done with two-part concrete blocks with a total weight of 30 tonnes.

The process surrounding the anchoring was performed using unique technology consisting of the controlled laying of the anchor blocks, developed within Plovput for the needs of this and all future similar projects.

The Palagruza buoy installation project is a strategic project of the Republic of Croatia in the field of meteorology, and is being implemented by the State Hydro-Meteorological Institute. They will provide very high-quality, reliable and timely data on the state of the atmosphere and the sea across the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia (www.meteo.hr).

All of the above represents a historic moment for the meteorology and oceanography of the Republic of Croatia and is an undoubted contribution to raising the level of navigation safety in the territorial sea of ​​the Republic of Croatia on the whole.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Novska Video Game Summer Camp on Offer to Children This Season

June the 23rd, 2022 - During the very height of this summer season, a brand new Novska video game summer camp will be on offer to children of all ages interested in getting better acquainted with this sort of technology which has put Novska firmly on the map.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Josipa Ban writes, this summer, elementary school students will also be able to get to better acquainted with the interesting world of video game making, thanks to the Pismo Business Incubator and their Novska video game summer camp for kids.

Over a period of two terms during the school summer holidays, students of the upper grades of primary schools will be able to learn to make their own video games during their seven days spent at the camp.

"We're aware of the fact that children spend most of their time in front of a computer playing video games during the summer holidays, so we decided to organise a camp and allow them to spend time in front of the screen learning to produce video games,'' the organisers explained.

The youngest children will be able to acquire new technological knowledge through two terms, from July the 3rd to the 7th, and then from August the 21st to the 28th. Additionally, for elementary school students who decide to take an active, educational holiday, the day will be filled with various activities.

“They will get acquainted with the top technologies boasted by the the Pismo Incubator, in the Social Innovation Incubator they will learn to record, edit and stream content, and in the stem workshops they'll be able to learn about microbits and robotics.

They will also ''programme'' nature, but without computers and mobile phones in the Dupin scout camp, and time is left for a full day trip to the Lonjsko polje Nature Park,'' announced Ivana Matanovic.

Ivan Celjak, Sisak-Moslavina County's prefect, pointed out that the gaming industry brings economic progress to the whole society. “That's why we're pleased with the number of 28 percent more newly opened companies in our county in 2021. Some of these 319 start-ups are gaming companies and that's why it's important to educate children from an early age. We're glad that in addition to more than 200 adults who were educated within Pismo, small game developers now have the opportunity to learn,'' pointed out Celjak when discussing the Novska video game summer camp.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Eight Must-Visit Croatian Castles, Fortress, and Citadels

June 23, 2022 - In this small guide to Croatian castles, fortresses, and citadels you will find some of the many walled wonders that you can explore in the country, to add a bit of history to your vacation.

It is well known why Croatia is one of the countries where HBO producers set their sights on adapting the acclaimed and popular Game of Thrones novel. Although Croatia is widely known for its Illyrian and Roman heritage thanks to its palaces and amphitheater, many of its castles and fortresses help to display a more medieval side of the country.  

For those who have a particular interest in the feudal and medieval history of Croatia, here we review some of the main Croatian castles, fortresses, and citadels that are worth visiting.

Pula Castle

The Pula Castle is a star-shaped castle with four bastions that was built in 1630 to protect the city and its harbor because of its great significance in maritime trade in the North Adriatic. The Venetians commissioned the building of the Castle to the French military architect Antoine de Ville. This was most probably the site of an earlier fortress dating from the pre-Roman and Roman periods. Today the Castle houses the Historical Museum of Istria.

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Image: Pula Tourist Board

Trsat Castle

The Trsat Castle served as a lookout on a hill 138 meters above sea level, now overlooking the city of Rijeka. It was mentioned as a parochial center for the first time in 1288. At this same site, there was a Liburnian observation post from prehistoric times, used for monitoring the roads leading from the hinterland to the coast. This location served well for the Romans to establish their defense system, the so-called Liburnian limes, whose starting point was the Tarsatica fortress town, located now in Rijeka's Old Town.

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Image: Rijeka Tourist Board

Dubovac Castle in Karlovac

The Dubovac castle is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful monuments of feudal architecture in Croatia. It was built on a hill above the Kupa river and was named after an oak that grows on the surrounding slopes. It changed owners throughout history, changing its appearance depending on current needs and fashion, and got its present appearance after a complete reconstruction in the mid-20th century. It is not known exactly when did construction begin, but books say that it was finished during the 13th century.

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Image: Karlovac Tourist Board

Trakošćan Castle

The Trakošćan castle was built at the end of the 13th century in the defense system of northwestern Croatia as a small observation post to monitor the road from Ptuj to the Bednjan valley. According to the legends, the Trakošćan castle got its name from the Thracian fortress, which allegedly existed in ancient times. Another surviving tradition says that it was named after the Drachenstein knights who ruled the area in the early Middle Ages. A museum with a permanent exhibition was founded in 1954.

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Image: Trakošćan

Varaždin's Old Town

Varaždin’s feudal fortress, known from ancient times as the Old Town, is undoubtedly the most significant historical building in the city. Unlike the royal free city that grew next to and around it, the fort was the heart of the noble estate, which was separate in terms of ownership and law. Disputes between its inhabitants with the citizens of Varaždin were frequent. The fort was built intermittently from the 14th to the 19th century, and its oldest part is the central tower adorned with Gothic benches and canopies, which is a rarity for this type of medieval plastic art in north Croatia.

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Photo: Mario Romulić

Medvedgrad in Zagreb

At the top of Medvednica, this picturesque medieval castle has been watching over Zagreb for eight centuries. It was built in 1254, after the catastrophic invasion of Tatars who had raided and devastated this area, burning and razing to the ground the two settlements which later became the city of Zagreb: the burgher’s Gradec and the bishop’s Kaptol. Even though magnificently fortified and always ready for battle, Medvedgrad was never attacked. In 2021, Medvedgrad was reopened to the public with a modern and interactive museum inside.

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Image: Zagreb Tourist Board

St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik

The fortress of St. Nicholas, located at the entrance to the Channel of St. Ante in Šibenik, is a unique Venetian fortification. It was built on the island of Ljuljevac, on the site of the former Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas, after whom it was named. The construction of the fortress, according to the project of the Venetian architect Gian Girolamo Sanmichelli, began in 1540 after the fall of the city of Skradin under Ottoman rule, when the Venetians had to strengthen the defense of Šibenik, its most important strategic port on the eastern Adriatic coast.

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Image: Šibenik Tourist Board

Klis Fortress

Klis fortress was built on an extraordinary strategic location separating the mountains of Mosor and Kozjak that allowed military and commercial control over the whole Klis valley and the area of Salona and Split. Because of its importance, Klis was often referred to as the key to Dalmatia and the heart of the medieval Croatian kingdom. It was built as a small stronghold by the Illyrian tribe Dalmatae, then became a royal castle during feudal and medieval times, and lastly served as a major source of defense against the Ottoman advance.

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Image: Jules Verne Times Two/Wikimedia Commons

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Zagreb Wild Boars Attack Dog, Hunters Agree to Meeting

June the 23rd, 2022 - It might not really be what one would really expect in a bustling capital city, but Zagreb wild boars which live in the surrounding hills have been getting closer and closer to the centre, and have now attacked a dog.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a reader of Index sent a disturbing video of a dog who had been sadly attacked by Zagreb wild boars and warned that the feral pigs were seen again between Mikulici and Bijenik. He stated that they also attacked a dachshund in some neglected cherry orchards. He also added that there are a lot of people walking dogs and letting them off their leads, which could lead to accidents happening. The disturbing video showed the extent of the injuries the dog suffered as a result of the violent attack.

Groups of Zagreb wild boars are getting braver when it comes to where they roam and are getting closer and closer to the city centre. ''A whole bunch of them walked across the road near the traffic lights. I'm afraid to leave the house because I don't know where I could come across a feral pig in the dark,'' said Djurdja Djuranec for Dnevnik Nova TV. That said, the problem isn't only fear, but also the fact that pigs destroy everything they come across, from flowers to fruit and vegetables, as well as the eggs of ground nesting birds.

Boar hunters are seeking an urgent meeting with Mayor Tomasevic

The number of calls to the Croatian Hunting Association has only increased. On a daily basis, people are calling them and reporting having seen wild boar wandering around. That's why the Alliance is asking for an urgent meeting with Zagreb Mayor Tomasevic to discuss the matter and how to handle it.

The president of the Croatian Hunting Association, Ivica Budor, says that they are asking for a meeting "so that we don't find ourselves in a situation where we have to explain why wild boars are walking along Medvednica, Mikulici and Maksimir today, and maybe tomorrow we'll be seeing them wandering around Zrinjevac". Who will be to blame then? asked Budor, who believes it's only a matter of time before these troublesome Zagreb wild boars reach the heart of the city centre. He believes there are wild boar litters in the city already.

City of Zagreb: We'll gladly receive hunters for a meeting

The City of Zagreb told Dnevnik Nova TV that they would fladly receive representatives of the Croatian Hunting Association for a meeting, adding that a game protection programme had been established and adopted in the urban part of Zagreb and was being successfully implemented.

Zagreb hunters think the exact opposite, that it isn't being implemented at all. Miljenko Kruc from the Hunting Association of the City of Zagreb said that these pigs seem adaptable and that no attack on humans has been recorded. That said, they ARE attacking pets and other animals. They're also carriers of the African swine fever virus to domestic pigs. But so far, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, no case of the disease has been recorded in Croatia.

The City of Zagreb has announced that these Zagreb wild boars that have been spotted in different parts of the city. They explained where they were spotted and what to do if you happen to come across them.

In the urban area of ​​the City of Zagreb, the wild boar is an occasional species of game that migrates daily to easily accessible food and water sources in urban areas, most often in summer-autumn, and in the dry season an additional reason may be access to water sources (Maksimir lakes, Jarun, the banks of the Sava river and various streams).

In this area, Zagreb wild boars, as well as other species of game, are treated in accordance with the Game Protection Programme for the City of Zagreb implemented by the Zagreb Zoo and the Hunting Association of the City of Zagreb.

In order to prevent damage from wildlife, the Wildlife Protection Programme prescribes the following measures: education and cooperation with landowners and users, the procurement of chemical, biological and biotechnical protective equipment and their free distribution to landowners and users at their request, the protection of crops and plantations with the expulsion of wildlife and using protective equipment and scarecrows, etc.

People have been advised that if they notice Zagreb wild boars or other game, they should not approach them and should move away. If they have dogs, they should be kept on their leashes so as to avoid confrontation with these notoriously poor-tempered creatures.

Any information from people who have had run ins with Zagreb wild boars, as well as additional information on handling wildlife and damage from wildlife in urban areas of the City of Zagreb can be given/obtained from the Zagreb Zoo at: 01 / 230-2198 or 091 / 6045-506, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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