Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Šibenik Police Detain 2 People for Attack on Reporter Maja Sever

ZAGREB, 2 August, 2022 - Šibenik-Knin County police have brought in two people for questioning in connection with an incident on the island of Tijat, where, according to the media, HRT reporter Maja Sever was attacked on Monday while photographing the usurpation of the shore and the public property.

The police said a criminal investigation is underway, and two people have been brought in to establish the circumstances, after which the public will be informed accordingly.

On Monday, a reporter for the national HRT broadcaster, Maja Sever, accompanied by Judge Sandra Artuković, went to see if the Spirito restaurant on the island of Tijat was open. The restaurant was recently closed by the state inspectorate because it did not meet the minimum technical requirements. According to witnesses, the two women were attacked by the restaurant's owner, who seized a cell phone and threw it away.

Sever said that after she called the police they told the owner that that was a public area and that no one could stop them from taking photos.

"I didn't take anyone's photo but of the beach. I wasn't on any assignment," explained Sever.

According to the media, the restaurant owner believes that the cove where the restaurant is located is theirs, even though there is no proof of that in the land records.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

More Fires Near Sibenik, Roads Closed, 3 Canadairs in Action

August 2, 2022 - More fires near Sibenik, with roads closes and 3 Canadairs providing aerial firefighting support.

As reported by Index.hr, with live updates:

More fires near Šibenik, closed guide ring road, 3 canards arrived

A LITTLE before noon, several fires broke out in the wider Šibenik area. It is burning on the highway at the turn for Jadrija (there are two fires there) and in Dubrava in the direction of the Podi industrial zone. Canadians arrived to help.

2 minutes ago

Police: Journalists are asked not to try to pass the roadblocks
"Three fires are currently active in the area of ​​the Šibenik-Knin County, two of which are in the area of ​​the Vodice ring road at the turns towards Jadrija and Srima. The third fire is in the area of ​​Dubrava.

Due to the work of the firefighters, the following roads are currently closed:

Section D-8 (Adriatic highway) from the turn onto the Benkovac road to the end of the Vodice ring road

Podi-Dubrava section.

Journalists who are in the vicinity of the fire are asked not to try to pass by the roadblocks," the police reported.

21 minutes ago

Three Canadair fire-fighting plans have arrived

As we learned from Vodice firefighters, three Canadairs have arrived to help them a few minutes before 1 p.m., and all available firefighting forces are on the ground.

So far, it is not close to buildings, except for a couple of agricultural houses, they added.

You can't go to Šibenik from Vodice, they say.

"Within 5 minutes, it started burning in three places," the firefighters told us. Two fires are burning near the turn for Jadrija and one near Šibenik's Dubrava.

27 minutes ago

Notice of HAK (Croatian Roads)

Due to the fire, the section between the Šibenik bridge and the end of the guide ring road has been closed. The detour is on the state road DC27 towards Benkovac.

41 minutes ago

There are more fires

According to the first information, it is burning in two places between Vodice and Jadrija, and the fire also broke out near Dubrava.

43 minutes ago

Closed Vodice ring road

The commander of JVP Vodice, Ivan Begić, told Sibenik.in portal that the Vodice bypass towards the Hacienda club is closed.

You can follow the latest on Index here.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Croatia Registers 1038 New COVID Cases, 10 Related Deaths

ZAGREB, 2 August, 2022 - Croatia has registered 1038 new COVID cases and 10 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the national COVID response team reported on Tuesday.

Currently, there are 8,309 active cases in the country, including 673hospitalised patients, 26 of whom are on ventilators, while 4,580 people are self-isolating. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,187,825 COVID cases have been recorded in Croatia; 16,336 patients have died as a consequence and 1,163,180 have recovered. 

To date, 59.57% of the total population, or 70.85% of adults, have been vaccinated.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Biograd na Moru as a (not so) Alternative Destination

August 2, 2022 – Don’t fancy the crowds of Split or Dubrovnik? Finding accommodation on the islands has become a bit complicated? Don’t worry, we’ll sort you out with an underdog, Biograd na Moru.

The national media are beaming with pride reporting record overnight stays, music festivals are back in full force, and the motorways are finally paying off again. Croatian tourism is where we all hoped it would be. In fact, we’re running out of space with the most popular destinations including the famous cities, Istrian villages, and the islands of Dalmatia. It’s time to start looking for alternatives. We tried telling you to go see Lika and Gorski Kotar, Slavonija and Baranja, but we do understand the desire to stay close to the sea. This is why today we will share a little gem that has got it all. Welcome to Biograd na Moru, famous among Croatians and Czechs, but still waiting to be fully discovered.

The little town of some 6000 residents is located only 30 km south of Zadar and about 50 km north of Šibenik, or 130 km from Split. It is nestled between two bays and overlooks the most indented part of the Adriatic coast. Surrounded by national parks and nature parks, it boasts plenty of tourist and recreational facilities but keeps a calm, homely atmosphere even in the height of summer. Get to know this charming little place through our top list of activities in Biograd na Moru. Here are some of our favourites that we suggest you try this summer:

Beach Hop

Whether you are the type to go for an early morning run and swim, like to chill all day or go late night dipping, you will find a spot that suits your needs. With the most famous ones being Bošana, Dražica, and Soline, Biograd offers a variety of terrain and conditions on its beaches. They range from pebbles and rocks, an open swimming pool for training, to a sandy beach perfect for the little ones. There is plenty of space both in the sun and in the shade. For perfect comfort, we suggest renting a lounge and/or an umbrella. As for sustenance and entertainment, you can find pretty much anything there. The little stands include everything from bakeries, fast food and ice cream to fresh fruit and salads. As for the little ones, there are water slides, aqua parks, playgrounds and attractions such as VR.

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Early morning at the beaches of Biograd. Photos by Author

Chase Sunsets

Thanks to the neighbouring islands being so dense and so close to Biograd, a sunset will look different depending on where you stand. If you plan it just right, you could have it so that you can still see the sun nesting between the islands from one point when it’s not visible from another point just a few hundred metres down. Whether you want to see it reflecting in the sea, disappearing behind Pašman, or glistening through the trees, one thing is always true – every sunset is more beautiful than the previous.

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Photos by Author

Count the Islands

The big ones, the one with the lighthouse, the heart-shaped island… Ugljan, Pašman, Dugi Otok, Sv. Katarina, and Galešnjak can all be seen from Biograd or places nearby. Hop on a ferry and visit some of them, or try counting and naming them while having your afternoon swim, we promise it’s fun both ways!

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Galešnjak Island, photo by PIXSELL (Filip Brala)

Eat and Drink

With pubs and restaurants densely populating the entire stretch of the beach, as well as the city centre, we challenge you to stay hungry or thirsty in Biograd! Start with brunch at the beach, have your afternoon iced coffee in the shade of one of the beach bars, go about your evening enjoying some fresh local seafood followed by Italian-inspired gelato, and of course, round it all up with a cocktail or two right by the sea. If you prefer cooking at home, get up early to catch the local fishermen coming back from their nightly catch and buy some of the best fish directly from them, or visit the local market for more fresh produce. As for edible souvenirs, you can never go wrong with some dried figs and olive oil which are produced in something like every other house. If you notice fruit or olives in backyards, try knocking on their doors and finding out if you can buy some to take home. Chances are, it won’t take more than a few knocks to declare mission success.

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Photos by Author

Get Some Movement In

After you’ve eaten and fed your entire family, never go swimming! Embrace the healthy Dalmatian ways and chill in the shade for a bit until it all settles down. Only after a little nap under the pines will you be ready to move. The 4 km stretch by the sea should be enough for recreational joggers, and if you get up early you will be rewarded by the sun rising above the pines in the most charming of ways. If you prefer running long distances or cycling, we suggest heading out of Biograd, and following the Adriatic Highway towards Zadar for some truly breathtaking views. With most of it being covered with cycling paths, it is suitable for all kinds of activity. It will take you through a few charming little villages, but its true beauty lies in the fact that for the most part, it passes right by the sea and provides perfect little private swimming spots.

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Photo by Adventure Park Biograd

Go on an Adventure

If swimming, running or cycling doesn’t cut it for you, and you need a little bit of adrenaline to spice up your day, try one of the activities at the beach, in the forests, or nearby. Our favourite beach activities include parasailing and jet skiing, followed by renting a SUP and exploring the bays. If you’re looking to entertain the whole family, you can also rent a paddle boat and try sliding down into the open sea. Needless to say, always make sure the weather conditions are right and listen to the advice of experts to stay safe! For those who aren’t afraid of heights, check out Adventure Park Biograd and test your climbing, hanging and ziplining skills, or head out for a day of rides in Fun Park Mirnovec.

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Photo by PIXSELL (Dino Stanin)

Discover Vransko Jezero

Tired of the beach, had too much ice cream, or maybe the sea is too salty? Head out to Lake Vrana, a nature park just a short drive from Biograd, which is also the largest lake in Croatia. With an area of 30.2 km2, it makes up its own ecosystem, with interesting flora and fauna. It is filled with brackish water and is home to many species of fish and birds. The area of the park also encompasses a few localities dating as far back as the 9th century. Even if you’re only out for a day of birdwatching and walking, there is plenty to see. If you’re looking for a more active visit, try renting a bicycle or a kayak, or hike to one of the viewpoints to see the Kornati National Park from above.

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Photos by PIXSELL (Hrvoje Jelavic and Dusko Jaramaz)

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Head of KBC Osijek Gynaecology Clinic Dismissed over Unsuccessful Abortion

ZAGREB, August 2, 2022 - The head of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinic at the KBC Osijek hospital was dismissed after a Health Ministry inspection had found irregularities in the case of an unsuccessful termination of pregnancy in March this year, the hospital's directorate confirmed to Hina on Monday.

The inspection was conducted on the initiative of Health Minister Vili Beroš after a patient had told the media that the Gynaecology Clinic had failed to terminate her pregnancy.

Due to the irregularities observed in the work of the clinic, KBC Osijek director had decided to dismiss the head of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinic as the responsible person.

The KBC Osijek Directorate said they had acted in accordance with the inspection report, stressing that they had carried out internal control before the inspection.

The inspection at the KBC Osijek Gynaecology Clinic was carried out following an unsuccessful termination of pregnancy, after which the patient had again tested pregnant. Unsatisfied with the hospital's statement, Minister Beroš sent inspectors to the hospital.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Plenković Hopes Schmidt will Take Steps in Favour of Croats in BiH

ZAGREB, August 2, 2022 - Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković expressed hope on Monday that the international community's High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Christian Schmidt, will take steps to ensure at least minimal equality for Croats after the elections in that country on 2 October.

"We hope that the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, will take steps that will ensure at least minimal equality for Croats after the elections on 2 October," Plenković said during a visit to the southern town of Imotski.

He said that the Croatian government stands "firmly with Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina," but not in a way that insults Schmidt and dissuades him from making a decision in favour of the Croats, as  President Milanović does.

"We are doing that by discussing the substance of the matter with him, to clarify why it would be good for him to do something," Plenković added.

Commenting on the "sabre rattling", he underscored that Croatia "projects stability both as a member of the EU and NATO" and that it is a country that has solved all its national tasks, united its national territory, which will join the euro and Schengen areas this year, and which takes care of Croats outside Croatia, especially Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a constituent people.

He recalled that Bakir Izetbegović has now openly admitted that he negotiated in bad faith, that he conducted the negotiations in such a way as to maintain the status quo.

"That is unacceptable and, in my opinion, it is not very politically smart for him. In fact, it is even disqualifying because it means that you are trying to deceive those with whom you are negotiating, including the international community," the prime minister said.

He pointed to the "huge difference" between the governments in Zagreb and Sarajevo, and noted that the orchestrated pressure from political parties, through the protests in Sarajevo and the threats that Schmidt experienced, certainly did not contribute to making his decision a few days ago, but that he would make a decision after a while.

Plenković is convinced that Bosniak political stakeholders will not change their position. "In my opinion, I don't see how, after key political actors on the Bosniak side have openly said 'we negotiated to pass the time,' how can you expect them to suddenly agree on something at the eleventh hour," Plenković wondered.

Insist on stability, peace and dialogue in Kosovo

Referring to the situation between Kosovo and Serbia, after Priština announced on Sunday that it would regulate number plates as of 1 August, Plenković said that "the issue of number plates has been on the agenda for years."

"As far as I am aware, the Kosovo government has postponed the implementation of their decision for a month. We think it will be resolved by then," said Plenković, calling for "stability, peace and dialogue" to avoid any tensions or even possible conflicts in the north of Kosovo. "That is our general policy and I think we should insist on it."

The Kosovo government announced on Sunday it was ready to postpone the implementation of measures banning entry into Kosovo for people with Serbian ID cards and regulating number plates until 1 September, when the barricades are expected to be removed and freedom of movement fully restored on all roads in the north of Kosovo.

Earlier, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić called on Kosovo and Western countries that support Priština to "come to their senses" in order to avoid possible conflicts after the Kosovo government's administrative decisions, which are disputed by Belgrade, while Priština sees them as an expression of sovereignty.

These are reciprocal measures, because Serbia has not allowed the entry of Kosovo citizens with Kosovo documents for 11 years, but instead issues them with special permits.

'Milanović has caused damage to Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina'

Journalists in Imotski also asked Plenković when the arguments with President Zoran Milanović will end. Milanović said previously that they would end when the Prime Minister "steps into his shoes."

"God forbid anyone in his shoes, let alone me. He is a big pest who has done enormous damage, above all to the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am telling them this so that they understand and realise what he did was undermining the efforts to help, both the international community and also the high representative and other stakeholders. To step into his shoes would mean doing harm to Croatia or the Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Plenković said.

He admitted that "some people there think that (Milanović) is doing good." "Here are the results of his policy," Plenković said.

He said that Milanović is fighting with everyone, journalists, commentators, minorities and so on. "So his shoes don't fit me," Plenković concluded.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

NordLayer: Croatia High Up on Global Digital Nomad List

August the 2nd, 2022 - NordLayer's Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) has produced a global ranking of the best countries for remote work. The American cyber security company has ranked Croatia 22nd out of a total of 66 countries, thanks to its high level of security, openness, quality of life, knowledge of the English language and tourism development.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, on top of all of the above, the Republic of Croatia has numerous advantages compared to first-ranked Germany or indeed the Netherlands, which have a higher cost of living, and in terms of cyber security, Croatia is better than most comparable countries with a warm climate.

The weakest link for Croatia as a desirable country for digital nomads is the infrastructure, from internet speed to the (lack of) digitisation of public services, and it could be better in managing the pandemic.

NordLayer's Global Remote Work Index (GRWI) is otherwise tool for digital professionals used to assess and compare the attractiveness of 66 countries as remote work locations, based on four sets of criteria.

Cyber ​​security, economic and social conditions, digital and physical infrastructure and the response to the global coronavirus pandemic are looked into (covering 10 percent of the total criteria), and only highly reliable and up-to-date data and analyses are used in determining GRWI.

Remote work, which a few years ago seemed to do nothing but raise eyebrows, is now becoming a serious trend in the way people travel and live, partly due to the global pandemic. The results of a Gartner analysis show that hybrid and remote work increased after the outbreak of that unprecedented public health crisis.

Back in pre-pandemic 2019, remote employees accounted for 17 percent of the total number of employees across the world, last year this share stood at 32 percent remote and 51 percent hybrid work, and the findings show that by the end of 2022, more than half of the employees across Europe, as many as 52 percent of them, now work remotely.

Judging by the GRWI index, Europe is the best place for engaging in remote work, with as many as 8 of the 10 leading countries on this ranking, led by Germany, followed by Denmark, the USA, Spain, Lithuania, the Netherlands, then Sweden, Estonia, Singapore and France.

European countries rank highest in cybersecurity thanks in part to GDPR, relative political stability, reasonable local prices, reduced travel restrictions and less need for work visas.

Most of the countries with high English proficiency are also some of the most expensive, such as the US, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. The cost of living factor greatly reduces the viability of telecommuting in these countries. NordLayer declared Lithuania a hidden gem for remote work, which was in the top 5 on their list and in 4th place in all of Europe.

Lithuania continues to attract the attention of business investors, making it a fast-growing centre for workers in various fields. This country with probably the fastest internet on the planet ranks second in terms of cyber security, and in terms of internet accessibility, it ranks third in the GRWI ranking.

The best place in the Mediterranean has been occupied by Spain. As an extremely strong tourist destination, it is in 10th place in terms of safety, and the country's attractiveness was not damaged by the shortcomings in terms of internet availability, a very average knowledge of English and the cost of living.

Croatia is even better than Spain in terms of cyber security, which is why it is in a high 6th place out of a total of 66 countries in the entire world. This aspect also includes the legal capacity to protect remote workers, their data, privacy and online work.

Croatia also holds a high position in the aspect of social and economic attractiveness, in which the country is in 11th place on the GRWI scale. This means that the country has political stability, affordable local prices and is very accessible. The population of such destinations is open and communicates easily in English. Croatia is also helped by its tourist attractiveness.

Co-working spaces with high-speed internet are essential for remote workers and digital nomads, and good general infrastructure is essential for leading a comfortable life, NordLayer claims. That's where Croatia continues to be the weakest, stuck in an unenviable 43rd place.

The fact that the Republic of Croatia still has a lot of work to do in this segment is shown by the very recently published Economic and Social Digitisation Index for 2022, according to which Croatia is in 21st place among the 27 EU member states.

As pointed out in the report issued by the European Commission (EC), despite the good results in digital skills, there is still a shortage of experts in information and communication technologies across Croatia, which significantly affects the integration of digital technologies in companies. In addition to that, although Croatia has some very good results in terms of open data, this is unfortunately reduced by poor results in the field of digital public services.

For more on working remotely in Croatia, make sure to check out our digital nomads section.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

People Seeking Construction Land as Croatian Property Prices Soar

August the 2nd, 2022 - More and more would-be buyers are seeking out land on which they can construct something for themselves as Croatian property prices continue to soar to extremely high levels.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian property prices and their constant increases are apparently unstoppable at this moment in time, but despite the wildly overpriced square footage, demand is far from abating. In addition to houses and apartments, in the last two years ,there has been a significant increase in interest in building land, as reported by HRT.

For two years, Stefano Ladavac intensively searched for construction land in the very heart of Istria. The offer is weak, and the prices have never been higher, he claims. He now considers a plot of land in Sveti Petar u Sumi perfect for the construction of two villas that he will rent out when they're completed.

"We're absolutely satisfied with the price we got, we paid 22 euros per square metre, and approximately the initial average price of construction land in Sveti Petar u Sumi is 40 euros per square metre, so we did very well in that regard,'' said investor Stefano Ladavac.

There isn't much choice to pick from in the City of Zagreb either. The seller of land near the capital's Franjo Tudjman International Airport is asking for 65 euros per square metre. The price is dictated by the market, and according to the market as it is at the moment, that price is very realistic. At the same time, it is twice as high as it was when the construction land was purchased six years ago.

Cheap borrowing encourages buying, and with the current inflation rate as it is, money invested in property will not lose value. Building plots are most in demand in the cities of Zagreb, Split and Zadar, and Croatian property prices for all types of building are at record highs.

"I don't see a situation in which Croatian property prices will come down in the foreseeable future. The market is active, so I think it will continue in this way, given the country's imminent entry into the Eurozone," said real estate agent Mia Vucic.

The latest data from Eurostat shows that Croatian property prices increased by thirteen and a half percent in the first three months of this year alone when compared to the same period last year, which is above the European Union (EU) average.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Croatian AD Plastik Contracts 31.2 Million Euro Job with Stellantis

August the 2nd, 2022 - The Croatian AD Plastik company has contracted a job worth a massive 31.2 million euros with the French-Italian enterprise Stellantis, and it isn't the first time it has succeeded in doing so.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian AD Plastik revealed last week that it has contracted new jobs for the European market worth a huge 31.2 million euros in total.

"The AD Plastik Grupa (Group) has contracted new business with the buyer Stellantis for the European market, with expected revenues of 31.2 million euros and an expected duration of the project of seven years," reads the statement according to a short announcement on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.

This is already the third significant deal the Croatian AD Plastik company has managed to contract with the French-Italian automotive group during this year alone. It's worth noting that back in March this year, the Croatian AD Plastik company reported on a deal contracted with Stellantis worth 71.5 million euros, and at the end of June, it did the same with a contract worth an even higher 85.9 million euros.

On Wednesday last week, the Croatian AD Plastik Grupa reported on its business results for the first half of this year, in which a net loss of 59.46 million kuna was recorded. This loss includes value adjustments in the amount of 75 million kuna made on the basis of an assessment of the recoverability of the assets of the Russian companies of the group, which is of course something which required an overhaul following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and all of the sanctions placed on the country as a result.

The Group's operating income amounted to 433.09 million kuna, which is 30.4 percent less, and the normalised EBITDA of 18.58 million kuna is a significant 77.5 percent lower.

In the report from AD Plastik Grupa, they stated that the half-year results of the group's operations were largely characterised by geopolitical events and the consequences of the semiconductor shortage crisis on the market.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated business section.

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

First Positive Monthly Financial Croatia Airlines Result Recorded in June

August the 2nd, 2022 - The very first positive monthly financial result for the enfeebled national carrier Croatia Airlines was recorded back during the month of June this year.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the operational loss of the Croatian national carrier Croatia Airlines (CA) during the first half of this year stands at an absolutely enormous 170.3 million kuna, and the net loss is 164.1 million kuna, despite the gradual recovery of demand and mainly due to the increase in fuel prices, Croatia Airlines announced recently.

They pointed out from Croatia Airlines that the company's very first positive monthly financial result since the beginning of the global crisis caused by the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic was achieved back in June this year.

In the period from January to June 2022, a total of 10,054 flights were successfully carried out by Croatia Airlines, which is 85 percent more compared to the same period last year.

558,146 passengers were transported, equal to 2.7 percent more in comparison to the same period back in 2021, but still 42 percent less compared to 960,620 passengers transported in the same period during the pre-pandemic, record year of 2019.

400,887 passengers were transported in international regular traffic, almost three times more than in the same period last year, while 146,428 passengers were transported in domestic regular traffic, twice as many as back during the first half of 2021.

When it comes to charter traffic, 10,831 passengers were transported, which is 77 percent more compared to the same period back in 2021. Cargo transportation was 14 percent higher, and cabins were filled by 56.2 percent, 10.9 percentage points more than back during the first six months of 2021.

The flight structure was adapted to traffic needs and circumstances, and the emphasis was primarily placed on the use of the Q400 fleet in addition to increasing the use of the Airbus fleet.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated business section.

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