Monday, 1 August 2022

20 Ways Croatia Changed Me in 20 Years: 17. Getting Sued by a State Institution

August 1, 2022 - Twenty years a foreigner in Croatia. Part 17 of 20 Ways Croatia Changed Me in 20 Years. An introduction to Croatian justice and a hobby that will take up a lifetime in this beautiful land - getting sued by a State institution.

"Finally you became a local. What took you so long?"

"Now you can get citizenship. You finally became a Croat after 18 years."

I used to think that the British had the best sense of humour in the world. To be fair, our humour is pretty good. And, as an aside, below is a quick guide into what the British say, what you think the British say, and what the British ACTUALLY mean. And this table is incredibly accurate. Listen in next time you are talking to a Brit. 

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But the longer I live here, the more I get to appreciate Croat humour. It is dark, for sure (as is all the best humour), and as a foreigner, it almost feels that there is a rite of passage in one's Croatian journey. That when you get to a level of understanding about the way Croatia really functions, it feels as though you are entering a secret kingdom, where the humour is a darker shade of black. 

I felt it first when I came across the word 'uhljeb' (of which much more in Chapter 19 of this series, but for those a little unclear - A Tale of Two Croatias: Before and After the Uhljeb Discovery) - and my relationship with some Croatian friends changed that day. I had become a little more like one of them, and less a foreigner living in his perfect Croatian bubble. 

And so too when I received my first lawsuits at the tender age of 51. It was almost as if you were not really Croatian if you hadn't been sued. It was almost part of the path to citizenship.

While I was terrified at being sued for 100,000 kuna in two separate lawsuits, I was struck that not one single friend expressed sorrow at my news. Shock yes, outrage, to an extent, good humour for sure. But not sorrow.

"I wouldn't worry," said more than one. "It will go on for years, and you will be dead before they find you guilty. For if you are being sued by the Croatian State in a Croatian court..."

I am sure they meant well, but they only terrified me even more. How would I even respond, and where to find a good lawyer to defend me at a price I could afford?

I hadn't done anything wrong either, of that I was pretty confident, but I found myself in the rather bizarre situation after a decade promoting Croatia and its tourism, of being sued twice by the Croatian National Tourist Board, once for defamation for an article I did not write on a portal that I don't own which quoted me. Neither the journalist nor portal were sued, there was no request for a retraction, and the article is still live today in its original format

The second was for a meme, playing around with the national tourist board logo with a bit of satire, ironically including that word 'uhljeb'. It was the cover photo on my private Facebook page for 3 days, got 316 likes, 20 comments, and 9 shares. It was entirely forgotten a day later. 

Until the lawsuit brought it back to life and onto the national evening news and all over most of the national media when news broke of the lawsuits. 

I really had no idea what to do. Friends gleefully (did I mention the lack of sorrow expressed?) explained that the cases would be delayed and adjourned for years, then the judgment would probably go against me in Croatia, and I would probably win in Strasbourg in 2063 in the European courts.

Oh, and there was the small matter of the 8% interest on the amount per year. So if the case was adjourned and delayed for years as my friends predicted, I might have to sell both the kids, not just my first-born.

"And of course, you know that they are not actually paying for any of it, so they probably don't care how long it takes. This is public money of course, paid from your taxes. So, in a way, you are paying for the privilege of suing yourself. Ah, Hrvatska. Welcome to the mad house. Cheers!"

I didn't really know any good Croatian lawyers, apart from a brief association with Vanja Juric, a leading media laywer who represented Index.hr, whose summons to the courts were a lot more frequent than mine. Index had kindly asked Vanja to give me some advice a couple of years ago when the Mayor of Jelsa announced he was suing me in a public meeting (see above), but strangely never followed through on his promise. 

We were distant Facebook friends, and I decided to send her a message, saying that I knew she was the best and probably very expensive, but could she at least tell me how much trouble I was in, and how many children I would have to sell to engage her services. 

I will never forget the first thing she said when we met in her office:

"Paul, the first thing I want to tell you is don't worry. This will be fine. I will be happy to represent you."

And from that moment, my attitude to these lawsuits has moved from one of blind panic to a curious fascination and window into the wonderful Croatian legal system. Vanja is so calm, and so majestic in the courtroom that if she says everything will be ok in the end, then I know it will be. As nobody seems to write about the realities of the lawsuit process in Croatia, at least in English, I decided that I would, starting a mini-blog to document my journey to Strasbourg some 40 years hence. If you want to follow the blow-by-blow account, check out Diary of a Croatian Lawsuit

My last hearing was in early May, and the next hearings for both are in November - remember that 8%?

And the following January, both lawsuits will be entering their fourth calendar year. 

The lawsuits arrived in blue envelopes from the municipal court in Zagreb in October 2020, after the case had been opened in August 2020. The first hearings for each were set for April 10 and May 3 the following year. Did I mention something about 8% interest?

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A week before the first hearing, I asked Vanja if it would be ok to announce that I was being sued on social media, which she confirmed. I guess I was expecting a little reaction from posting the summons as my cover photo, but what happened next was really quite incredible.

Within an hour, my phone rang - a journalist from the national media, RTL Direkt, asking where I was currently. At home in Varazdin, I replied why? Be at Hotel Park in 2 hours for an interview on the lawsuit. And so there I was that evening, on the national news, story number  2.

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The press had a field day. What had been a 3-day Facebook cover long forgotten by all had turned into one of the biggest stories of the day. 

There was even a poll on Index.hr, asking which side readers were on. Almost 17,000 people took part in the poll.

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Offers of money for my legal defence came in from SO many kind strangers; it was truly humbling. I thanked but refused them all. 

Meanwhile, in the Croatian Parliament... 

... my case was raised by Centar MP Marijana Puljak, calling for the dismissal of the Croatian National Tourist Board director, the quashing of the case, and the introduction of anti-SLAPP legistlation into Parliament. 

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The Minister of Tourism was apparently not very happy with the lawsuit and allegedly summoned the director to demand an explanation.

Meanwhile the media invitations kept on coming. 

Good Morning Croatia,  the main breakfast show on national television.

N1 television. And several more. An awful lot of publicity, which one journalist referred to as the biggest PR own goal in the history of the Croatian National Tourist Board. I couldn't comment on that, but it was fab PR for me and TCN. Although I am forever known as 'the blogger the tourist board sued' if I meet people at parties who have never heard of me.

Instant recognition.

Even though I had the soothing voice of Vanja by my side, I was very nervous before my first court appearance. For some reason, I felt that there was a stigma about being sued (obviously I was not Croatian, for here it is a national sport - years ago, I was told that in a population of 4 million, there are about 3 million ongoing lawsuits, most of them property related. If they all took years to conclude, no wonder the country was in such trouble). What would my day in court look like?

"It will be over in 3 minutes," predicted Vanja, "and then a new date will be set in a few months. And so it will go on. But we can go and have a beer after and catch up."

And - as always - she was right. The prosecution produced a last-minute motion which they did not have time to share with Vanja in advance, and the case was adjourned by several months. The first hearing of the other lawsuit was postponed for 3 weeks as the prosecution lawyer had double booked, then it was postponed by 6 months when he had double booked again. When I learned that their lawyer was one of six partners in a firm with 50 lawyers, I marvelled at the fact that he perhaps could not afford a secretary to manage his diary or find a colleague to cover for him.

Remember that 8% interest?

Somewhere into Calendar Year 3 of the meme case, both the director of the national tourist board and myself were called to give evidence about the meme. I was fascinated; what kind of evidence can you give about a meme? It was a meme, satire, posted without comment. What more is there to say? And yet I found myself on the witness stand for about an hour, having to answer questions on what jobs I was doing before I moved to Croatia in 2002, how many Facebook fans I had, and how would I define an 'uhljeb'. It was extraordinary. My proudest moment was learning how many journalists and bloggers had been sued by the national tourist board in the calendar year of 2020. 

Just one.

Me. 

Twice. 

The director almost didn't come to give evidence. The hearing was set for Thursday the 20th, at midday. After busines hours on Friday the 14th, Vanja got an email from her colleague from the prosecution, informing me that the director had to go to a tourism fair in Madrid. As proof, he sent a copy of the ticket, from Tuesday the 18th to Friday the 21st. Even though both our hearing and the fair had been announced 6 months ago (remember that 8%?), we were informed going into the weekend just a few days before. 

I cancelled my court interpreter, and it was agreed that I would appear but not give evidence alone.

Tuesday came and the director was presumably en route to Madrid, representing Croatian tourism on Wednesday too, and not due back until Friday. Imagine Vanja's surprise then when she got an email on Thursday morning, just 3 hours before the hearing, that the director would in fact appear, as he was not in Madrid. Quite why could not have informed us on the Tuesday is anyone's guess. A last-minute scramble to find an interpreter was one more unnecessary stress. 

Both cases rumble on, and they are attracting some interesting and high-profile participants. Next up in November, for example, is the head of legal for the national tourist board, as well as the former Communications Director for Prime Minister Plenkovic giving evidence on my behalf.

The last hearing was perhaps the most surreal. I was co-organiser of a digital nomad conference in Dubrovnik in early May, and the national tourist board kindly sponsored the first evening event. The next hearing in court was in Zagreb the following day. I had the rather unusual experience of greeting the head of global PR at the conference, as she was hosting the evening, then both of us due to fly to Zagreb the next morning for the hearing so that she could give evidence against me. In the end, Vanja told me to stay and enjoy Dubrovnik, but how to go from conference partner to the accused in the courtroom in under 16 hours. Ah, Hrvatska. 

How do I feel about being sued as it drags on for years? I actually don't mind. As I wrote in an earlier chapter, 20 Ways Croatia Changed Me in 20 Years: 3. Bureaucracy and Mindset, dealing with Croatia is all about mindset. Go in with a positive attitude and a little humour, and all will appear totally different. It has been a fascinating journey to document, and I am sure there are many more twists and turns to come. 

And the prospect of a visit to Strasbourg when I am 94 is rather appealing... 

One does wonder if the public time and money could be put to better use, however. 

Away from the courtroom, it has been fascinating to see how the whole thing plays out in the media. To see which portals are truly independent in Croatia, and those who do not report on it at all. My favourite moment was a big sponsored article in a major national newspaper and portal (I will not say which) which covered a conference I co-organised. There were 5 speakers at the opening, and the article was comprehensive, including photos of 4 of the 5 speakers in the text. And the text was considerable but managed to omit mention or photo of both me and TCN, the co-organiser. 

Quite impressive. 

There are a lot of other things I could write, but I should probably stop before I get myself into trouble. Being sued has made me see things a little differently, and it has definitely made me feel more Croatian and the realities of the authentic Croatian day-to-day reality.  

And while I am not looking to get sued again, the experience has definitely enriched my time here, and whatever the outcome, I am sure there will be quite a story. 

And quite possibly that 8%...

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And I would be very interested to see what - if anything - happens with this social media post of one of the biggest names in the Croatian media - the twist of the slogan Croatia Full of Life to Croatia Full of Deception. Perhaps we will end up in the dock together. Or not.

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Monday, 1 August 2022

Plenković Talks Šemper: He's Not an Official, He's been Dismissed

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday that the dismissed chief of staff in Deputy Prime Minister Anja Šimpraga's office, Dalibor Šemper, who has been remanded in pretrial detention after causing a hit-and-run accident and injuring a child, is not a state official and is not connected with the HDZ.

"He is not an office holder. He is a civil servant, a man who is not a member of any party, so he has nothing to do with the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) or the SDSS (Independent Democratic Serb Party). He was employed in the government through a regular job advertisement, I don't know how many years ago. That's not a political function," Plenković told reporters after attending a formal session of the Imotski City Council.

During a conference-call meeting of the government on Monday, Šemper was dismissed from his post following a hit-and-run accident on Friday, in which he seriously injured a child while driving under the influence of alcohol. He has been remanded in one-month pre-trial detention, ordered due to the danger of interfering with witnesses and repeating the crime.

Plenković said it was unbelievable and unacceptable that Šemper did not stop to help the injured child, and the government reacted immediately.

"It is his personal responsibility and it has absolutely nothing to do with politics, let alone some ridiculous theories that politics would try and protect him and cover up the incident," underscored Plenković.

When asked about Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect Damir Dekanić, who caused a traffic accident in an official car around Easter, Plenković said it was not the same because in that incident only material damage was caused.

Speaking about the death of a firefighter near Dubrovnik, Plenković expressed his condolences to the family and Dubrovnik firefighters and said that it was a great tragedy and the death of one of the best firefighters.

Monday, 1 August 2022

EU Unemployment Rate at 6.0% in June, Croatia's at 6.3%

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - In June 2022, the EU unemployment rate was 6.0% and the euro area unemployment rate was 6.6%, while in Croatia the rate was 6.3%, the European Union's statistical office, Eurostat, said on Monday.

The EU seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0% in June 2022, stable compared with May 2022 and down from 7.2% in June 2021. The rate for the euro area was 6.6%, also stable compared with May 2022 and down from 7.9% in June 2021.

Eurostat estimates that 12.931 million men and women in the EU, of whom 10.925 million in the euro area, were unemployed in June 2022. Compared with June 2021, unemployment decreased by 2.311 million in the EU and by 1.957 million in the euro area.

Croatia alongside Latvia

Spain and Greece were the only two EU member states to record double-digit unemployment rates, of 12.6% and 12.3% respectively.

In Croatia, the unemployment rate was 6.3%, up by 0.1 percentage point from May 2022 and down from 7.7% in June 2021. A total of 114,000 Croatians were out of work in June 2022, a thousand more than in May 2022 and 25,000 fewer than in June 2021.

Closest to Croatia was Latvia, with an unemployment rate of 6.4%.

The lowest rates were recorded in the Czech Republic (2.4%), Poland (2.7%), Germany (2.8%). Malta and Hungary (both 3.0%)

Youth unemployment

In June 2022, 2.546 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU, of whom 2.073 million were in the euro area. The youth unemployment rate was 13.6% in both the EU and the euro area, up from 13.3% in the EU and up from 13.2% in the euro area.

Compared with May 2022, youth unemployment increased by 59,000 in the EU and by 64,000 in the euro area. Compared with June 2021, youth unemployment decreased by 527,000 in the EU and by 450,000 in the euro area.

The lowest youth unemployment rates were observed in Germany and Ireland (both 5.4%), while the highest rates were registered in Greece (29.5%), Spain (27.9%), Italy (23.1%) and Sweden (21.3%).

In the second quarter of 2022, Croatia recorded a youth unemployment rate of 15.9%, with 23,000 young people out of work. In the first quarter, the rate was 16.1% and the number of jobless persons was also 23,000.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Croatia Registers 48 New COVID Cases, 13 Deaths

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Croatia has registered 48 new COVID cases and 13 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the national COVID response team reported on Monday.

Currently, there are 8,340 active cases in the country, including 696 hospitalised patients, 23 of whom are on ventilators, while 4,850 people are self-isolating. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 1,186,787 COVID cases have been recorded in Croatia; 16,326 patients have died as a consequence and 1,162,121 have recovered. 

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

Monday, 1 August 2022

Božinović: Cause of Orašac Wildfire and Fireman's Death being Investigated

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Police are investigating the cause of the wildfire that broke out at Orašac, near Dubrovnik, on Sunday and the death of the fireman Goran Komlenac, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said on Monday.  

Božinović said that Komlenac was one of the most competent and best-trained firefighters at the Dubrovnik public fire service and that he died as a hero trying to save others. He added that the government would take care of his wife and two small children.

Božinović said that right now Croatia had four Canadairs and four Air Tractors, adding that Defence Minister Mario Banožić would talk to the Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Centre to ensure that another Canadair and another Air Tractor were ready for use within the next few days.

Božinović noted that Croatia had initiated joint procurement through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and would be among the first to get new Canadair planes.

"There will be a growing need for joint firefighting forces, but this will be least necessary in Croatia because we are possibly best organised. Our Canadairs helped put out wildfires in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Slovenia,  we help others whenever we can," he said.

The Orašac wildfire is under control and the site is being guarded by 30 firefighters, county fire chief Stjepan Simović said.

President Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković have extended their condolences on the death of the firefighter Goran Komlenac.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Government Dismisses Deputy PM's Chief-of-Staff after Causing Road Accident

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Deputy Prime Minister Anja Šimpraga's chief of staff Dalibor Šemper has been dismissed from his post following a hit-and-run accident on Friday, in which he seriously injured a child while driving under the influence of alcohol.

The decision was made during a government conference call on Monday.

Šemper (45) has been remanded in one-month pre-trial detention, which was ordered due to the danger of interfering with witnesses and repeating the crime.

The Karlovac Municipal Prosecutor's Office has accused him of turning onto the opposite side of the road and hitting a 10-year-old child while under the influence of alcohol.

The child suffered multiple serious injuries, and the driver is suspected of not helping him after the accident even though he could have. Šemper drove away from the scene, but was stopped by members of the public who had witnessed the incident.

The injured boy was transferred to the Gospić General Hospital and from there to the KBC Zagreb hospital, where he underwent surgery on Saturday. His condition is stable.

Deputy Prime Minister Anja Šimpraga said on Saturday she would initiate the procedure for Šemper's dismissal.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Price of Petrol Capped at HRK 12, Diesel at HRK 12.80 from Tomorrow

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday that the government will react and decide on fuel prices every Monday if necessary.

"We are continuing to work for the benefit of citizens and the economy. We will be agile and adaptable and, if necessary, we will introduce new measures every Monday during government conference calls," Plenković said during a visit to the southern town of Imotski.

During a conference call on Monday, the government capped the price of petrol at HRK 12 per litre and the price of diesel at HRK 12.80 per litre as of Tuesday, while a litre of blue-dyed diesel will cost HRK 9.16 per litre, which are lower prices than last week's. 

The highest retail prices for all petroleum products with added multifunctional additives are still determined freely.

Plenković also pointed out that last weekend Croatian motorways had the best weekend in terms of the number of vehicles and tolls collected so far.

"We have to see that the government remains agile and adaptable and to intervene whenever necessary, of course keeping in mind that this is the tourist season. This is an important moment for the income of all those involved in tourism, but also for the state, to increase the fiscal capacity for possible interventions when needed, and that will be in the autumn," Plenković said.

Monday, 1 August 2022

More than 10 Million Tourists in Croatia So Far in 2022

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - During the first seven months of 2022, Croatia saw 10.3 million arrivals and 54.3 million overnight stays, or 60% more arrivals and 46% more overnight stays than in the same period of 2021, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported on Monday.

The ministry reported that this is the preliminary data of the eVisitor system on tourist traffic in commercial and non-commercial facilities and boat charters.

Foreign tourists accounted for 47.8 million overnight stays, and domestic for 6.6 million.

The results so far account for 89% of the arrivals and 95% of the overnight stays reported in the same period of the record year 2019.

The most tourist overnight stays were reported in Istria County (15.8 million), Split-Dalmatia County (9.9 million) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (9.5 million), followed by Zadar County (7.7 million), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (4.1 million) and Šibenik-Knin County (3.4 million).

"After very good results in the first six months of this year, interest in Croatia was great also in July, for which results are almost the same as in 2019. As many as 215,000 more tourists were registered from markets such as Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria compared to July 2019," Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac said.

August is usually the most intensive month of the year in terms of tourist turnover and we expect this good trend to continue and to be accompanied by excellent financial results, added Brnjac.

Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) Director Kristjan Staničić said that the July results were almost the same as in the record-breaking 2019, while some destinations even exceeded those results.

We still have prime tourist weekends and weeks ahead of us, when more than 1.2 million guests will be staying in our country on a daily basis, he pointed out.

In July, more than 4.5 million tourists visited Croatia

During July, there were 4.5 million arrivals and 29.4 million overnight stays, or 18% more arrivals and 16% more overnight stays than in July 2021.

The results in July account for 98% of arrivals and 96% of overnight stays reported in July 2019.

Monday, 1 August 2022

Average Monthly Net Pay Highest in ICT Sector, Analysis Shows

ZAGREB, 1 August, 2022 - The highest average net monthly salary in 2021 was paid in the ICT sector, amounting to HRK 9,584, 50.9% more than the national average in the business sector, shows an analysis by the Financial Agency (FINA).

In 2021 the average monthly net pay of 964,742 persons employed in 144,259 businesses subject to profit tax payment (not including financial institutions), was HRK 6,350, an increase of 6.1% from 2020, when the average pay amounted to HRK 5,985.

Fina's analysis shows that businesses in three activities - manufacturing, commerce and construction - accounted for 55.5% of all employed persons, with the average monthly pay in construction and commerce being below the national average in the entire business sector.

The average pay in the manufacturing industry, which in 2021 had 15,634 businesses with 236,151 employees, was HRK 6,525.

In commerce, where there were 28,507 businesses employing 190,955 workers, the average monthly pay was HRK 6,230 while the average net pay in the construction sector was HRK 5,597.

In the manufacturing industry, wages rose 7.3% from 2020, the retail and wholesale sector saw a pay increase of 6.8% and the construction sector an increase of 4.2%.

The ICT sector reported the highest average pay in 2021, HRK 9,584, 8.3% up from the sector average in 2020, and 50.9% more than the average pay in the entire business sector.

The ICT sector in 2021 employed 43,999 workers and had 7,666 businesses.

The activity of electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply in 2021 had 914 businesses and 14,179 workers and the second highest average pay, of HRK 8,679 or 36.7% above the national average and 4.7% more than in 2020.

In mining and quarrying the average net monthly pay in 2021 was HRK 8,087, 1.6% down from the sector average in 2020 but 27.4% more than the average pay in the business sector in 2021. Last year there were 224 businesses specialising in mining and quarrying and they employed 3,468 workers.

A total of 537 businesses specialising in financial and insurance activities, not including banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions, in 2021 employed 5,482 workers and had an average monthly pay of HRK 7,960, a year-on-year increase of 4.4%.

The lowest average monthly pay in 2021 was reported in education, with 1,698 businesses employing 7,563 workers whose average pay was HRK 4,994; Other service activities, with 4,624 businesses employing 11,430 workers whose average pay was HRK 4,995; and Administration and auxiliary services, where the average monthly pay amounted to HRK 5,050.

In tourism and hospitality, there were 13,311 businesses employing 71,175 workers and their average net pay was HRK 5,109.

(€1 = HRK 7.514109)

Monday, 1 August 2022

2-Year Montenegro Digital Nomad Visa Announced by Jan de Jong

August 1, 2022 - The Montenegro Digital Nomad Visa has become a reality, announced President of the Digital Nomad Association Croatia, Jan de Jong.

Goog things come to those who wait...

Nine months ago, TCN reported that a Montenegro digital nomad visa would be introduced in early 2022, with the President of Digital Nomad Association Croatia, Jan de Jong, one of the instigators. 

De Jong,  whose LinkedIn letter to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was the catalyst to Croatia's digital nomad permit last year, has been an avid promoter of the digital nomad movement, and he had some good news for those looking to spend up to two years, extendable by another two, in Croatia's southern neighbour:

And it's official! Montenegro ?? has followed into the footsteps of its neighbour, Croatia - by introducing it's digital nomad visa!

Digital nomads can now apply for a 2-year permit, which can be prolonged with an additional 2 years. Wow! 

During those 2+2 years, digital nomads are exempt from paying income tax in Montenegro. 

The entire Adriatic region has so much to offer to digital nomads - so it's great to see Montenegro making strategic decisions welcoming remote work professionals by granting them staying permits. 

I would like to thank former Minister Tamara Srzentić MS MBA & Milovan Novakovic MRICS for kicking off and leading this initiative in Montenegro. Svaka čast! 

For those digital nomads whose Croatian DN-permit expires - you now have a chance to stay in the region 

Digital nomads - welcome to the most beautiful part of Europe...the Adriatic region! 

Pozdrav,

Jan de Jong

President Digital Nomad Association Croatia

Exciting times for the region. You can follow the latest news and features regarding digital nomads in Croatia in the dedicated TCN section

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What is it like to live in Croatia? An expat for 20 years, you can follow my series, 20 Ways Croatia Changed Me in 20 Years, starting at the beginning - Business and Dalmatia.

Follow Paul Bradbury on LinkedIn.

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