Sunday, 26 February 2023

25 Reasons You Should NEVER Visit Croatia

February 26, 2023 - It is 8 years since I wrote my most popular article ever about Croatia - now meet the story behind it and the video version of 25 Reasons You Should Never Visit Croatia.

It was one of the quickest articles I have ever written.

Less than 25 minutes from start to finish. 

And - full disclosure - beer was involved. 

A client had asked me to write an article called 25 Reasons NEVER to Visit Croatia, a provocative title, with the clickbaity twist giving 25 reasons why Croatia was in fact an amazing place to visit.

After an afternoon on the Weissbier in Munich, I pulled out a cold one from the fridge and got to work, writing down the first 25 reasons that came into my head. 

The client was pleased and - it seemed - so were his readers, as he reported a million clicks in the first 24 hours.  It was EVERYWHERE!


I went back into the studio recently to record more videos for my new YouTube channel, Paul Bradbury Croatia Expert, and I thought it would be fun to make a video version of the original article. 

So here it is, the latest from the Fat Vlogger. Are you coming to Croatia this summer?


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Sunday, 26 February 2023

Jutarnji List: Special Op to Send 14 Croatian Helicopters to Ukraine Begins

February 26, 2023 - An exclusive from Jutarnji List (translation below) on the start of an operation to send Croatian helicopters to Ukraine.

According to our information, the aircraft will be ready for transport in approximately 10 days

Croatia has started the operation of sending 14 transport helicopters to Ukraine. Twelve MI 8 MTV-1 helicopters and two MI 8 T helicopters have been separated from the Armed Forces, and preparations for their transport have begun, Jutarnji list has learned.

According to available information, several helicopters are currently located in the premises of the Aviation Technical Center in Velika Gorica, where its employees are handling all the necessary technical preparations. Some of the helicopters are in hangars, and currently two are outside the ZTC. Among other things, all existing markings are removed from the helicopters, used material is changed if necessary, oil is added, etc. Due to the lack of space in the ZTC, the remaining helicopters are located in the military part of the Pleso airport and in Lučko. It is estimated that the helicopters will be ready for transport in about ten days. According to our information, seven helicopters will be partially disassembled and transported by land, and the remaining seven will fly to Poland. Namely, all 14 helicopters will be transferred to Poland, from where they will be forwarded to Ukraine. The assumption is that helicopters with more resources will fly to Poland, while those with less resources will be transferred by land. After the departure of these helicopters to Ukraine, the Croatian Air Force will have at its disposal ten MI 171Sh transport helicopters and four Black Hawk helicopters.

The Croatian Government has classified all information on military aid to Ukraine as confidential, and it is impossible to obtain official confirmation of this information. The donation of 14 transport helicopters was confirmed by Prime Minister Plenković in November last year, but without any other details. On the other hand, President Milanović was very angry two months ago by the fact that the Government was arranging the donation of helicopters, and he said that the Ministry of Defense did not explain to him how these helicopters would be replaced. "I don't give a damn," Milanović said at the time. Two days ago, on the other hand, when he was asked when the helicopters would arrive in Ukraine, he answered rather disinterestedly: "I have no idea."

In September of last year, photos of M-46 130 mm cannons targeting Russian positions were published on Ukrainian portals. In addition, more than ten crates of OF-482 fuze grenades were shown. On the crates, it says "Bullet with current-explosive number OF-482" in Latin script in Croatian. A month ago, a column of 12 civilian tow trucks was filmed on the highway towards the Macelj border crossing, and each one had a cannon covered. Apart from them, there was at least one tow truck with a closed cargo area in the convoy. It was most likely transporting ammunition. The tow trucks headed towards Maclje from the VSK Jasikovac military warehouse near Gospić.

In the last month, the greater diplomatic activity of the Minister of Defense Banožić in relation to Ukraine is visible. He was twice at the meetings of the Defense Contact Group for Ukraine, and in Zagreb he was the Minister of Defense of Poland. Given that Croatia coordinates the sending of military aid to its allies, the donation of helicopters must have been negotiated in more detail at those meetings as well. At these meetings, Minister Banožić, on behalf of the Government, confirmed each time that Croatia would continue to militarily assist Ukraine. However, there has been no official word on how much military aid has been sent so far. At the Government session on Thursday, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zdenko Lucić, only briefly said that in the past year, the Government made decisions that donated more than six million euros for humanitarian aid to Ukraine and that "we provided significant military aid". Lucić pointed out that "Croatia participates in international initiatives and activities to help Ukraine, and Croatia's total aid, when everything is added up, exceeds the amount of 160 million euros".

So far, there is no information on what Croatia could get for the donated military equipment. The rule is that the eastern members of the Alliance for Artillery and Missile Weapons of Soviet production, which they send to Ukraine, receive new western weapons from their partners. The Croatian public has already speculated that in return Croatia could receive additional quantities of 155 mm self-propelled howitzers. Last year, Minister Banožić announced that Croatia would start the procurement of new PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, but he did not talk about the details. It was his announcement that many connected with the possibility of Croatia "trading" cannons to Ukraine for new German howitzers. It was also mentioned that the USA could deliver more used Black Hawk helicopters to Croatia. However, there is no confirmation of this yet.

You can read the original article in Jutarnji List here.

Sunday, 26 February 2023

Traffic Chaos: All Roads Closed Between Dalmatia and Interior

February 26, 2023 - From 14:30 onwards, due to meteorological conditions, there is no free road direction for any group of vehicles from the direction of Dalmatia towards the interior and vice versa, reports HAK/

Winter road maintenance is in progress, so there are frequent delays behind winter service vehicles, which move more slowly.

There are winter conditions on most of the roads in Lika and Gorski Kotar, including the A1 motorway between the junctions Gospić and Maslenica (Rovanjska), the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb between the junctions Kikovica and Bosiljevo II and the state road DC3 Karlovac-Vrbovsko-Delnice-Kikovica (the old road through Gorski district).

The latest travel information from Croatian Roads (HAK) - click here for further updates in English.

Last update 26.2.2023. 15:32

Due to very strong wind and snow all traffic is suspended:

  • on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče motorway between Sveti Rok and Posedarje junctions;
  • on the DC1 Udbina-Gračac-Knin state road;
  • on the DC8 Adriatic road Senj-Sveta Marija Magdalena;
  • on the DC50 Sveti Rok-Gračac state road;
  • on the DC54 Maslenica-Zaton Obrovački state road;
  • on the DC25 Gospić-Karlobag state road;
  • on the DC218 Bjelopolje-Donji Lapac state road;
  • on the ŽC5217 Dobroselo-Mazin regional road.

Passenger traffic is allowed only:

  • on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Kikovica and Delnice junctions;
  • on the A7 Rijeka bypass road between Škurinje and Orehovica junctions, detour: Rijeka;
  • on the part of the DC8 Adriatic road Novi Vinodolski-Senj;
  • at Pag bridge;
  • at Krk bridge.

On the DC8 Adriatic road from Bakar to Novi Vinodolski, on the A7 Draga (Rijeka Istok)-Šmrika motorway, on the DC99 Križišće junction-Križišće state road and on the LC58107 Kraljevica-Križišće local road there is a traffic ban on: doubledeckers, trailers, motorcycles, delivery vans and vehicles with covered cargo area.

Due to a freight vehicle accident traffic is suspended on the DC27 Obrovac-Gračac state road.

Due to a traffic accident on the DC59 Kistanje-Knin state road at Radučić one lane is free only.

Attention to many trees and branches fallen on the road in the area of Pula and Labin!

Due to winter driving conditions there is a traffic ban on freight vehicles with a trailer and all other vehicles have to use the winter equipment on the following roads of

Gorski kotar mountain area:

  • A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway, section Bosiljevo 2-Kikovica;
  • DC3 Karlovac-Vrbovsko-Delnice-Gornje Jelenje-Kikovica;
  • DC32 Prezid-Delnice;
  • DC42 Vrbovsko-Josipdol-Stubica-Ogulinski Hreljin;
  • DC203 Brod na Kupi-Delnice;
  • DC305 Parg-Čabar;
  • DC501 Gornje Jelenje-Oštrovica-Meja;
  • DC549 Vrata-Fužine;
  • ŽC5094 Ledenice-Stalak;
  • regional and local roads in the area of Vrbovsko, Delnice, Čabar and Gornje Jelenje;

Lika mountain area:

  • A1 motorway, section Gospić-Maslenica (Rovanjska);
  • DC1 Karlovac-Zagorje-Grabovac-Korenica-Udbina-Gračac-Knin;
  • DC23 Duga Resa-Josipdol-Kapela-Žuta Lokva-Senj;
  • DC25 Korenica-Lički Osik-Gospić;
  • DC27 Gračac-Zaton Obrovački;
  • DC33 Strmica-Knin;
  • DC42 Munjava-Grabovac;
  • DC50 Žuta Lokva-Gospić-Gračac;
  • DC52 Špilnik-Korenica;
  • DC59 Bribirske Mostine-Knin;
  • DC218 Bjelopolje-Donji Lapac-Užljebić;
  • DC429 Selište Drežničko-Prijeboj;
  • ŽC5217 Bruvno-Mazin;
  • regional and local roads in Ličko-senjska county.

For freight vehicles with trailers there is currently no open road connecting the interior with Dalmatia and with the area of Rijeka and Istria.

Drivers are asked to adjust the way of driving and driving speed to road conditions, to keep the safety distance and not to start the journey without the winter equipment!

Sunday, 26 February 2023

How Many Russians and Ukrainians are Living in Croatia?

February 26, 2023 - It is just over a year since carnage was unleashed in Ukraine, leading to millions of Ukrainians forced to flee the country.  How many ended up in Croatia?

It has been 12 months of heartwarming stories of Croatians opening their arms to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine. Memories of their own Homeland War less than 30 years ago are very fresh in the memory, and the overall Croatian response has been outstanding. 

The influx of Ukrainians into Croatian society is plain to see, from the school and kindergartens to the labour market. But just how many Ukrainians came to Croatia? 

Russians opposed to Putin and/or looking to avoid conscription have also left Russia in their droves. 

I recently contacted the Ministry of the Interior to get statistics on how many foreigners were living in Croatia with temporary and permanent residence. When I did the same request in 2018, MUP's information showed that there were just 29,156 foreigners here with temporary and permanent residence. Of those, only 5 - BiH,  Slovenia, Serbia, Germany and Italy - had more than 1,000 nationals in the country.  

How times change - the data as of December 31, 2022 below - 129,227 in all, a big jump.


Although I had expected the larger numbers from Nepal, India and the Philippines, I was surprised that there were not more Ukrainians. MUP explain that these were foreigners with either 1-yea temporary or permanent residence permits only, and that there were considerably more Ukrainians here, to which they put a number from my next enquiry:

There are currently 244 international protection applicants from the Russian Federation in the Republic of Croatia.

As regards the number of Ukrainian citizens who have arrived in the Republic of Croatia since the beginning of the war in Ukraine (since 25 February 2022), please note that a total of 22,450 persons displaced from Ukraine came to the Republic of Croatia until 19 February 2023.

For more on the changing demographics in Croatia, click here.

Read more... Croats Leaving, Foreigners Arriving, How to Preserve Hrvatska?


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Sunday, 26 February 2023

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from (February 26, 2023)

February 26, 2023 - Looking for a job in Croatia? A new weekly feature on TCN, in partnership with leading job site agency,, 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, who kindly took the time for this excellent interview overview.  

This week's top 10 jobs from

PLIVA Hrvatska d.o.o. is hiring a person in the position Specialist for digital projects (m/f). Place of work Zagreb. Strong communication skills and the ability to influence stakeholders at all organizational levels are required. Send complete applications via link by March 6th.

Thermo Stone d.o.o. is hiring a person in the position Human Resources Generalist (m/f). Place of work Novska. We offer a benefits package that applies to all our employees - annual performance bonus, holiday pay, meal allowance, Christmas and Easter bonus. Send complete applications via link by March 20th.

Silverhand Croatia is hiring a German-speaking recruitment assistant (m/f). Place of work Zadar. We offer the possibility of professional development in an international company with an attractive salary. Send complete applications via link by April 15th.

JGL d.d. is hiring a person in the position IT specialist of business systems (m/f). Place of work Rijeka. We offer a flexible benefits package in which you have the option of choosing the option that suits you best and the possibility of achieving an annual bonus depending on the company's results. Send complete applications via link until Feb 27th.

MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geräte GmbH is hiring a Software Developer (m/f/d). Place of work Innsbruck, Austria. Salary will be determined based on professional experience; the formal minimum salary according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement is € 41,691.44. Send complete applications via link by March 17th.

Studenac d.o.o. is hiring a Senior specialist in organization and data management (m/f). Place of work Omiš. We offer you support from colleagues and managers and a pleasant working atmosphere. Send complete applications via link by March 6th.

Bridge Personal & Service d.o.o. is hiring a person in the position of Software development / Software developer (m/f). Place of work Celton Austria. Minimum salary per KV 4,500.00 EUR GROSS/MONTH for full-time work. Send complete applications via link by March 13th.

Strabag BRVZ d.o.o. for services is hiring a person in the position of Senior Backend Developer (m/f/d). Place of work Zagreb. We offer you innovative, technologically challenging projects in an international environment. Work with us in a friendly, competent team of 70 developers. Send complete applications via link by March 12th.

Intra Lighting d.o.o. is hiring a person in the position Lighting designer (m/f). Place of work Zagreb. We offer participation in professional seminars in Croatia and abroad. Send complete applications via link by March 4th.

EMBL European Molecular Biology Laboratory is hiring a person for the position of IT Support Engineer (m/f). Place of work Heidelberg, Germany.we offer you the opportunity to work with the latest technology, being exposed to a fast-growing big data environment operating over 350 petabytes of scientific data and high-end computing across multiple centers to support science at EMBL. Send complete applications via link by March 9th.

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Sunday, 26 February 2023

Exploring the Land of Dalmatians by Albert Anthony

February 26, 2023 - A new book exploring the land of Dalmatians by Albert Anthony. 

Many people are already familiar with the popular breed of dogs known as Dalmatians, but did you know where they

originate from?  One young American business author went on a journey to discover the land of the Dalmatians, and

at the same time discover his own distant family lineage.

The business author, who writes on Amazon under pen name Albert Anthony, traces his ancestral roots to this region, and recently went on a journey to learn more about the area, using newly digitized birth & death records to trace his lineage as far back as the early 19th century.

An Ancient Land of Mountains & Sea.

The Dalmatia region, today in the southern coastal part of the Republic of Croatia stretching along the Adriatic Sea, was in ancient times part of the Roman Empire, and much later part of the Venetian Republic.  After the fall of the Venetian state, in the 19th century a Kingdom of Dalmatia was formed and became a province of the larger Austrian Empire during the Habsburg Dynasty.  After WWI, parts of Dalmatia went either to the newly formed Kingdom of Yugoslavia or the Kingdom of Italy, and after WWII it was part of Yugoslavia until the breakup of that state in 1991.

"This land and its people are used to adapting to change over the centuries, but one constant remains and that is the picturesque landscape of mountains touching the sea, the ancient cities, and archipelago of islands of this region that have now been attracting the camera lens of travelers for decades," Albert Anthony says.  "Besides being the origin of the Dalmatian breed of dogs, it is also a land of diverse people.  I see that every day in the food, music, traditions & architecture."

Providur Palaca - exhibit Nova Riva - 2.jpg

photo source:  author collection

A Long History of Trade & Commerce.

Due to its strategic position on the Adriatic Sea, the region has long been strategic in terms of trade & commerce.  Its major cities such as Zadar, Split, Sibenik, for example, are also significant ports & harbors, while in more recent years have experienced growth in air travel as well as modernized highways linking the region to the interior.

"Trading is already in the blood of many Dalmatians, so it was only natural that I saw myself as a business writer who often writes about building a culture of ownership & investing," the author remarks.  "Thanks to hi-speed wifi available today in most parts of this region, even on many islands, one eCommerce project I am able to manage is an eLearning course I teach on the global elearning platform Udemy.  You can be sitting in a Dalmatian coastal cafe and have students from the other side of the planet!"

The Emergence of Rural Tourism.

For many global travelers, the Dalmatia region is already known for its beaches and ancient cities to explore, but more recently a trend towards rural tourism is emerging, which is centered around attractions like rural lifestyles, olive oil, wine, & healthy living.

"Those of us who have worked in the IT sector know the importance of stepping away from the technology and getting out into the fresh air when possible, so I am seeing many more people lately experience the Dalmatia region beyond just the beaches and old towns, but experiencing the rural lifestyle as well," Albert Anthony reiterates.  "This is also leading to the growth of agrotourism as a subset of the tourism industry.  For example, travelers looking to experience authentic local olive oil at a centuries-old family farm with the Velebit Mountains in the background.  It is more than just a photo opportunity, it is about the holistic experience.  I predict this will help make Dalmatia a regional leader in this space, both economically & culturally.  After all, it did have its own kingdom once!"

Author Info & Links:

The author was born Albert Anthony Bozulic in the New York City area, and writes under pen name Albert Anthony.   You can reach the author via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or via Whatsapp at +385 (91) 7517997.

Saturday, 25 February 2023

Weather in Croatia: Beast From the East Bringing Sudden Temperature Drop

February 25, 2023 - The rapid change in the weather in Croatia is a consequence of the arrival of cold, unstable air from the north, pulled by an anticyclone stationed over Great Britain and a low-pressure cyclone developing over the Mediterranean Sea over the European mainland. Above the region is a boundary between cold air from the north and warm air from the south, rapidly moving in the form of a cold front from the northwest to the southeast.

As Poslovni / N1 report, with the passage of the cold front, cloudy, windy weather with rain, showers, and thunder is possible. On the night of Sunday, temperatures will drop noticeably; the rain will change to sleet and snow in the mountains. In the southern Adriatic, it will blow strongly from the south. In the afternoon, with a drop in temperature, a northeasterly wind will blow. On the night of Sunday in the northern Adriatic, a strong storm will move over the central Adriatic.

The morning air temperatures will be the highest day temperatures in most parts of the interior. Temperatures this morning were from 8 to 14, and the highest daily temperature on the Adriatic will be from 13 to 16 °C.

Noticeable drop in temperatures n the evening in the inland and the northern Adriatic region.

Tomorrow, on Sunday, it will be wintery, cloudy and windy with rain on the Adriatic, and snow and sleet in the inland with the formation of a snow cover.

Up to 20 cm of snow will fall in mountainous regions, and the wind will create gusts. In the northern and central Adriatic, a strong storm, and hurricane force winds in the coastal area of Velebit. In the southern Adriatic, strong to stormy jugo with heavy precipitation and thunderstorms. The jugo will turn to a storm in the afternoon and evening.

Morning air temperatures in the interior from -3 to 0, in mountainous areas around -4, in the northern and central Adriatic from 3 to 5, and in the southern and islands around 8. The highest daily temperatures in the inland from 0 to 3, and on the Adriatic from 5 to 8. With a strong wind, due to the high cooling index, it will feel up to 5 degrees lower in air temperature. All in all, a real bite of winter, a Beast from the East if you will.

Winter feeling from Monday. It will get colder, and in the first half of the week it will be cloudy with occasional rain, sleet and snow in the interior. A strong gale will blow in places on the Adriatic. Second part of the week will be cold, partly sunny with morning fog inland. Minimum air temperatures in the interior from -3 to 2, in mountainous regions around -6°C, on the Adriatic from 3 to 5°C.

The highest daily temperature in the interior will range from 2 to 5, in the mountainous regions around 0, and on the Adriatic from 6 to 10°C.

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Saturday, 25 February 2023

Ancient Salona Research: Sensational New Archaeological Discoveries

February 25, 2023 - The latest discoveries in Salona, an ancient city near Split, show that the site is almost a third larger than previously known and confirm that ancient Salona was a large city in an extremely important strategic position of the Roman Empire. The value of these discoveries is sensational, according to the conservators.

"These discoveries and their presentation will soon become a great archaeological sensation like the world-famous Aquileia and Pompeii and will have a significant share in the economic development of the city of Solin," Radoslav Buzancic, head of the Conservation Department in Split, said for Hina, as reported by Poslovni.

The presentation of the ancient Salona will be developed through the generations and long into the future, he said, noting that some newly discovered finds, such as mosaics, will be presented in the Cultural Centre. "It is not one project, but many projects with the same goal, financed from different sources," Buzancic pointed out, adding that "the process of the physical presentation of the ancient Salon in the city and outside it is related to future research and spatial planning policies of the city, which the Ministry of Culture and Media has always supported."

The latest research carried out south of Gospin Otok on the left bank of the river Jadro revealed parts of the city ramparts that give a new image of ancient Salona and show that the city was larger than previously thought. These ramparts, Buzancic explains, stretch south of Gradina to Marko Marulic Street, from where they turn west to Sirina.

The analysis of archaeological research has established, he emphasizes, that Gospin Otok, as well as the entire part of the city to Maruliceva Street, was located inside Salona. In archeological research on Sirina, walls that we know from 19th-century blueprints were found, towers that were not drawn at the time, and economic complexes of buildings within those walls.

The new findings shed an entirely new light on ancient Salona

New finds, not only the ramparts of the southern part of the city, but the sensational finds of monumental buildings and infrastructure, as well as the finds of stone sculptures and sculptures found in these investigations, shed a completely new light on ancient Salona, Buzancic points out.

Among them, he singles out "the imperial building with mosaics between the post office and the monastery of the Sisters of the Handmaids of Little Jesus, the ancient road with a huge canal opposite the same monastery, the large thermal baths that have only been partially explored on the stretch from Tuđmanova Street to the City Administration building, as well as the southern gate of the city which are located under the road in Petra Kresimira IV Street, together with the previously found channel and bridge north of Tudmanova street."

Salona, Buzancic explains, is a huge Roman city with Illyrian and Greek roots. It was the port of Delmata until the age of Augustus. It began to develop as an important urban center of Illyricum, with new walls and monumental gates, a forum, and temples erected.

The Flavian dynasty left a memory of its rule in the vast arena built west of the old city. In the time of Marcus Aurelius, in the middle of the 2nd century AD, the city, walled with ramparts and towers, reached the size of what, Buzancic notes, was considered the ancient Salona until recently.

"It was a significant city in an important strategic position, the center of Illyria, which was destroyed and rebuilt many times because of this. It flourished in the period from the creation of the Roman Empire to the Gothic Wars, was rebuilt into a large and important late antique center, with the seat of a huge archdiocese that reached to the Sava and the Danube to the north, destroyed by the invasion of the Avars and left to the Croats, who built the center on the ruins of Salona his medieval state", he explains.

Salona, Buzancic points out, has great importance for Croatian history and statehood, as well as an educational character that brings knowledge of such an important ancient center of the Mediterranean. According to him, it is also a huge Christian archaeological site with a history that goes back to the apostolic times.

Ancient Salona research will continue

The latest discoveries in Salona are the work of the skill and expertise of Croatian conservators. According to Buzancic, who were never behind the Italian ones, Salona was better protected than the famous Pompeii, which experienced great devastation a few years ago when entire parts of attractive ancient buildings collapsed.

"In the past, the buildings in Salona were destroyed so that the enemy army would not use them as fortifications, but the construction was still so solid that despite all that, it was not completely destroyed," explains Buzancic .

He adds that parts of the architecture partially preserved as ruins were once extremely sensitive to earthquakes. "This can be a great danger, especially if it is a question of slender columns on which parts of a massive structure are located," warns Buzancic.

In Solin, there have been protective archaeological investigations for years, which, he reminds, necessarily precede construction works and are financed by the Investor. Systematic archaeological research in Salona is financed from the state budget and EU funds, and some research is co-financed by the City of Solin.

Salona's research will continue. Thus, the insights into the ancient past of the current Solin region will continue to expand. The discoveries bridge the almost two-millennium time gap between the current Solin and the former Salona, a fortress of the Roman Empire in Dalmatia. The exciting archaeological story of Salona turns into a promising magnet for visitors.

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Saturday, 25 February 2023

Dubrovnik Traffic to be Restricted in the Old Town Area

February 25, 2023 - With the city being one of the main tourist hubs of Croatia, it is to be expected that Dubrovnik traffic might need some adjustment, especially around the old town area.

As Index writes, mayor Mato Frankovic presented a draft decision on traffic restrictions in the contact zone of Duborvnik's old town to reduce traffic jams in the heart of Dubrovnik and the negative impact on the monumental heritage. Frankovic emphasized that the draft is based on UNESCO guidelines and the Management Plan for the old town.

"Given that Dubrovnik is the first to issue such a document, I expect business entities and citizens to participate in the public consultation for the next 30 days so that the final decision is as high-quality and realistic as possible and so that we change it as little as possible in the future. This dialogue is extremely important to us," said Frankovic.

"We want to reduce crowds and give priority to the population of Dubrovnik"

He noted that the recent changes to the Road Traffic Safety Act were the prerequisite for drafting the decision. "We want to reduce crowds and give priority to the population of Dubrovnik, with a special emphasis on the residents of the old town," said Frankovic.

The draft defines five categories of vehicles with different rules. Citizens who have had a registered residence in the zone for more than one year, as well as public transport vehicles, mopeds, motorcycles, emergency services, armed forces, and HGSS, will be able to move freely in the zone of the special traffic regime.

Special category

The same will be possible for everyone with a PPK (privileged parking ticket), pre-paid parking, parking lot, or garage space outside the system of public parking lots.

A special category includes operations in transporting people and cargo, while the traffic of tourist buses, 7+1 and 8+1 passenger vehicles, and car sharing can continue under the current conditions. Access to the old town will be prohibited for campers, camper vans, tractors, and similar vehicles.

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Friday, 24 February 2023

A Week in Croatian Politics - Croatian-Ukrainian Solidarity, Sundays and Eggs

February the 24th, 2023 - This week in Croatian politics, we've seen the marking of one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, messages of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, a deeper look into what makes Plenkovic tick, discussions around working Sundays... Oh, and some eggs.

An anti-war protest is held in Zagreb as the one year anniversary since Russia's horrific invasion of Ukraine is marked

An anti-war protest has been being held today here in the heart of Zagreb on the occasion of the anniversary of the shocking Russian invasion of Ukraine.

''Expressing solidarity with the victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine, we, feminists and peacekeepers from Croatia, alongside the rally "Stop the War Now" want to encourage those responsible to stop the suffering of the Ukrainian people as soon as possible. We'll send our requests to the addresses of the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of Croatia, reminding them that Croatia, which itself survived the Homeland War with many scars, is morally and humanly obliged to make the maximum effort for peace.

On this day, demonstrations for peace are being held all over Europe and around the world. We're joining all the people who demand an end to the war in Ukraine, the arms race and the start of peace talks! Negotiating does not mean surrendering, arming yourself does not mean winning. As peacemakers and feminists, we especially support related peace initiatives and efforts in Ukraine, in Russia and around the rest of the world. We demand the following from the Croatian Government and the President of the Republic of Croatia, the competent bodies of the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), as well as international bodies in charge of security and cooperation:

- The immediate cessation of the war, killing and war-related destruction;
- Demilitarisation and serious diplomatic efforts to initiate negotiations and the peace process;
- The launching of a new security and peace agreement that would include all countries on the territory of Europe;
- The launching of a new global agreement on arms control, especially in regard to nuclear weapons;
- Systemic support for women in war zones because militarism and warrior machismo reinforce gender-based violence including rape, prostitution and trafficking in women;
- The ensuring of the rights of civilian victims, including victims of sexual violence in war, in accordance with international criminal law;
- Full respect for the rights and protection of all displaced persons and exiles, including conscientious objectors who refuse to participate in this or any other war.

We know that peace isn't just about stopping war. Peace is a long-term process in which women are the supporting actors of social healing and the normalisation of life and care for the most vulnerable groups in our society. Therefore, as feminists and activists, we oppose:

- The imperial division of the world, the global escalation of conflicts, any new arms race and the maximisation of the profits of the military-industrial complex;
- The current atmosphere that generates preparations for further wars on a global scale;
- Hate speech and warmongering media coverage;
- Increasing the budget for further armaments because this means less funds for education, healthcare and social services and the fight against natural disasters and climate change;
- We'd like invite the media to report responsibly and impartially, including reporting on peace activities while respecting the majority commitment of European citizens to peace.

Peace building processes take decades and must take place at all social levels. Therefore, we're asking all responsible political actors to act in accordance with international conventions on human security and peace and to prevent further destruction, human suffering, killing and forced displacement by starting peace negotiations," reads the call to protest signed by the Ad Hoc Feminist Anti-War Coalition, which is supported by the following organisations:

The Centre for female victims of war - ROSA
The Centre for Women's Studies in Zagreb
The Centre for Peace Studies
Documenta – The Centre for dealing with the past
Women's room - The Centre for victims of sexual violence
The Croatian Women's Network

Parliament speaker Goran Jandrokovic assures Ukrainians that they can count on Croatia's unwavering support until the very end

As we mark the solemn anniversary of the launch of the full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Croatian politics turned to the topic of solidarity. Parliament speaker Goran Jandrokovic has made sure to assure Ukrainian nationals, be they displaced and living in Croatia and the rest of the EU or at home fighting in Ukraine, that they can count on Croatia's support until the end. A minute of silence in the Croatian Parliament then followed.

"I'd very much like to begin today's session by recalling the events which took place back on February the 24th, 2022, as this marked the beginning of the brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine. We followed the news that reached us that morning in total and utter disbelief, deep concern and palpable anxiety. That day, war returned to our European continent, dragging the Ukrainian people into a bloody fight for their own bare existence. The defenders of Ukraine, despite many expectations, surprised their aggressors, they met the Russians with strong resistance, they showed and continue to show how to love their homeland even in the most difficult circumstances," said Jandrokovic at the beginning of the session.

"We in Croatia can very much identify with that, and memories of the sacrifices made in the Homeland War are the reason for our special form of empathy towards the Ukrainian people. The Croatian Parliament reacted extremely quickly and just one day after the Russian aggression we almost unanimously adopted the Declaration on Ukraine, which sent a timely and strong political message of condemnation of Russia's aggression and confirmed our support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine," said Jandrokovic.

"The Ukrainian people can count on Croatia's undying solidarity and continued support in their righteous struggle for freedom. We will remain at Ukraine's side until their victory, because Croatia really does deeply understand the Ukrainian struggle. That's why Croats are obliged to stand by Ukrainians, and we must make sure we're on the same, correct side of history," said Jandrokovic.

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Goran Grlic-Radman also stated at the UN that Ukraine must not be forced to wait for years before it wins its freedom like Croatia had to.

In lighter news, a man has been arrested and fined for throwing eggs at HDZ's official building

One Zagreb resident decided to take out his frustrations with Croatian politics and the way HDZ does things by launching eggs at their Zagreb building. The Zagreb resident, known to the public solely as Boris B (44), now has to pay a fine after having been found guilty at the Zagreb Magistrate's Court for throwing the aforementioned eggs at the HDZ building during a protest back in September 2022.

According to the verdict, on September the 10th, 2022 at around 13:30 on Victims of Fascism Square, during a protest, he violated public order and peace as a protest participant.

"Arriving in front of the central office of the HDZ party, he took out the eggs, which he threw at the door of the aforementioned building, causing it to hit the front door and break, therefore, in a public place (the street), he disturbed public order and peace, thereby committing the crime misdemeanor from Article 13 of the Law on Offenses against Public Order and Peace, punishable under the same article of the same Law," reads the explanation of the verdict.

The egg-thrower apparently arrived on a bicycle, pulled out a Cedevita box, and the eggs were taken out of it.

A police officer identified as Marko S testified at the trial, and according to him, he says he saw a man who left his bike on the pavement and came to the protective fence in front of the front door of HDZ's headquarters.

"He took a Cedevita box out from his backpack, grabbed something from it and threw it at the front door, and then I saw that it was an egg that broke and spilled down onto the door, after which he walked away back to the bike," the policeman testified. He added that approached the man and asked him for his ID, which he provided without any problem. After that, he was taken to the police station for further questioning.

Boris B. was sentenced in absentia, considering that he didn't bother to respond to the summons of the court. He was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of 53 euros (which could buy a whole lot of eggs), and he must also pay 40 euros for the costs of the misdemeanor procedure, the judge decided. The verdict is final and can be appealed.

Political scientist Berto Salaj says it's important for PM Andrej Plenkovic to be the longest serving Croatian Prime Minister

''Say what you like about him, but he gets things done'' is one of the main messages taken from political scientist Bero Salaj's opinions on Plenkovic published by Index.

Berto Salaj, a political scientist and professor from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, commented on Croatian politics for N1, more precisely on the opposition's initiative to impeach Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic due to the latest scandals revealed in the media. Answering the question of whether anything could shake the prime minister, Salaj said that this initiative to impeach the prime minister will certainly not succeed. 

"If we look at public opinion surveys, HDZ is still between 25 and 30 percent. Not a single opposition party exceeds 15 percent. It's questionable whether this way of pointing out corruption is a good way to fight against Plenkovic at all. It seems to me that we've already learned that when it comes to Croatian politics, this just isn't a good way of going about things. Now there would have to be an affair where the clues would lead to the prime minister himself, for the prime minister to be caught on the spot with his fingers in the till, as it were," Salaj stated.

"Neither Grbin, nor Bencic, nor Grmoja enjoy the trust of citizens like Plenkovic does"

The political scientist advised the opposition to start thinking about how to increase the turnout of citizens in the elections. He believes that this and this alone would be the key to their victory.

"It's simply illusory to expect that HDZ's rating could erode dramatically in the coming period. In the perception of the citizens, none of the current leaders enjoy the trust Andrej Plenkovic does from people. Say what you like about him, he is how he is, but he gets things done. On the other hand, we have all these corruption scandals and an attempt to control independent institutions," says Salaj.

"I think it's important for Plenkovic to be the longest-serving prime minister"

Salaj also believes that some changes could happen within Croatian politics only if Plenkovic fails to stop spiralling inflation, something that is affecting everyone and everything. He believes that it is important for Plenkovic to be the longesr serving prime minister of Croatia.

The Croatian Government has remained fixated on the topic of working on Sundays, and a document to reduce the amount of working Sundays has now been published

Remember when everyone in Croatian politics and beyond was going on about banning or severely limiting working Sundays? Well they still are. You can read much more about it here.


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