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Sunday, 20 November 2022

Seasonal Workers from Third Countries Getting Scammed by Croatian Agencies

November 20, 2022 - After the summer season in Croatia, thousands of seasonal workers from the so-called third countries were left unemployed. As Poslovni / Dnevnik report, this year alone, 105,000 work permits were issued. There are more and more workers from third-world countries like Nepal, the Philippines, and India. Agencies promised them good salaries, accommodation, meals, transportation, and visa processing, but many still had to pay hundreds of euros to come and work in Croatia. Many were left on the road, without money, and practically in debt to slavery. What is worrying is that the Croatian institutions have almost…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

End of an Era: Shops to be Required to Charge for Light Plastic Bags

November 20, 2022 - End of an era in Croatia. No more free tiny little plastic bags. According to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, shops will be required to display the prices of the plastic bags used for fruit and vegetables. As Poslovni writes, with the new ordinance on packaging, which should enter into force next year, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development will introduce a return fee for packaging with a volume of less than 0.20 liters for tetrapak and which is not made of PET. At the same time, retailers will have to start charging…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

Exploring Croatian Recipes: How Slavonian Can You Go? Pogacice sa Cvarcima

November 20, 2022 - It is getting cold in Croatia, the days are long and dark, and the Slavonian soul is starting to crave the hearty food of its childhood. The recipe we’re bringing today is like a warm hug from your grandmother, with just a little dose of a heart attack. But it’s worth it. Time for pogacice sa cvarcima. This is one of those recipes that you needed to start preparing last year. It is made with one of the most exceptional ingredients you can find in Slavonia. We have no idea if there is an official name…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

Is It Time for The Croatian National Bank to React to Inflation?

November the 20th, 2022 - Is it time the Croatian National Bank (CNB) reacted to the ongoing inflationary pressures we're all continuing to face? What could happen as costs spiral over the coming months? As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Blaskovic writes, October 2022's inflation of 13.2 percent at the annual level exceeded expectations and broke records yet again. Economists continue to struggle with predictions, people are increasingly angry because they can afford less and less, and the window for companies to elegantly pass on the impact of costs to customers is constantly narrowing. That said, long-term inflation, which has remained rather stubbornly in…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

New Rules for Croatian Documents Which Aren't Picked Up on Time

November the 20th, 2022 - COVID-19 rules saw some changes to those who needed new Croatian documents such as ID cards and driving licenses, and MUP has further explained the rules which will remain in place for now. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, let's say you asked for some new Croatian documents such as a new ID card from MUP but you didn't have time to pick it up or you simply forgot about it - don't worry. Your new or updated Croatian documents still at the police station, due to the situation caused by COVID-19, all Croatian documents whose pick up…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

Do Most Croatian Counties Need to be Scrapped Once and For All?

November the 20th, 2022 - Is it time to finally scrap Croatian counties, of which there are an obnoxious amount, employing an even more obnoxious number of people? With an enormous number of people employed in positions that nobody quite understands over the last thirty years - most believe so. As Index/Vedran Salvia writes, some believe that Croatian counties created by a legally convicted criminal organisation, are an important lever of the entire social and state system. These seemingly pointless Croatian counties are the ones in which careers are made, and where you can allegedly advance even more easily if you…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

Hvar Nominated in 3 Categories in 2023 Travel + Leisure Awards

November 20, 2022 - The international media love affair with the island of Hvar continues, with Croatia's premier island nominated in 3 categories doe the prestigious 2023 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards.  When I bought my house in Jelsa on the island of Hvar way back in 2002, I had not heard of the island 2 days before I arrived. It looked very pretty, but I had no idea just how pretty. While walking by the harbour, there was a board with a map of the island, on which was written that the island of Hvar was one of…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

'Dani Okusa' Opens as Zagreb County Showcases Its Gourmet Credentials

November 20, 2022 - Good things are happening in the food and wine scene in Zagreb County, with Dani Okusa (Days of Flavours) currently underway and offering a delightful introduction.  One of the many joys of moving to Zagreb last year has been the chance to be able to explore Zagreb County in greater detail. It is a county which is often ignored, but as I quickly realised, one full of several surprises. Who would have thought, for example, that you do not have to go all the way to Istria to hunt for truffles - they are right there…
Sunday, 20 November 2022

Looking for a Job in Croatia? This Week's Top 10 from Posao.hr (November 20, 2022)

November 20, 2022 - Looking for a job in Croatia? A new weekly feature on TCN, in partnership with leading job site agency, Posao.hr, who present a selection of weekly job listings. How hard is it to find a job in Croatia, and what is on offer? We spoke to Ines Bokan, director of leading jobs site Posao.hr, who kindly took the time for this excellent interview overview.   Ines has kindly agreed to work with us on a new weekly feature on TCN - a weekly selection of 10 job listings, as chosen by Posao.hr.  Details and links to the…
Saturday, 19 November 2022

Croatia, a Survival Kit for Foreigners: 1st Promo in Zagreb

November 18, 2022 - The first public presentation of Croatia, a Survival Kit for Foreigners, took place at the Hocu Knjigu Megastore in Zagreb on Wednesday. If you think living in Croatia is a challenge, try self-publishing a book.  It is about 4 months since I started writing a series on LinkedIn called 20 Ways that Croatia Changed Me in 20 Years, as I looked to improve my presence on that increasingly relevant platform. Around six weeks later, ably assisted by TCN Editor, Lauren Simmonds, a 256-page book to help foreigners understand the realities of life here, as well as…
Friday, 18 November 2022

A Week in Croatian Politics - Taxes on Taxes, Drones and Spanish Royalty

This week in Croatian politics, we've had everything from Spanish royalty visiting the country for the very first time to Milanovic insulting the foreign minister, missiles hitting Poland, complaints about taxes being put on taxes and still not actually knowing who dropped a drone on Zagreb back in March. PM Andrej Plenkovic meets the Spanish king Andrej Plenkovic met with the Spanish king during the very first visit of the Spanish royals to the Republic of Croatia this week. King Felipe VI of Spain and Plenkovic sat down to discuss economic cooperation, the ongoing energy crisis, migrant policies and Croatia's imminent…
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