Politics

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

HDZ Launches Disciplinary Proceedings against Its Member Damir Škugor

ZAGREB, 29 August 2022 - The head of the ruling HDZ party's branch in Zagreb's Maksimir district, Stanko Gačić, said on Monday the party had launched disciplinary proceedings against its member Damir Škugor, arrested on suspicion of masterminding a scam in which the INA energy group was defrauded of more than HRK 1 billion. In an operation launched on Saturday by the USKOK anti-corruption office and the police, five persons were arrested on suspicion of wrongdoing with INA's natural gas, which was sold below the market price. Investigators believe the suspects bought gas from INA for €19.5 and sold it for…
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Minister: Accounts of Suspects in Gas Trading Scam Blocked Thanks to State Bodies

ZAGREB, 29 August, 2022 - Interior Minister Davor Božinović has said that thanks to actions by state bodies, data were collected and bank accounts were blocked, preventing major damage to the INA company in a case of fraud exceeding one billion kuna, and that corporate procedures that failed to detect the fraud are a different matter. "I am satisfied that the police, Tax Administration, the Uskok anti-corruption office, and other competent services collected enough evidence in a long-lasting investigation to file charges and identify the perpetrators," Božinović told reporters in Obrežje after meeting with Slovenian counterpart Tatjana Bobnar. He underscored that thanks to the…
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Razor-Wire Fence Removal Symbol of Slovenia-Croatia Friendship, Ministers Say

ZAGREB, 29 August, 2022 - Interior ministers Davor Božinović of Croatia and Tatjana Bobnar of Slovenia said on Monday the removal of razor-wire fences from the Croatian-Slovenian border was a symbol of the two countries' friendship and good cooperation. Slovenia started erecting the fence on the Croatian border during the 2015 migrant crisis. Early in July this year, its government adopted a decision to start removing it. At her first meeting with Božinović, Bobnar said the razor-wire fence was a disproportionate tool and that its removal was "a symbol of the friendship and good cooperation between the states." "The symbolism of removing the…
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Josip Perkusic, 1st Croatian UN Youth Delegate: Not all Dark for Cro Youth

August 30, 2022 - The election of a youth delegate to the United Nations is foreseen by the act by which Croatia, as a member state of the UN, adopted the content accepted by the World Program of Action for Youth from 1995. As Poslovni writes, for the first time in 2020, the procedure for selecting youth representatives took place at that largest international organisation. Josip Perkušić, a 24-year-old law student from Split at the time, was chosen for this role from a number of applicants for the previous two years. It's worth the effort These days, it will be…
Monday, 29 August 2022

Do Benefits of Croatian Eurozone Accession Outweigh Risks?

August the 29th, 2022 - Croatian Eurozone accession is just around the corner, with all requirements filled, all boxes ticked and the date for entry marked out for the 1st of January, 2023. The public is still divided on the issue, however, so what are some of the advantages and some of the risks and costs of Croatia finally becoming a Eurozone member? As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marina Marovic writes, here is no alternative to joining the Eurozone for Croatia, as it was part of the referendum the country held on joining the bloc. It did so back in July 2013 and according…
Sunday, 28 August 2022

Grbin: Announcement about INA Buyback Came to Nothing, Plunder Continues

ZAGREB, 27 August, 2022 - SDP leader Peđa Grbin said on Saturday that Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's announcement about a plan to buy back Hungarian energy group MOL's stake in Croatian peer INA had come to nothing while the plunder at the once successful company was continuing, a reference to arrests made earlier in the day. Earlier on Saturday several persons, including an INA executive, were arrested on suspicion of abuse of trust in doing business and money laundering in gas trading, which, according to available information, has caused damage to INA in the amount of more than HRK 100 million. "Six years ago Plenković announced INA's buyback.…
Sunday, 28 August 2022

Shots Fired at SDP Headquarters, No Casualties

ZAGREB, 27 August, 2022 - Shots were fired at the main offices of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in downtown Zagreb on Friday afternoon but fortunately there were no casualties even though employees were in the building at the time of the shooting, the party said on Saturday. "The SDP is appalled at and strongly condemns this act. Any violence against or an attack on the property of any party is unacceptable and deplorable, especially an act as dangerous and mindless as this one," the party said. An on-the-site investigation was carried out due to damage caused to a window on…
Sunday, 28 August 2022

MOST: Government Manipulating Figures on Post-Earthquake Reconstruction

ZAGREB, 27 August, 2022 - MOST party member of parliament Nikola Grmoja and Sisak-Moslavina County Assembly member Luca Gašpar Šako said on Saturday the government was manipulating figures on the post-earthquake reconstruction process in Sisak-Moslavina County. "It is not true that 3,500 houses have been repaired and that construction work and investments have been underway. Twenty months after the earthquake dangerous structures have not been removed yet," Gašpar Šako, a member of the MOST party, said. Structures damaged in the 29 December 2020 earthquake have started collapsing, she said, adding that wooden prefabricated houses, which take 60 days to build, had not…
Sunday, 28 August 2022

Finance Ministry says It Helped in Investigation into Gas Trading Wrongdoing

ZAGREB, 27 August, 2022 - The Croatian Finance Ministry said on Saturday it had actively participated in an investigation into a case involving abuse of trust in doing business and money laundering in gas trading, which resulted in the arrest of several persons on Saturday. Investigators of the USKOK anti-corruption office earlier in the day arrested Damir Škugor, an executive in the INA oil company, and his father. Also arrested were owners of the OMS Upravljanje company, businessman Goran Husić and Josip Šurjak, president of the Croatian Bar Association. Marija Ratkić, management board chair at the Plinara istočne Slavonije gas company, whose supervisory board includes Damir…
Sunday, 28 August 2022

Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic Says Croatia 200 Years Ahead Economically

August the 28th, 2022 - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic rarely has a good word to say about Croatia, and his recent statement that Croatia is 200 years ahead of Serbia in the economic sense came as quite a surprise, despite it being quite the backhanded compliment. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Saturday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic proposed current Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic as his candidate for the composition of the new Serbian Government, announced the postponement of the Pride Parade, and also said that the Republic of Croatia had always been economically more advanced than Serbia, both during the time…
Saturday, 27 August 2022

Government to Use All Mechanisms to Protect Croatian Pilots

ZAGREB, 26 August, 2022 - War Veterans' Affairs Minister Tomo Medved said on Friday, at a meeting with four pilots of Croatia's Air Force from Operation Storm that the Croatian state, its institutions, and especially the government would use all mechanisms to protect them from accusations from Serbia. Minister Medved and Justice and Public Administration Minister Ivan Malenica held a meeting at the government headquarters with the four pilots of Croatia's Air Force from the 1995 Operation Storm about the war crimes indictments issued against them by Serbia. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of War Veterans' Affairs, the…
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