Politics

Saturday, 8 October 2022

Expert Ivica Katavic Explains Why Croatian Food Prices are Extortionate

October the 8th, 2022 - Ivica Katavic from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) has attempted to explain just why Croatian food prices are extortionate at the moment, even when compared to the prices of the same items elsewhere in Europe. Contrary to popular belief, ridiculous Croatian VAT rates aren't the only thing causing the issue during these difficult times dominated by inflationary pressures. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, we're currently witnessing an increase in the price of almost everything, almost every single day we end up unpleasantly surprised by a new, noticeably higher price of some very ordinary ingredient or food.…
Friday, 7 October 2022

Race for 2.2 Billion Kuna Post-Pandemic Croatian Tourism Aid Package Begins

October the 7th, 2022 - The proverbial race for a massive 2.2 billion kuna post-pandemic Croatian tourism aid package is now on, with the focus being placed on the continental part of the country as well as on the coast. As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, on Wednesday this week, the Ministry of Tourism and Sport announced public calls/invitations for the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Croatian: NPOO) which comes with a total value of 2.2 billion kuna. "I'm extremely proud that we've managed to reach this step, because the road to it was extremely demanding. I consider the fact that 2.2…
Thursday, 6 October 2022

Croatian Euro Coins Available for Purchase as of December 1, 2022

October the 6th, 2022 - Brand new Croatian euro coins will be made available for both people and business entities to purchase as of the 1st of December, 2022 as official Croatian Eurozone accession is set to occur on the 1st of January, 2023. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, approximately 420 million Croatian euro coins with national motifs weighing as much as 3.7 tonnes are currently being produced, and they will be offered to all people and business entities from December the 1st, 2022. The one euro coin features the image of a wood marten, which is an animal similar to a…
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Croatia Entering Eurozone in Turbulent Times, What are the Positives?

October the 5th, 2022 - Croatia is entering the Eurozone during particularly difficult and turbulent times, following a global pandemic, and now during the Russia-Ukraine war which has resulted in spiralling inflation and an energy crisis, but what are the positives? As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, all Croatian kuna that people have at home will have to be exchanged for euros unless they want to keep hold of it for historical, nostalgic purposes (and I'm sure we'll all be keeping a coin or two). It's interesting to note that some of that money will be flowing into the purchase of real…
Sunday, 2 October 2022

Croatian Fixed-Term Employment Limited to Three Year Period

October the 2nd, 2022 - Croatian fixed-term employment is set to be limited to a maximum of three years, and in addition to minor modifications that were incorporated into the initial proposal for amendments to the Labour Law after public consultation, a series of new legal solutions will soon be presented to parliamentarians. As Poslovni Dnevnik/Jadranka Dozan writes, last week, the government adopted a proposal for legal amendments that should enter into force at the beginning of next year, with the exception of provisions related to work via digital platforms as one of the new forms of work, for which the…
Saturday, 1 October 2022

Building of Ex Yugoslavian Consulate in NYC Sold, Croatia Due a Cut

October the 1st, 2022 - Relics of the former Yugoslavia still stand despite the fact that that era has long since been over, one of those relics is the luxurious former Yugoslavian Consulate building in New York City, which has now been sold off. Croatia, as a former socialist Yugoslav republic turned independent state, is owed a cut. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a luxurious villa on sparkling Fifth Avenue in the heart of New York that once served as the embassy of the former Yugoslavia has now been sold, Dnevnik reports. The sale of the former Yugoslavian Consulate building on Fifth…
Friday, 30 September 2022

ERBD's Prognosis for Croatian GDP Growth Considerably Improved

September the 30th, 2022 - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has given its improved prognosis for Croatian GDP growth. The global coronavirus pandemic which halted tourism and created unprecedented circumstances across the board had tremendously negative effects on the domestic economy. Tourism, being the strongest economic branch this country has, making up 20 percent of Croatian GDP, took a hit like no other as planes stopped arriving. Things, however, seem to be on the up despite ongoing spiralling inflation and the horrific situation still unfolding in Ukraine following Russian invasion earlier this year. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes,…
Thursday, 29 September 2022

Croatian Position on 2022 Digital Competitiveness Ranking Improved

September the 29th, 2022 - The Croatian position on this year's digital competitiveness ranking has improved somewhat, but it is still lagging quite significantly behind many countries. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the main finding of the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2022 published by the World Competitiveness Centre (WCC) places Denmark in first place, the USA in second place, and the Republic o Croatia in 43rd place out of 63 observed countries. "Governments and the private sector must invest in all areas – in talent, training and education, scientific concentration and research and development – ​​to protect their digital infrastructure from…
Friday, 23 September 2022

Croatian 2021 Census: Less Inhabitants, Less Men, Less Catholics

September the 23rd, 2022 - The final Croatian 2021 Census results have finally been published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), which shows that there are less inhabitants, less men, and less people who identify as Catholic. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Central Bureau of Statistics has now published the final results of the Croatian 2021 Census on the total population by gender and age, as well as by ethnicity, religion, citizenship and mother tongue. According to the Croatian 2021 Census, the Republic of Croatia currently has 3,871,833 inhabitants, of which 1,865,129 are men (48.17%) and 2,006,704 are women…
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

30,000+ Illegal Buildings in Istria, Labin Mayor Announces Measures

September the 21st, 2022 - There are a shocking 30,000+ illegally constructed buildings in Istria, and Labin Mayor Valter Glavicic has announced measures to combat such ''wild'' construction practices. As Morski writes, the topic of the illegal felling of as many as six hectares of forest which stretches across the protected Labin-Rabac-Prtlog area by a private company called Mari Top from Zagreb has opened pandora's box when it comes to illegality in Istria. The subject was broached by not only the Labin Mayor, but also by the director of the Natura Histrica Public Institution, Silvia Buttignoni. This led to discussions…
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

5000 New People Employed in Croatian Public Sector in Just Two Years

September the 21st, 2022 - The over-inflated Croatian public sector has become richer for a massive 5000 new employees in a relatively short period of just two years. Many people refer to the public sector in this country as being bloated, with others considering that the vast majority of the jobs people are employed for within the sector no longer necessary. Hopes were high that the digital era that Croatia has been more or less forced into by the coronavirus pandemic would see enormous changes to this, but it doesn't seem as if things have gone quite as digital with…
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