Politics

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Parliamentary Committee Endorses Bills on Copyright, Electronic Media

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - The Croatian Parliament's Information and Media Committee on Tuesday endorsed the Copyright and Related Rights Bill and the Electronic Media Bill after debating copyright protection and user comments. Culture and Media Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said the biggest contribution of the Copyright Bill was that it eliminated legal uncertainties concerning exceptions and restrictions. It ensures a broader approach to protected content as well as equitable compensation for stakeholders in the digital environment. The bill regulates in more detail the rights of news publishers and defines the copyright generated within the collective protection system. The bill also regulates content aggregators…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Croatian Agriculture Minister, Chinese Ambassador Discuss Pork Exports to China

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - Croatian Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković has held an online meeting with Chinese Ambassador Xu Erwen to discuss ways of speeding up the procedure to obtain veterinary certificates and possibilities for pork exports to China, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The agricultural cooperation with China has intensified since 2006, and thanks to the China+17 initiative and the efforts by the Agriculture Ministry, the protocol on veterinary and public health requirements for dairy products intended for export from Croatia to China was signed in 2019, removing the obstacles to the sale of Croatian dairy…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

European Parliament For Recognising Same-Sex Marriage Across EU

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - A majority of members of the European Parliament on Tuesday endorsed a draft resolution seeking the recognition of same-sex marriages and registered partnerships in all member states. The draft was endorsed by 387 MEPs, 161 voted against and 123 abstained. The resolution says same-sex spouses and partners should be treated equally as heterosexual ones, and that marriages and partnerships concluded in one EU member state should be recognised in all. Of the Croatian MEPs, the draft was endorsed by Biljana Borzan, Predrag Matić and Tonino Picula of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Valter Flego of the Istrian…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

PM Andrej Plenković Calls on Citizens to Register Online For Population Census

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Tuesday called on all citizens to register online for the population census which began yesterday and will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, lasting until 26 September, citizens can take part in the census online, which the prime minister did, registering his family "simply and quickly," he wrote on Twitter. "Let's use the possibility to register online. Let's do our civic duty and let's all take part in the 2021 Census," he tweeted. By 3 pm today, over 177,000 citizens have taken part in the census online, the Croatian Bureau…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Branko Bačić: Vučić's Call is a Provocation, Illegal to Hang Out Another Country's Flag

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) whip Branko Bačić said on Tuesday that the call by Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić to "Serbs in all Serb lands" to hang out their Serb flags on 15 September, wherever they may be, is inappropriate, unacceptable and a provocation. "I consider that to be a provocation and inappropriate, all the more so, because it is in violation of the law," Bačić told reporters in the Croatian Parliament, citing the Public Law and Order Act which says that displaying other countries' flags is not allowed. I expect the Serb community to respect the law "I expect…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Most Mayors in Croatia Either Engineers or Economists

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - Most of the incumbent mayors in Croatia are either engineers or economists while seven cities have a mayor with a PhD, shows a survey of the education qualifications of mayors in Croatia published on the grandonačelnik.hr website. Of a total of 128 mayors, 94 have graduated from university, 20 have secondary-school qualifications while 14 have two-year post-secondary school qualifications. Compared to ten years ago, when only one mayor had a PhD, today there are seven, and one mayor is preparing his thesis, the survey shows. Traditionally mayors with higher education are most frequently either economists or lawyers whereas now…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Zagreb City Administration Appoints New ZET Supervisory Board

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that the city administration had appointed a new supervisory board of the city-owned ZET public transportation company, which will advertise vacancies for the new management in the coming days. he new members of the ZET Supervisory Board are Marko Slavulj, Marko Borski and Sanja Stojić. Tomašević said that ZET cost the city HRK 1.1 billion annually and that the city's contribution was HRK 790 million. He added that an additional HRK 80 million should be secured through a budget revision. The number of passengers in public transport has been falling and…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

HRT National Broadcaster to Air Series About NDH

ZAGREB, 14 Sept, 2021 - "NDH", a series of the Croatian Radio Television (HRT) about the Ustasha-ruled Independent State of Croatia, will start on Monday, 20 September and its author, historian Hrvoje Klasić, says it should have been aired much sooner, while the HRT rejects claims about deliberately not broadcasting the series. "I only know that this series should have been finished much sooner. But it hasn't been. And that was not because of us as the crew, and it should have aired sooner. Again, not because of us, but because of the HRT," Klasić told Hina. On the other…
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Croatia and EU Discuss Production of New Croatian Euro Coins

September the 14th, 2021 - The topic of new Croatian euro coins is being intensively discussed among all involved parties as Croatia's entry into the Eurozone edges ever closer. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a memorandum of understanding was recently signed by the Executive Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni, the President of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe and the Governor of the Croatian National Bank Boris Vujcic. A memorandum of understanding between Croatia, eurozone members and the European Commission on the start of production of new Croatian euro coins and preparatory activities before…
Monday, 13 September 2021

Prime Minister Confident Croatia Will Be Ready to Join Euro Area on January 1st, 2023

ZAGREB, 13 Sept 2021 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday he was confident Croatia would be ready to enter the euro area on 1 January 2023. Speaking at the 11th meeting of the national council for the introduction of the euro as Croatia's official currency, Plenković said Croatia had the full support of the European Commission and the European Central Bank to join the euro area. "We approached this process in a very structured way, carefully. We believe we will fulfill in time all the commitments we undertook by entering the Exchange Rate Mechanism." He said the government regularly discussed…
Monday, 13 September 2021

Memorial Plaque Placed in Karlovac at Site of Former Synagogue

ZAGREB, 13 Sept 2021 - The city of Karlovac on Sunday held a ceremony of placing a memorial plaque at the site of the former synagogue which was built 150 years ago in that Croatian city and demolished in 1960. Addressing the ceremony, Israeli Ambassador to Croatia Ilan Mor said that the contribution of Jews to Karlovac, Croatia, Europe, and the world must not be forgotten. Croatian rabbi Luciano Moše Prelević said a Jewish prayer which, he explained, he always prays when commemorating  "the disappearance of the Jewish community" in a certain area. Ambassador Mor thanked the president of the association "Jews in Karlovac", Tena…
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