Politics

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Deputy PM: Prosecution of War Crimes Test of Maturity for State

ZAGREB, 25 Aug (Hina) - Deputy Prime Minister Anja Šimpraga said on Thursday, at a commemoration for the civilians killed during and in the aftermath of the 1995 Operation Storm in the village of Plavno and the hamlet of Grubori near Knin, that prosecution of war crimes was a test of maturity for Croatia. More than 30 civilians were killed during, and in the aftermath of Operation Storm in the hamlets of Plavno, including infirm and elderly people, Šimpraga said, noting that the injustice and evil done to local Croats in the early 1990s cannot and must not be used as…
Thursday, 25 August 2022

Declaration on Cooperation of Serbs from Croatia and Croats from Serbia Initialled

ZAGREB, 25 August, 2022 - A conference on Serbia-Croatia relations was held in Golubić near Obrovac for the 15th consecutive year on Thursday, and the Declaration on the Cooperation of Serbs from Croatia and Croats from Serbia was initialed at the event. The declaration was signed by Milorad Pupovac (SDSS) and Tomislav Žigmanov (Democratic Alliance of Croats in Vojvodina - DSHV), and the document will be confirmed by the bodies of both communities. Since the countries are burdened by other relations, we considered it necessary to underscore our need to cooperate and to call on our countries to start cooperating…
Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Finance Ministry Dismisses Speculation about High Taxes on Guest Workers

ZAGREB, 24 Aug (Hina) - Finance Minister Marko Primorac said on Wednesday that there was no "poll tax" on guest workers and that the Tax Administration's actions were in line with the principle of worldwide income taxation and the exchange of information between EU member states in general. "The Tax Administration will not put its hand in anyone's pocket, but there are certain mechanisms that are continuously implemented, and this should be observed that way, and our citizens can relax," said Primorac, responding to reporters after a meeting of the national council for the introduction of the euro currency. He added that the…
Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Island Movement Association says Ministry Deluding Public

ZAGREB, 24 August, 2022 - The Island Movement has said that the Ministry of Transport, Sea and Infrastructure is deluding the public by claiming that the association is misinterpreting the latest draft bill on the maritime domain and seaports, which, it says, evidently brings into question the public use of the maritime domain. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the association wondered how it was possible that work on amending the Maritime Domain and Seaports Act had been going on for the past 20 years, yet the draft bill released on 19 July allowed for allegedly different interpretations of restrictions on…
Wednesday, 24 August 2022

NGO Calls on gov't to protect islands of Goli Otok and Sveti Grgur

ZAGREB, 23 August, 2022 - The Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the Past NGO called on the government to protect the islands of Goli Otok and Sveti Grgur and presented a virtual guide through the history of prison camps on the occasion of Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the Victims of All Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes. It is concerning that after the decision on the preventive protection of the island of Goli Otok in 2019, further devastation of the remaining buildings continues. We have again called on the Ministry of Culture and Media to allocate funds for the creation…
Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Piletić: Government has Seen Pensions are Not Adequate

ZAGREB, 23 August, 2022 - Labour and Social Policy Minister Marin Piletić said on Tuesday that the government has seen that pensions are not adequate, which will be dealt with through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and he announced a package of aid measures for the autumn as well as one-off payments to pensioners. Speaking about the impact of inflation on pension allowances, the minister said that they had increased by slightly more than 10% since 2019 due to inflation and with such pension indexation. "Given the rise in prices in the second half of 2022, we expect that…
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Gov't Delegation Pays Tribute to Victims of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes

ZAGREB, 23 August, 2022 - A Croatian government delegation on Tuesday laid wreaths on the islands of Goli Otok and Sveti Grgur in tribute to people imprisoned there by the Communist regime, on the occasion of the Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the Victims of all Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes. Transport Minister Oleg Butković, who headed the government delegation, said that Croatia was honouring all victims of the authoritarian Communist regime, which, he said, had left its mark on Croatia and the Croat people in the 20th century. It is important to promote the culture of remembrance because, without it, there can…
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Minister: Croatia will Not Allow Issuance of International Arrest Warrant

ZAGREB, 22 August, 2022 - Croatia will use all available legal means to protect its pilots, Justice and Public Administration Minister Ivan Malenica said on Monday, calling the proceedings in Serbia a politically staged attempt that could be a reason for blocking Serbia's accession to the European Union. "The Croatian government has clearly stated that it will protect all its citizens, all its defenders, generals, and, in this case, pilots. Therefore, we will use all available legal means if such a moment comes," Malenica said in an interview for RTL Danas. This means that in this case, which refers to the…
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

N1 Broadcaster Publishes Parts of Indictment against Four Croatian pilots

ZAGREB, 23 Aug (Hina) - In its indictment against four Croatian Air Force pilots, charged with complicity in a war crime against civilians during Croatia's 1995 military operation "Storm", the Serbian judiciary also states grounds for its jurisdiction over the case, which Croatia has categorically challenged. The Zagreb office of the regional N1 broadcaster on Monday reported having obtained the Serbian indictment, a 26-page document issued on 31 March and upheld by the Belgrade Appeals Court in mid-August. Excerpts of the indictment state, among other things, that the indictees, "by violating rules of international law defined by the Geneva Conventions, ordered…
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Contracts Signed for Post-Quake Reconstruction Work Worth HRK 944 mn

ZAGREB, 22 August, 2022 - All houses covered by the programme of non-structural reconstruction in the earthquake-affected areas of Petrinja and Glina should be renovated before the start of the heating season, with construction work currently underway on eight apartment buildings in Petrinja and four in Glina. The value of the reconstruction contracts is estimated at HRK 944 million, it was said at a meeting of the task force in charge of dealing with the consequences of the December 2020 earthquake in Sisak-Moslavina County. Gordan Hanžek of the Central State Office for Reconstruction and Housing said at the meeting that non-structural…
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Minister No Question New Law Would Enable Misuse of Coastal Belt

ZAGREB, 23 August, 2022 - Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, said on Tuesday that the new Law on the Coastal Belt and Sea Ports would in no way privatise the coastal belt or prevent citizens from using the seaside and that there is no way that the law would enable any misuse of the coastal belt. "We have to adopt a law on the coastal belt and seaports by the end of the year for several reasons," said Butković, stating that it is a precondition to absorb money from the National Recovery and Resilience Program, adding that that…
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