Politics

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Plenković and Medved Visit Homeland War Veterans Rehabilitation Centre in Sinj

ZAGREB, 7 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Minister for Veterans' Affairs Tomo Medved visited the Homeland War Veterans Rehabilitation Centre in the southern town of Sinj on Sunday. The construction of the Centre cost HRK 56.3 million (€7.5m), and equipment will cost HRK 5.3 million (€707,000). The 130-bed facility is expected to be equipped by October. Medved said that about 30 people would be hired to work at the Centre and that the selection process was underway. He said that construction works on similar centres in Daruvar and Petrinja were nearing completion, and that hopefully they would be…
Sunday, 7 August 2022

Beroš Says Can't Comment on Possible Omissions in Reporter's Treatment for Now

ZAGREB, 7 August, 2022 - Health Minister Vili Beroš said on Saturday he could not say for the time being if there had been any omissions in the medical treatment of reporter Vladimir Matijanić and that that would be determined by a medical inspection he had requested. Asked to comment on the claims by Matijević's partner, reporter Andrea Topić, that the medical assistance he received was inadequate, Beroš said that he did not have sufficient information on the case for the time being and that the case would be looked into. Topić has said in a post on social networks…
Friday, 5 August 2022

PM: Defenders are Cornerstone of Freedom, Democracy; Accusations won't be Tolerated

ZAGREB, 5 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday, on the occasion of Victory Day, that Croatian defenders were the cornerstone of Croatia's freedom and democracy and that the government would not tolerate attempts to question the fact that the Homeland War was just and legitimate or accuse its war heroes. "Croats were not in charge of their own destiny for almost 900 years but lived in their territory under various foreign rulers and alien regimes until, at a time of tectonic changes in Europe, owing to the vision of President Tuđman and the courage of Croatian defenders and the…
Friday, 5 August 2022

Milanović: Croatia's Journey was Difficult, It Didn't Get Anything for Free

ZAGREB, 5 August, 2022 - Croatia had a difficult journey and did not get anything for free, President Zoran Milanović said on Friday, in an address at the central ceremony marking Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and War Veterans Day, with his speech focusing on the status of Croats in BiH and the 1995 exodus of Croatian Serbs. "Croatia had a difficult journey and did not get anything for free, but at a high price, with high interest. We were aware that this country was important only to us, that we were the only ones to really care about it and that everyone else was just an…
Friday, 5 August 2022

Numerous MPs, Mayors, Politicians Attend Knin Commemoration

ZAGREB, 5 Aug (Hina) - A large number of mayors, members of parliament and politicians arrived in Knin on Friday morning for the central celebration of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and War Veterans Day and the 27th anniversary of Operation Storm. Knin Mayor Marijo Ćaćić told reporters that he could still feel the same excitement as in 1995 when Knin was liberated and the war ended. "I feel festive today. Twenty-seven years ago my family and I were in Zadar, having been expelled from Knin. It was a great thing for us to return home... It was the beginning of…
Friday, 5 August 2022

Milanović: We Should Speak against Oblivion, Downplaying of Homeland War

ZAGREB, 5 August, 2022 - President and Commander-in-Chief Zoran Milanović on Thursday called for speaking against oblivion and downplaying of the Homeland War, noting that Croatia's path to independence was a right one and that it does not have to apologise to anyone. Milanović was speaking in Knin at a reception for Croatia's wartime commanders, held on the occasion of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and War Veterans Day and the 27th anniversary of Operation Storm, a combined military and police operation that ended a Serb armed insurgency in August 1995 and restored Croatian sovereignty over occupied central and southern parts of the…
Thursday, 4 August 2022

Pusić: It's a Shame Operation Storm Still a Challenge in Croatia-Serbia Relations

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - Current regional leaderships extensively politically exploit the 1990s wars, former Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusić has said, noting that it is "shameful" that 27 years after Operation Storm, that Croatian military operation is still a challenge in Croatia-Serbia relations. In an interview with the Belgrade-based "Danas" newspaper, published on Thursday, Pusić says that she does not see anything strange in the fact that people in Croatia were happy to see that the war was ending and that the country's territory would be whole, which "in no way means that one celebrates the fact that the war ended with between 150,000…
Thursday, 4 August 2022

PM Issues Message for Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Thursday issued a message for Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day, marking the 27th anniversary of Operation Storm that ended the four years of Serb occupation of central and southern parts of Croatia. On 5 August, "we commemorate the moments of national pride, glory and unity and remember the courage and determination of the Croatian defenders. We are immensely grateful to them because without their sacrifice there would not be a free and democratic Croatia," Plenković said. "It is therefore our lasting obligation and responsibility to ensure a dignified status for the…
Thursday, 4 August 2022

Croatia Must Upgrade Gas Pipeline to Strengthen Energy Security

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - Croatia must help strengthen energy security by upgrading its gas pipeline, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with the Jutarnji List daily, published on Thursday. Energy and the issue of secure and reliable energy supply in the context of the Ukraine war and sanctions against Russia is currently the main topic probably in all EU member countries. After the global financial crisis and the health crisis caused by coronavirus, the energy security crisis is a new test for the EU's internal strength and resilience, with crucial decisions in dealing with that…
Thursday, 4 August 2022

General Government Debt Exceeds HRK 356 bn

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - The general government debt at the end of April 2022 was HRK 356.1 billion, 18 billion or 5.3% more than in April 2021, show data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB) while analysts of Raiffeisenbank (RBA) expect the debt to continue growing due to growing needs for financing. The year-on-year increase in the general government debt is due to an increase in both domestic and foreign debt, with domestic debt going up by HRK 7.6 billion or 3.5% compared to the end of April 2021 to HRK 225.9 billion, while foreign debt increased by HRK 10.4 billion or…
Thursday, 4 August 2022

Veterans Minister Issues Message for Victory Day

ZAGREB, 4 August, 2022 - War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved on Thursday issued a message on the occasion of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day, saying that Operation Storm heralded peace and an end to the 1991-95 Homeland War. "As we remember the days that heralded peace for our people, we provide consolation and express immense respect to all those for whom the end of the Homeland War did not bring final peace - the families of Croatian defenders gone missing in the war," the minister said in his message. Croatians owe the freedom they live in today to Croatian defenders, and…
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