Politics

Sunday, 14 August 2022

Croatian Socialist Past Responsible for Lower Wages? Analysis Says Yes

August the 14th, 2022 - Is the Croatian socialist past responsible for the big wage gap between the country and other European Union member states which were never part of Yugoslavia? One Croatian Employment Service (HZZ) analysis says an emphatic yes. As Marija Brnic/Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the growth of wages over the last year has been mostly attributed to the chronic lack of workers in Croatia, but calls are regularly heard from the ranks of Croatian businessmen to the government to undertake tax reforms and finally reduce the high burdens due to which workers' wages are low compared to other countries,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Foreign Ministry Condemns Indictment against Croat in Donetsk

ZAGREB, 10 August, 2022 - Croatia strongly condemns an indictment against Croatian national Vjekoslav Prebeg, who has been detained in the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MVEP) said on Wednesday. Croatia "rejects the indictment and does not consider it to be legally sound because it is contrary to international law and conventions on the treatment of captured civilians and prisoners of war," the MVEP said in a press release. The Ministry and competent services are in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities and other partners in order to shed light on the case and have Prebeg released,…
Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Health Minister Claims there are Sufficient Quantities of COVID-19 Drug

ZAGREB, 10 August, 2022 - Health Minister Vili Beroš on Wednesday denied the claim by the Croatian Association of Hospital Doctors (HUBOL) that Croatian hospitals are running out of a drug used to treat COVID-19 patients, saying that hospitals have sufficient quantities of Remdesivir. The claims by some health workers and medical associations about the shortage of Remdesivir in Croatian hospitals are not true, the health minister said in a statement. HUBOL said on Wednesday that Croatian hospitals currently have only 483 doses of Remdesivir at their disposal, which is enough to treat only 80 COVID-19 patients, while 613 are being…
Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Social Democrats Call on PM to Dismiss Health Minister Beros

ZAGREB, 10 August, 2022 - The Social Democrats party sent an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Tuesday demanding he dismisses Health Minister Vili Beroš, whom they consider responsible for the shortage of an antiviral drug used to treat COVID-19. The Social Democrats sent the letter following the death of reporter Vladimir Matijanić, who died as a result of COVID-19. "The reason for his dismissal is his undeniable responsibility for failing to act and his preventing Croatian citizens from using the newest generation antiviral drug, which has been proven to reduce hospitalisation and mortality in a large number of cases for…
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Western Sanctions Won't Harm Russia, But Harmed Croatia, says President

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - The sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia due to the attack on Ukraine are not working, and they will not harm Russia, but they have harmed us, President Zoran Milanović said on Monday during a visit to Hvar. Describing the situation in the world as unstable and increasingly confusing, Milanović warned that "it all resembles a dandelion in the spring, and you just pray to God no one sneezes and blows it away." The West's response is not good, said Milanović, adding that "we have sanctions that are not working." He underscored that he "has been saying this…
Monday, 8 August 2022

Croatian Government Sets New Price Caps on Fuel

ZAGREB, 8 August, 2022 - The Croatian government adopted a new decree on fuel prices on Monday, further reducing the prices of Eurosuper 95 petrol and Eurodiesel, by HRK 0.70 and 0.66 per litre respectively. As of Tuesday, the price of Eurosuper 95 will be capped at HRK 11.30 per litre, a reduction of HRK 0.70, while Eurodiesel will be sold at HRK 12.14 per litre and blue-dyed diesel at HRK 8.50 per litre, which are reductions of HRK 0.66, the government decided in a conference call on Monday. The latest calculation will be in force for the next seven days and…
Sunday, 7 August 2022

PM Plenkovic Announces Lower Fuel Prices as of Next Week

ZAGREB, 7 August, 2022 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has announced further cuts in fuel prices as of next week. The price of Eurosuper 95 petrol will be reduced from HRK 12 to 11.30 per litre, Eurodiesel will cost HRK 12.14 per litre, and blue-dyed diesel HRK 8.50, Plenković told reporters during a visit to the southern town of Sinj on Sunday. "This is good news for all drivers. Prices of petroleum products are falling," the prime minister said. Asked to comment on the latest accusations from Serbia in the context of the 27th anniversary of Operation Storm, Plenković said…
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…
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