Politics

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Zagreb's Acting Mayor Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic Leaving Politics

May the 30th, 2021 - Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic, who stepped in as Zagreb's mayor following the premature and sudden death of longtime mayor Milan Bandic, has decided to leave the political scene and pursue another career in a very different field. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic, the current acting Mayor of Zagreb, failed to enter the second round of recent Croatian mayoral elections, so she decided on a change in her career path, opting instead to kickstart her scientific career as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb, Jutarnji list reported on Saturday. The Faculty of…
Saturday, 29 May 2021

President Returns War Decorations to General Branimir Glavaš

ZAGREB, 29 May 2021 - Croatian President Zoran Milanović has invalidated former President Ivo Josipović's decision on stripping wartime Osijek official, general Branimir Glavaš, of war medals, since Glavaš's convictions were quashed and the retrials were ordered. Glavaš's son, lawyer Filip Glavaš, told Hina on Saturday, that the return of the seven war medals to his father were the only logical and fair decision as his father had no longer the status of a convict. Milanović's decision on declaring null and void Josipović's decision was published in the Official Gazette after it had been adopted on 21 May on the advice of…
Saturday, 29 May 2021

Croatia Holding Election Runoffs on Sunday

ZAGREB, 29 May 2021 - The second round of local elections will take place on Sunday for the mayors of 57 cities and 87 municipalities as well as for the prefects of 14 counties in Croatia. During the second round of voting, 3,231,000 citizens are eligible to vote at nearly, 5,500 polling stations that will be set up in 432 cities and municipalities. Four biggest cities to get new mayors The results of mayoral runoffs will show who will run the four biggest Croatian in the next four years. In the capital city of Zagreb, the mayoral candidate of the Green-Left…
Friday, 28 May 2021

Croatia's Rafale Decision Reflects Strengthening of Zagreb-Paris Strategic Relations

ZAGREB, 28 May 2021 - Croatia's decision to buy 12 used French fighter jets reflects the strengthening of the strategic relations between Croatia and France, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Friday after the Croatian government stated that it had opted for Rafale F3R fighter jets. The French minister noted that after in January Greece bought 18 Rafale jets, the fact that another EU member state selected the offer made by a European country "is is strong sign, more than a symbolic gesture." "The French offer turned out to be the best because Croatia is getting the best-assessed and equipped aircraft…
Friday, 28 May 2021

PM Says Croatia to Have Most Advanced Fighter Jets in This Part of Europe

ZAGREB, 28 May 2021 - By purchasing 12 F3-R Rafale jets Croatia will obtain the most advanced combat aircraft in this part of Europe, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday. "With today's decision we are not only making the biggest investment in Croatia's Armed Forces since the country gained independence, we are making the biggest investment in a lasting peace and security for Croatian citizens," Plenković said at a government session. By procuring fighter jets, Croatia is gaining a powerful strategic deterrent for the next 30 to 40 years, which significantly strengthens its international position and its airspace protection and multiplies the…
Friday, 28 May 2021

PM Says Croatia's Army Has Developed into Efficient and Modern Armed Forces

ZAGREB, 28 May 2021 - At the beginning of his cabinet's meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković sent a congratulatory message to the armed forces and the ground army on the occasion of Army Day and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Croatian army. "In the last three decades, the Croatian army with its origins among the people, gained huge experience during the Homeland War which it won, and it has developed into an efficient and modern armed force prepared to deal with all the tasks assigned to it," Plenković said. After the the 1991-1995 war, the army…
Friday, 28 May 2021

Croatia Buying 12 Rafale F3R Fighter Jets for €999m

ZAGREB, 28 May 2021 - The Croatian government will procure 12 used French multipurpose fighter jets Dassault Rafale F3R for €999 million, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday. "The government assessed that the French offer was the best," he said at a cabinet meeting, adding that ten single-seat and two twin-seat jets would be procured. Plenković said the Dassault Rafale F3R was a latest generation aircraft and that it was considered among the best in the world. "The French offer turned out to be the best because Croatia is getting the best-assessed and equipped aircraft for the least money," he said, adding…
Friday, 28 May 2021

Banožić, Hranj Extend Greetings on Croatian Army Day

ZAGREB, 28 May 2021 - Defence Minister Mario Banožić and military Chief-Of-Staff Admiral Robert Hranj on Friday extended greetings on Croatian Army Day, Croatian Ground Army Day and the Croatian National Guard's 30th anniversary, saying Croatia was proud of its history and the Homeland War and focused on the future. Banožić recalled the lining up of the Croatian National Guard 30 years ago in front of then president and supreme commander Franjo Tuđman, saying that in an imposed war, in fighting for freedom and independence, the resolute and brave Croatian youth in a short time grew into a reputable military power capable…
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Croatia and Taiwan Expand Economic Relations Despite Pandemic

ZAGREB, 27 May 2021 - Croatia and Taiwan continued expanding their economic relations, despite the pandemic, and cooperation can be bolstered in IT, tourism, supplies of medical equipment surveillance equipment, cosmetics, and food products, a meeting of the Taiwan-Croatia Business Council heard on Thursday. The meeting was organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA), Taiwan, and the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT). Ivan Barbarić at HGK said that the main topic of today's meeting was smart tourism and IT solutions for other sectors. CIECA advisor Fred P. C. Huang underscored that…
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Parliament Discusses Bill On Giving More Powers to Hydrocarbon Agency

ZAGREB, 27 May 2021 - Draft amendments to the Act on Establishing the Hydrocarbon Agency,  which was discussed by lawmakers on Thursday, will expand the agency's powers and adjust its activities to the exploration and exploitation of geothermal resources and underground gas storage. The economy and sustainable development ministry's state secretary Ivo Milatić informed the parliament that the agency's participation in amending zoning plans would be also expanded. Milatić said that only 18% of Croatia's needs for oil were now covered by production from domestic sources, and therefore it was important to find new sources. The logic behind the production of energy…
Thursday, 27 May 2021

Green-Left Mayoral Candidate Says He Doesn't Have Police Protection

ZAGREB, 27 May 2021 - The candidate of the Green-Left coalition for the new mayor of Zagreb, Tomislav Tomašević, said on Thursday that he had neither asked for the police protection nor did he have it. Tomašević insists that the campaign in the run-up to the second round of the mayoral election in which he will face off Homeland Movement leader Miroslav Škoro is marked by hate and incendiary speech and fake news as never before. Addressing the press in Zagreb today, Tomašević said that he had come to the venue of this news conference by tram and on foot just as…
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