Politics

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Plenković and Čović Discuss Need to Change Bosnia's Electoral Law

ZAGREB, 20 October, 2021 - PM Andrej Plenković and the Deputy Chairman of the House of Peoples of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Dragan Čović, agreed at a meeting in Zagreb on Tuesday it was necessary to change BiH's electoral law to ensure legitimate representation and equality of the constituent peoples. They discussed BiH's path to European Union membership, cooperation between Croatia and BiH in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to BiH's electoral legislation and successfully completed projects, such as the recently opened Svilaj bridge and the Gradiška bridge, Plenković's office said in a press release. "The electoral law of Bosnia…
Wednesday, 20 October 2021

HDZ Whip Says Structural Renovation Cost to be Covered by Government

ZAGREB, 20 October, 2021 - Ruling HDZ party whip Branko Bačić said on Tuesday that under the changes to the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Act, the cost of structural renovation would be fully covered by the state and local and regional government units. Bačić also noted that structural renovation would also include properties that were not legalised but were possible to legalise. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the ruling coalition, Bačić said that they had been informed in detail by Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets Minister Darko Horvat about the proposed amendments to the law on the reconstruction of buildings…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Mayor: Zagreb Acted in Line with Law Choosing Bio-Waste Recovery Company

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that due to the lack of a composting plant for organic waste the city was forced to sign contracts with private companies providing those services, adding that in the case of the Ce-za-r company, the city acted in line with the law. Following a public tender, a year-long contract for the recovery of organic waste was signed with Ce-za-r, which is part of the CIOS Group, owned by businessman Petar Pripuz, which made the most favourable offer, he said. "I have said on a number of occasions that we will…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Opposition MPs Call for Lower Excise Tax, Fuel Caps Not the Answer

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Deputies of opposition parliamentary parties said on Tuesday that the government's decision to cap the retail prices of fuels was a bad move that affected the supply and demand and consequently could lead to market disruptions, and they called for reducing lowering excise duties on fuels. Stephen Nikola Bartulica of the Homeland Movement party's parliamentary bench criticised the government's measures as being frequently a cause of the problem rather than being a solution. He wondered why other governments in the EU had not resorted to that measure. Last week, the government passed a decree limiting the…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Opposition Insists Nominated HRT Director-General in Conflict of Interest

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - At the start of the parliamentary debate on the appointment of nominee Robert Šveb as the new director-general on Tuesday morning, several deputies of Opposition parties reiterated that the procedure of the appointment had been contaminated and that the candidate was in the conflict of interest. Nino Raspudić from MOST said in his ironic comment that the former HRT director-general, Kazimir Bačić, who was released from custody after he was detained in late June on suspicion of corruption and influence peddling, should not worry as Šveb "is worthy of his predecessor". Katarina Peović of the…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Ex-HRT Director-General, Suspected of Graft, Released from Custody

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - A former director-general of the HRT public broadcaster, Kazimir Bačić, was released from custody on Monday evening, his lawyers said on Tuesday morning. Bačić was arrested on suspicion of graft and influence peddling in late June, and in mid-July he was relieved of his duties as Director-General of the HRT public broadcasting service by 116 to two votes. USKOK corruption investigators suspect that Bačić, acting on behalf of businessman Milan Lončarić, took €50,000 in a bribe to the late Zagreb mayor Milan Bandić for the Gardens of Light project. As a reward for his role Bačić…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Grlić Radman: Croatia has Support for Stance on BiH and W. Balkans

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Croatia has received support from a large number of EU member states for its position that it is necessary to conduct an election legislation reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to eliminate all kinds of discrimination, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Monday. "I received support from a large number of EU member states," Grlić Radman said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. The ministers discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and the European prospects of that area. Grlić Radman said that he had expressed concern about the situation in the region…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Coric: Much Higher Fuel Prices Without Government Intervention

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić wrote on Twitter on Monday evening that due to the continued rise in oil prices we would have seen a hike in fuel prices at petrol stations if the government hadn't decided to temporarily cap fuel prices last week. "Oil prices have continued to rise and if the government hadn't intervened, tomorrow we would be witnessing a significant price rise. According to calculations, compared with the price set by the decree, the price of Eurodizel would be higher by HRK 0.63, of Eurosuper 95 by HRK 0.39, while the price…
Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Greenpeace Activists Spray "Climate Killer" on Krk LNG Terminal

ZAGREB, 19 October, 2021 - Greenpeace activists on Monday held a performance at the site of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Omišalj on the island of Krk where they sprayed the message "Climate Killer". Petra Andrić of Greenpeace Croatia informed the press of this action. Greenpeace CEE activists onboard inflatable boats reached the terminal and painted "CLIMATE KILLER!" across the side of the LNG offshore terminal on the island of Krk in Croatia, the NGO also tweeted. Andrić said that the protest, organised by the Greenpeace activists from central and eastern Europe, was peaceful. Apart from the national context, also…
Monday, 18 October 2021

30 Years of Minefield War Crime Commemorated in Lovas

ZAGREB, 18 Oct 2021 - The people of Lovas on Monday laid wreaths and lit candles at a monument to 21 locals forced into a minefield by Serb paramilitaries and the former Yugoslav Army 30 years ago today. On 18 October 1991, a few days after entering Lovas, aggressor forces chose a group of 51 residents and forced them into a minefield, where 21 were killed and 14 wounded. "I hope that those responsible will be brought to justice one day," said Vukovar-Srijem County head Damir Dekanić. Lovas Municipality head Tanja Cirba said 89 Lovas residents were killed in the Homeland War and that…
Monday, 18 October 2021

Croatian Police Burn Over 2 Tonnes of Narcotics

ZAGREB, 18 Oct 2021 - More than two tonnes of narcotics seized in police operations was burnt in a factory in the eastern town of Našice on Monday, including two tonnes of marijuana and hashish, 28 kilos of amphetamines, 15 kilos of cocaine, and 12 kilos of heroin, with a street value of about €9.5 million. Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that the amount of drugs seized was proof of good cooperation between relevant state authorities. He said that drug abuse was a global problem, especially in Europe which has become the main market for some types of drugs, notably…
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