Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Capital Confirms: Advent in Zagreb Will be Held this Winter!

September 29, 2020 - Index.hr has learned from the City of Zagreb on Tuesday that Advent in Zagreb will be held this winter! A look at what the City said about this year's plans.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, numerous events around the world have been postponed, and it remains to be seen what the situation will be around the world, Europe and Croatia during the winter.

However, one event is crucially important for the tourism of Croatia and the City of Zagreb - and that is Advent in Zagreb. Recall, Advent in Zagreb has previously been held from the end of November or the beginning of December until the beginning of January.

Given the current circumstances with the coronavirus pandemic, many have wondered whether the award-winning event will take place this year at all, and if so, whether there will be any special measures taken. Therefore, Index.hr sent an inquiry to the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Tourist Board, which otherwise organized this event, to find out if plans are in preparation. 


It has been confirmed to Index.hr that Advent in Zagreb will go on.

"We would like to inform you that the Advent event in Zagreb is planned to be held this year as well," they replied.

Index.hr also asked about special measures, to which they replied that they could not give any information on the matter at the moment.

"We are not able to inform you about the specific details at the moment, but the epidemiological situation and the recommendations of the competent institutions will certainly be taken into account," they concluded.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Zagreb Holocaust Monument Is Ready. This Is How It Looks

August 19, 2020 – The 11-metre high steel Zagreb Holocaust Monument will stand between the central Post Office and Glavni Kolodvor (main train station)

The new Zagreb Holocaust Monument has been completed and is ready to be installed. The 11-metre high structure will sit atop a concrete pedestal on which six million tiny Stars of David will be imprinted. The stars signify the total number of Jews killed in the Holocaust

The Zagreb Holocaust Monument itself is made of steel and is an irregular-shaped wall comprised of three hundred suitcases, representing the essentials Jews were told only to pack prior to deportation. It was designed by Rijeka-born architect Krešimir Rogina and sculptor Dalibor Stošić. The monument will be illuminated at night and will sit next to the old locomotive train which already stands between the Post Office and train station.

Although the monument is completely finished, it is currently being kept in parts across three different factories in Zagreb. After the concrete plinth is in place, it will take approximately one month to assemble the monument on the site. Weathering steel (cor-ten steel) was specifically chosen as the construction material. Unlike some other types of steel, this metal ages over time. Different shades of rust begin to appear in patches after just six months and slowly progress to encompass the whole surface.

Some members of the Zagreb City Assembly along with the Jewish Community of Zagreb (ZOZ), the World Jewish Congress (WJC), and the Israeli Ambassador to Croatia have previously criticised the move to dedicate the Zagreb Holocaust Monument solely to the victims of the Nazi-helmed Holocaust in Europe. They say it fails to properly recognise the abhorrent crimes of ethnic cleansing committed in Croatia by the German-allied NDH. The City of Zagreb is said to be addressing the criticism by looking at the wording of the dedication that will appear on the Zagreb Holocaust Monument. It is hoped the new monument will be fully in place in time for Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2021.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Warning to Zagreb Citizens After Sunday Earthquakes: Do Not Enter Damaged Buildings

March 22, 2020 - The Zagreb Office for Emergency Situations has urged citizens not to enter damaged buildings following three earthquakes in the capital on Sunday morning. 

We transmit their statement in full from Index.hr:

"After the earthquakes in Zagreb this morning, we are informing citizens not to enter the damaged buildings. Teams of construction experts are coming to the scene, who will prioritize damage assessment of buildings and mark buildings according to the assessment. The priority is hospitals and later all other buildings. 

In addition, teams of construction workers have been hired to clean roads and corridors,” they reported.

"There is also a Special Search and Rescue Civil Protection Unit on the ground, and it is starting to work. All general-purpose Civil Protection units are invited to report to their assembly sites and take on tasks.

NO Krško is not damaged and the electricity supply is normalized and the failures are not large. Unfortunately, we cannot know when and what the subsequent earthquakes will be, but according to seismologists, they should not be stronger than the first earthquake.

We ask all citizens to remain calm and follow the notices of official sources. We ask all citizens to respect the coronavirus-related social distance recommendations in this situation as well," they said.

An extraordinary Government session was held, attended by the President, reports Dalmatinski Portal.

“The message to citizens is to listen to news and information only from those in charge, which is the Civil Protection Headquarters at the moment. You can ignore anything you hear from the public,” said President Zoran Milanovic.

“According to the Seismological Service, the earthquake was 5.5. It is the strongest earthquake in Zagreb in the last 140 years. In 1880 it was stronger.

It is evident that there is plenty of damage to buildings, exterior and interior. We urge all citizens to exercise caution. At this point, we will recommend that most fellow citizens be outside their buildings even though it is cold. There is no need to panic and go to gas stations. Keep distance as recommended by the Civil Protection Headquarters. We have two contradictory crises.

We will centralize all activities of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the Government will manage this crisis as well. I ask the citizens to listen to the instructions of the Headquarters, which will be available for both crises twice a day.

The Croatian Army and all Zagreb city services have been engaged in repairing the damage. We will endeavor to repair the roads as soon as possible.”

“We will have a particular focus on healthcare facilities because we want patients to have all the proper care they need. We have information about one child who was seriously injured who is at the Klaiceva hospital,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

"When and if a major earthquake will occur cannot be predicted. And if it does, the gaps cannot be predicted. A stronger one can happen quickly or in 20 days. The experts cannot predict and give a solution. The fact is that after such a large earthquake, subsequent earthquakes happen," said Ines Ivancic, head of the Seismological Service.

It is a priority now to consider the structural safety of the buildings. It was agreed that patients should be returned to stable buildings to provide them with adequate health care. We have information about one patient who is severely injured in her spine, with neurosurgery expected. We cannot predict the final outcome," said Health Minister Vili Beros.

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Friday, 1 November 2019

City of Zagreb and Dinamo Reach Agreement on New Maksimir Stadium

November 1, 2019 - The representatives of the City of Zagreb and the football club Dinamo Zagreb agreed at a meeting on Thursday that a new Maksimir stadium would be built on the site of the existing stadium.

Gol.hr reports that a meeting between representatives of the City of Zagreb and representatives of football club Dinamo Zagreb was held on Thursday, where they decided to build a new stadium on the site of the existing Maksimir Stadium. The new stadium would be built in partnership between the City and the Zagreb club. 

While there has been a lot of talk over the past year about building a new stadium in the Croatian capital, it seems that Thursday’s meeting has finally taken a step to move things forward. 

The press release from the city office reads in its entirety:

"The Mayor of the City of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, and his associates met at the City Administration today with representatives of GNK Dinamo, led by President Mirko Barisic and President of the Executive Board Vlatka Peras, and discussed plans to build a new Maksimir football stadium.

It was concluded that this space is viewed as a complex entity through an urban competition that will resolve the issue of a football stadium with auxiliary grounds and an athletic stadium with the appropriate infrastructure.

It was agreed that Dinamo would make a final decision at its Assembly with clear guidelines defined by FIFA and UEFA about the standards for the construction of a new stadium at the site.

It was also defined that the new stadium project would be built in partnership between the City and GNK Dinamo.

Following the decision of the Dinamo Assembly, further steps can be taken regarding the realization of this historical project that is extremely important for Dinamo - an icon of Zagreb sport, essential for the city of Zagreb, its sports memory, and for all Zagreb and sports fans," concludes the statement by the City of Zagreb.

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Saturday, 3 August 2019

Zagreb Presents Paperless Digital Project for Conducting Financial Business

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 2nd of August, 2019, the e-Financial Management project in the City of Zagreb has implemented its new paperless financial management process, with 12,500 city associates now issuing e-invoices more quickly and cheaper, with the added ability to monitor those invoices.

Digitising the City of Zagreb's financial operations has simplified its administrative process, increased its efficiency, and reduced general costs and processing times, said Miro Laco from the mayor's office.

It is, as he explained, a key city process involving more than 600 employees from all of the city's 25 governing bodies. The process is fully digitised for e-invoices, paper bills, and internal payment documents.

"The process itself has been significantly improved as the number of process activities has been reduced by 46 percent, and the process of digitising electronic bills takes just a few clicks," said Laco.

Considering the fact that there are 190,000 transactions which take place per year, or more than 70,000 accounts, with 15,000 internal documents printed so far and 105,000 transfers to budget users, we can say that through financial savings of about two million kuna a year and through a conscientious attitude towards the environment, we're operating in a correct manner,'' Laco added.

The digitalisation of financial operations in Zagreb simplifies the control and verification of accounts, as well as the creation of payment orders and the process of paying to accounts.

The main stakeholders in the digitisation of the City of Zagreb's financial business are the IT companies Apis IT and Omega Software, which have adapted their existing application solutions, and the information broker, a company called Electronic Accounts.

With numerous online services now available from the City of Zagreb, eFinancial business is a continuation of the process of digitisation the administration will continue to work intensively on it, Laco said.

"It's of primary importance that we want to have not only a smart Zagreb, but to make sure Zagreb is a city of happy people and entrepreneurs who can we shorten these administrative difficulties for, and help them to concentrate on the efficiency of their business. This enables management in accounting and allows us to know every single moment of where the process is and how we can intervene as needed,'' Deputy Mayor Olivera Majić said.

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić has announced that he will soon launch the e-Permit e-service, which will serve, among other things, construction and issuing of permits for that field where many people come unstuck with ridiculous waiting times.

"We're left with two fundamental tasks - to be a true service to the citizens and to be a true logistics service to entrepreneurs," he said.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Children's Hospital Project Finally Begins in Blato, Zagreb

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of April, 2019, the national children's hospital project is now finally entering a much more serious phase, and the Croatian Ministry of Health and the City of Zagreb, which are partners on this strategic project, will finally present it to the public in full, according to a report from Vecernji list, citing an international public bid to draw up a feasibility study for the huge project in Blato, Zagreb.

The feasibility study is necessary for this project because it will properly specify the requirements of the architecture, the urban planning, the ecological impact, the traffic situation, and all of the other parameters which need to be carefully considered and constructed, and one of the feasibility study elements would be the preparation of medical documentation.

Fifteen of the major international bidders are expected to report their segment-based studies, each within its own respective scope, and therefore a comprehensive study will ultimately define just what will go where, and where exactly to begin with construction. The start of work on feasibility studies from the project's partners, the Croatian Ministry of Health and the City of Zagreb, will be presented on this coming Monday, as was confirmed to Večernji list by Vili Beroš from the Ministry of Health.

"We received 42 million kuna from the Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 - 2020 project, which is now a European project, and its initial presentation is common within such projects," explained Beroš.

The announcement of this tender was preceded by an electronic public consultation with all interested parties.

The core of Croatia's brand new national children's hospital would be the current Zagreb Children's Hospital, Klaićeva.

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Friday, 3 August 2018

Big Garage Planned For Underneath Zagreb's Franjo Tuđman Park?

A new idea which has the potential to alter traffic in the capital.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

City of Zagreb Hard at Work to Keep Hendrix Bridge from Saying 'Hendrix'

A security guard is watching over the bridge to make sure nobody puts Hendrix's name up there again.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Zagreb 360 New Year's Eve Expects 10,000 Guests from 60 Countries

Arena Zagreb is getting ready for one biggest electronic music NYE parties with "Zagreb 360 New Year's Eve". The event expects close to 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries and was ranked among the top five NYE parties in the world by world music magazine DJ Mag.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

This Year's Advent in Zagreb Expands to 10 New Locations

For the fifth consecutive year, the tourist-holiday event ‘Advent in Zagreb’ will take place from 26 November to 8 January, 2017 and will boast an even richer program with more content than ever before.

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