Sunday, 20 March 2022

NGO: Croatia Provides Free Vaccination, Registration for Animals From Ukraine

ZAGREB, 20 March 2022 - Animals and family pets that arrive from Ukraine with their owners fleeing the war, will be eligible to free-of-charge vaccination and registration in Croatia, the association "Animal Friends Croatia" stated on Sunday.

The association recalls that the administration of Veterinary and Food Safety of the Ministry of Agriculture has issued detailed instructions and a list of veterinary organisations and vet clinics that conduct free-of charge rabies vaccination, preventive dehelmintization and microchipping.

The NGO also stated on 18 March on its web site that "the administration of Veterinary and Food Safety of the Ministry of Agriculture has published a form to be completed for each animal that came from Ukraine."

Animal Friends Croatia posted a notice in Ukrainian and Croatian language on their website and asked everyone to spread the word about this obligation, which is also a prerequisite for microchipping and vaccination.

"It is important that each arriving animal is recorded as soon as possible. The Administration noted that the order regarding the free arrival of animals from Ukraine applies exclusively to animals that come with their owners. Abandoned animals from Ukraine must not be brought to Croatia, but they can help them in other ways."

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Sunday, 20 February 2022

Whistleblowers Set up NGO to Strengthen Status, Protect Public Property

ZAGREB, 20 Feb 2022 - A few whistleblowers have established a new association called Pomak ("Headway" in an unofficial translation), on Sunday they presented their association and said that the aim of the NGO would be to strengthen the status of whistleblowers and protect public property.

The Pomak association will provide legal and psychological support to those who can face job loss and persecution after they decide to expose wrongdoings, it was said at the news conference in Zagreb.

The association's leader, Adrijana Cvrtila, thanked media and journalists for the support.

She recalled obstacles she had been faced with after she exposed irregularities in the functioning of the City of Kutina administration. Cvrtila said that she had been fired from her job and so far nine defamation suits had been lodged against her.

Cvrtila holds a grudge against the judiciary over her treatment by judges.

Maja Đerek said that repressive actions must not be taken against whistleblowers and criticised the current legislation on this topic as shameful.

Đerek said that "one swallow does not make a spring, and there are now five of us, however, there will be soon an entire flock."

"Today is the day for us to talk about togetherness and about every individual who wants to change the system," she said adding that European institutions have warned Croatia on several occasions that the country does not have an efficient protection of whistleblowers.

"We will insist on amending the law so as to put an end to stigmatising those who expose wrongdoings", she added.

Viktor Šimunić, the mayor of Oroslavje, is a vice-president of the association. He said that he had been supported by the general public when he had reported about murky dealings in that northern town. 

"Stop being silent, let us make a change," Šimunić said.

Another vice-president of the association, Josip Vitez, said that "whistleblowers are usually removed from their positions in the business world and are being dragged through court proceedings which also affects their finances."

Nada Ružić, a former internal auditor in the public sector, said she was shocked how much the system was corrupt.

The association's secretary, Siniša Glavaš, wondered why citizens elected corrupt authorities and did not trust whistleblowers, and called on the public to provide assistance to the association.

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