Friday, 16 September 2022

Many Polish Tourists Return Home with Rescued Croatian Street Cats

September the 16th, 2022 - Many Polish visitors to this country's coastline are heading home not with just a magnet, keyring or 'I Love Croatia' shirt, but with Croatian street cats they have adopted and decided to give forever homes to.

As Morski writes, it seems that while some find it impossible to resist purchasing a 'Hrvatska' mug that will struggle to survive the dishwasher, others can't get enough of the cats. Many people can't ignore a hungry street cat's sad eyes, so they return home with transporters containing cats from Dalmatia and Istria. This is especially the case with Polish tourists.

Polish national Katarzyna is one such cat foster parent. She contacted the Facebook group Chorwacja (Croatia) and asked for advice from other Poles who had come to Croatia during summer. Although many in that group exchange advice and experiences about different cities, towns and localities that should be visited, this girl asked a question about transporting rescued Croatian street cats. During the two weeks she spent here, one fluffy, four-legged and wide-eyed cat kept her company, and Katazyna decided she couldn't leave her, and that they'd return home to Poland together.

On Facebook, she received about 200 comments with instructions from other Polish nationals, who have experience with transporting their own or "new" animals they have acquired. In the European Union, you can travel with your pets without any particular difficulties. It's usually enough that the animal has a passport, which means that a veterinarian has microchipped the animal. Others shared their experiences.

''I was driving home with three little kittens. The vet gave us passports, he couldn't microchip them because they were too small, and it was too early for any vaccines. I just treated them against fleas and other parasites and that was it. Nobody checked them at the border anyway,'' wrote Kamila.

However, there are also some people who faced stricter controls when arriving at the border.

''They checked the dog's passport when we entered Croatia and again when we left it. On the way back, our dog barked at the policeman and he found it funny,'' Anna wrote.

In addition to a series of advice and support, Katazyna also heard a series of conflicting opinions. While some think that Croatian street cats are happy and at home where they are, which veterinarians and animal lovers claim is absolutely not the case, others agree that they need our help and to be given proper treatment, food and homes.

Polish society is slowly but surely changing. More and more people support shelters for abandoned animals and get their pets from there. They often organise various actions and pay large sums of money to help shelters and animals, and many are pet owners and animal lovers. Moreover, the OLX website, which is a bit like the Polish version of Croatia's much loved Njuskalo, organises a campaign to feed animals living in shelters. They place pictures of the dogs and cats instead of some items for sale, and every day one click enables the delivery of food for certain animals, writes Jutarnji list.

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Thursday, 25 August 2022

Will an American Guard save Croatian Basketball?

25th August 2022 - According to the Croatian Basketball Federation (HKS) news, Croatian Basketball National Team Coach Damir Mulaomerović has presented his final 12 man rosters for the pre-qualifiers and the Euros before tonight's pre-qualifier match against Poland.

Roko Rogić, who did not play at the tournament in the Czech Republic, had already left the national team earlier and now the coach removed and thanked Pavlo Marčinković, Mateo Drežnjak and Goran Filipović.



Croatian Basketball National Team Coach Damir Mulaomerović (Photo: HKS / Marin Sušić)

The Croatian jersey will be worn like this during the next weeks:

  • 1 Toni Perković
  • 3 Jaleen Devon Smith
  • 4 Roko Prkačin
  • 7 Krunoslav Simon
  • 8 Mario Hezonja
  • 9 Dario Saric
  • 10 Lovro Gnjidic
  • 17 Karlo Matković
  • 27 Ivan Ramljak
  • 30 Dominik Mavra
  • 40 Ivica Zubac
  • 44 Bojan Bogdanović

Biggest surprise for many is probably the nomination of american national Jaleen Devon Smith. The 193cm guard who just extended his contract with ALBA Berlin after winning the german championships against Euroleague team Bayern Munich in the finals has been naturalized (a fancy word for beeing granted Croatian Nationality which you would not be granted if the country did not expect to benefit from it). The decison came after the dissolution of the National Federation's so called "Expert Council for Men's Basketball", which acted as an advisory body of the Board of Directors. The group, headed by Dino Rađa was expressly against bringing a foreigner into the national team. The association led by Stojko Vranković, however hopes that a new American in the position of play maker can make the nation's problems disappear. Slobodna Dalmacija reported in detail on July 22nd, 2022 but until now the newly added Croatian's debut has not been given. 



Croatia's new No. 3 Jaleen Devon Smith (Photo: ALBA Berlin / Daniel Löb)


After dropping out of the World Cup 2023 Qualification by finishing last in its group with Slovenia, Finnland and Sweden, Croatia now needs to first earn the right to be allowed to try to qualify for the World Cup in 2025 in a group with Poland, Switzerland and Austria. The official matches for Croatia that are now coming up, are:  two pre-qualification matches for EuroBasket 2025 (August 25 in Poland and August 28 against Switzerland in Opatija) and the European Championship from September 1 to 18.

Tickets for  Croatia - Switzerland (August 28 at 20:00)  can be purchased through the system  or  at the box office of the 'Marino Cvetković' hall in Opatija on the day of the match.

The pre-qualification matches are broadcast by Sport Klub, and the European Championship by Sport Klub and HRT.



• August 25, 2022 Poland - Croatia August 25, 2022 at 18:30 (broadcast available on SK 3)
• August 28, 2022 Croatia - Switzerland August 28, 2022 at 20:00

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP, 1.-18. September 2022
• Croatia - Greece September 2, 2022 at 17:00
• Great Britain - Croatia September 3, 2022 at 14:15
• Croatia - Estonia September 5, 2022 at 14:15
• Italy - Croatia September 6 2022 at 21:00
• Croatia - Ukraine September 8, 2022 at 14:15

Friday, 25 March 2022

Poles Constructing Third Zagreb Matrix Office Park Building

March the 25th, 2022 - The Poles are continuing with the construction of the third Zagreb Matrix Office Park building as part of this wildly successful project here in the capital.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, following the success of the first two buildings in the Zagreb Matrix Office Park, the Polish developer GTC will build a third building, thus expanding its successful project in the heart of the city. According to the company, which is also owned by Zagreb's Avenue Mall shopping centre, the third Matrix C building has received a building permit and, like the previous two, will provide innovative office space while maintaining a very high environmental standard.

"I'm extremely glad that our Croatian portfolio is growing so quickly and showing outstanding results in the Central and Eastern European market. The new building in a modern business complex and the Zagreb Matrix Office Park is a great opportunity for GTC to further expand and become a leader in the development of the real estate market in Zagreb as well as in the implementation of modern trends. The new building is also an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the respectable relationship we have with our tenants and provide them with sustainable solutions, which are more necessary today than ever, in every aspect of life and business,'' said Arn Willems, General Manager of GTC Croatia.

The first two buildings of the Zagreb Matrix Office Park, located on the outskirts of the Radnicka business district, were completed back in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and currently offer about 21,280 square metres of space.

The new space will provide approximately 10,500 square metres of gross leased space with high-quality office space, retail facilities, bicycle storage, other services and facilities, and will provide underground and aboveground parking for 250 vehicles and a power supplies for electric vehicles.

GTC pointed out that buildings A and B have already received their LEED Platinum certificates for green construction, which expands GTC's portfolio of ''green'' projects. The new building should become another sustainable business centre for many Croatian and international tenants.

Upon completion, Matrix C will receive DGNB Gold certification. The company added that the Zagreb Matrix Office Park is already attracting many tenants from various industries and many of them want to expand further. Completion of the building is planned for the second quarter of 2023.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Polish Allegro Purchases Mall Group, of Which Croatian is a Part

November the 9th, 2021 - The Polish Internet giant, Allegro, has purchased Mall Group (of which the popular Croatian is a part) in a new acquisition which is likely to boost the Group's reach even further.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the Polish Allegro, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in all of Europe, is taking ownership of the Croatian, an online retailer which operates within the aforementioned Mall Group.

As announced by this Croatian company, Allegro bought 100 percent of the Mall Group and WE | DO CZ on Friday from the previous owners, PPF, EC Investments and Rockaway Capital, for a total price of 881 million euros.

The final price could be increased by a correction of up to 50 million euros, which is far from spare change. The purchased business includes Mall Group's e-commerce assets and WEDO logistics assets located in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, here in Croatia and in Poland.

At the end of the financial year on March the 21st, Mall Group achieved a gross sales value of 930 million euros and a gross margin of 14 percent. The Croatian part of this group,, pointed out that they are among the three best web stores currently operating on the Croatian market.

“We started working back in 2016, and we're currently in the phase of transition to the omnichannel model, since we're opening the first Mega shop within the King Cross Jankomir shopping centre in Zagreb. Last year, compared to 2019, we recorded significant growth of 40 percent, which could be expected given the market situation, and this growing trend has continued in 2021,'' they say from the Croatian

When asked how they see the relationship between "domestic" and global online stores here on the Croatian market, they point out that they believe that "domestic" web stores in Croatia have an advantage, since this fact alone brings a dose of customer confidence in safe but affordable shopping and also allows for easier communication and better connectivity between the web store and customers.

“This acquisition will drive our growth further and help us take our business to the next level. Together, we'll also achieve greater market competitiveness as the expertise brought by Allegro in the form of their web marketplace will develop across all Mall Group brands and markets. We're the perfect combination because both companies are focused on growth, innovation and teamwork, but also in terms of business - our 1P model complements Allegro's 3P model and vice versa. In this scenario, everyone wins,'' they said from

The acquisition, after the approval of the regulator, should be realised by the end of 2022.

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

20% More Polish Tourists in Croatia in Summer 2021 Than Summer 2019

August the 4th, 2021 - When it comes to Polish tourists in Croatia, it's almost as if the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic doesn't exist, with the number of Polish tourists in Croatia as surprising and encouraging as it was even last year.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, the growth of the Polish emitting market when it comes to tourism, which has been recorded in Croatia for several years now, hasn't been halted by the ongoing pandemic. In July this year alone there were as many as 20 percent more Polish tourists in Croatia than there were recorded back during the record 2019 summer before the pandemic.

Polish tourists in Croatia surprised us all with their sheer numbers last year as well, when the tourist season was significantly weaker than this. The Polish market was practically the only emitting market that, despite the epidemiological situation back in August 2020, recorded an increase in arrivals of 4 percent when compared to August 2019. The share of turnover from the Polish emitting market in July and August reached as much as 95 percent of the pre-pandemic year of 2019's impressive figures.

After the figures on the 33 percent increase in overnight stays realised in the current part of the peak season at the level of the entire Republic of Croatia were published, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County tourist board reported an increase in tourist arrivals of as much as 90 percent on Monday. The extreme south of the country, which had the biggest drop last year due to issues with air traffic, recorded 65 percent more overnight stays in July than last year.

Instead of the Brits and Americans, who have been the most numerous guests in Dubrovnik for years now, the most overnight stays so far this summer season were realised by guests from Poland, Slovenia, the rest of Croatia, Germany, neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Czech Republic.

Almost 207 thousand overnight stays realised by Polish tourists in Croatia, more specifically in that southern Dalmatian county, is an increase of almost 40 percent when compared to the record year of 2019. It also represents 30 percent more overnight stays realised when compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

As the British market was officially closed in regard to tourism until the middle of the month, Dubrovnik-Neretva County had only 12 percent of overnight stays from that traditionally very secure Northern European market during the month of July, but direct flights with the United States introduced this summer helped bring US traffic to almost 70 percent of 2019's number of overnight stays.

This year, as many as nine times more American guests arrived in Dubrovnik-Neretva County than last year, and there also twice as many Poles, who thus became the most numerous guests in Dubrovnik.

At the level of the whole of Croatia, according to currently unofficial figures, e-Visitor counted 347,346 arrivals of Polish tourists who realised a total of 2.42 million overnight stays, which is not only 50 percent more overnight stays than last year, but a growth of 20 percent compared to to the last normal season of 2019.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

New Edition of Polish National Geographic Traveler Dedicated to Croatia

May 25, 2021 - The new issue of the Polish National Geographic Traveler magazine is entirely dedicated to Croatia as a tourist destination.

HRTurizam reports, the new issue, "Croatia - 23 journeys of life,"  brings texts, photos, and useful information of Polish journalists and travel writers who wrote about the beauties and peculiarities of Croatian destinations on 116 pages. 

"A special issue of the magazine is already on sale, so many Poles will have an additional opportunity to get to know Croatia even better, which is positioned in this market as one of the favorite foreign tourist destinations. Excellent pictures and tempting texts will be an additional inspiration for Poles to visit Croatian destinations this year," said Agnieszka Puszczewicz, Director of the CNTB Representation in Poland.

A special edition of the National Geographic Traveler represents all Croatian regions and thematically includes numerous attractions that Croatia offers in its tourist offer.

Ideas for an ideal vacation can be found by lovers of adrenaline and active holidays and lovers of enjoying the sun and the sea and the untouched nature of Croatian national parks. You can find ideas for city break holidays like Zagreb, Split, or Dubrovnik in the magazine.

The journalistic-editorial team that prepared the special issue about Croatia included the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Poland and National Geographic Traveler Poland Agnieszka Załęska-Franus. "A lot of Poles adore Croatia, as is evident by the fact that Croatia has been one of their favorite summer destinations for years. This is how the idea was created to dedicate a special issue of the magazine completely to Croatia and its beauties, small and large cities, delicious cuisine, excellent wines, and beautiful nature," Załęska-Franus pointed out, thanking for the professional cooperation, engagement, and help in creating a magazine's special issue.

Poland is one of the most important markets for Croatian tourism, which last year took a high third place in terms of tourist traffic. Last year, Polish tourists accounted for about 4.6 million overnight stays, and a strong contribution from this market is expected this year.

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Thursday, 11 February 2021

GroMar Polish E-Learning Platform to Employ People from Ogulin

February the 11th, 2021 - The GroMar Polish e-learning platform is seeking workers, with a particular focus placed on no less than Ogulin as the company looks forward to operating in an area of Croatia one might not expect it to.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, recently, the often overlooked Croatian town of Ogulin gained the attention of the domestic public due to the decision of the Swedish company Pervanovo Invest AB, owned by Croat Darko Pervan, to build a floor covering factory there, worth 200 million euros. The factory would become the largest in the world, but this isn't the only foreign investment to arrive in Ogulin.

Recently, the GroMar Polish e-learning platform announced that it was looking for 2D graphic artists/animators/illustrators to work in Ogulin, in its branch there. GroMar is otherwise a leader in education and digitalisation projects when it comes to employee education and development, which they've been engaged in for more than 20 years.

The GroMar Polish e-learning platform is headquartered in Lodz, the third largest city in Poland, and the company was ranked among the fastest-growing 25 technology companies in the CEE region last year, according to Deloitte. The fourth quarter of 2020 was their best, and in pre-pandemic 2019, their revenues reached 17 million zlotys (about 28.8 million kuna in total ). Among their clients are giants like Suzuki, Tesco, Pepco, DPD, and various Polish institutions and public companies.

Their main product is LearnWay, and Marcin Pisarski, the founder, sole owner and CEO of GroMar, describes it as a fully customisable e-learning platform with an unlimited number of functionalities.

“LearnWay is actually a complete set of tools for professionals in the field of human resources and e-learning. In addition to the platform itself, we also provide our clients with online training sessions, we create and design each of the platforms ourselves.

From online employment, through boarding systems, personal and professional development programmes, online education editing, online course databases, all the way to corporate communication tools and employer banding,'' Pisarski told Poslovni dnevnik.

He admits that they were somehow ''brought'' to Ogulin by Natalia Zielinska, a Polish entrepreneur living in Ogulin who is an expert on EU projects and is also the owner of EuroGrant Consulting. But what else was decisive besides the Polish "connection"?

"We met in 2019 and we liked the open approach and desire for cooperation. Ogulin is only an hour from Zagreb and Rijeka and is directly connected to Split. Since back in 2015, we've had a subsidiary of Gro-Mar d.o.o., and in 2017 we took over the company Horizont IT.

Several entrepreneurial stories are developing in Ogulin, including those which involve foreign investments, which has further encouraged us, and it isn't without significance that the local government is reducing tax liabilities such as surtax, which we recognise as positive. Undoubtedly, a very important role was played by my colleague Natalia, she emphasised all the advantages of business development in smaller places,'' pointed out the leader of the GroMar Polish e-learning platform.

For them, the key Polish national project at the moment is the educational platform (e-textbook), which is used by the entire Polish public education system due to the pandemic and the need for distance learning. This platform enjoys millions of users per month and offers thousands of pieces of material for children, parents and teachers.

"It's a great challenge and a turning point in the development of our company," noted Pisarski, adding that they will soon launch a campaign about LearnWay in European countries, including Croatia, and the contribution of Croatian employees is important to them. The plan is to have about 50 of them in total.

"We want to create platforms for education, content, training and online material based on Polish technologies, but with a Croatian soul and elegance added to them. That's why we need local experts, thanks to whom we'll have the prerequisite for the synergy of our know-how and skills and local spirit and culture. We'll create effective educational projects for schools, universities and companies,'' said Pisarski.

This Polish entrepreneur is optimistic about doing business in a small Croatian town and intends to hire more people. "Definitely. We have in our hands a comprehensive strategy for entering the Croatian market. It will not be a fast sprint, but a marathon in the long run. Our ultimate goal is an independent and self-sufficient branch of the GroMar Polish e-learning platform here in Croatia. We have the financial means to do so and we're ready for such investments. We'll definitely need experts from different fields, not only IT experts and graphic designers,'' Pisarski revealed.

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Monday, 28 September 2020

Time To Reflect, As Loyalty Not Luxury Saves 2020 Croatia Tourist Season

September 28, 2020 – The tail end of 2020's unparalleled summer offers opportunity for pause, contemplation and appreciation, as it's loyal and not luxury guests that have saved this year's Croatia tourist season.

In this day and age, things always have to get better. There's no room to sit still. Life without improvement is deemed a failure. Nowhere is this more true than the Croatia tourist season.

The numbers of overnight stays in the Croatia tourist season sometimes seem to be the only measure by which its success is judged. Year after year, the numbers must rise. Any decrease is unthinkable. At the same time, hungry eyes still want more. Some want to reposition themselves. A new class of guest is wanted, from faraway nations. They must be of a better quality. They must stay longer, in more expensive dwellings. They must spend more.

Incredible initiatives are undertaken to turn this want into a reality. But, at the end of the 2020 Croatia tourist season, perhaps it's time to pause and reflect. For this year, it is undoubtedly loyalty and not luxury that's saved the Croatia tourist season.

In the year the coronavirus pandemic hit, arrivals by charter plane and cruise ship were seriously curtailed. So much for the flying visits of premium guests from far-flung lands. Instead, the tourists who came were from much closer to Croatia.

The English language that most on the coast are so familiar with was this year useless. On the beaches of Istria and northern Dalmatia, it was Slovenian, Polish, Czech, German, Slovakian and Italian that was heard. The packed bars of Makarska echoed with the familiar call of 'Đe si, bolan?' (where are you, bro? - in Bosnian dialect). Many of those who came drove to Croatia. And many do so every year.

1024px--Sharing-_Friday_night_pizza_(17405004226).jpg© Jeremy Segrott

Sighs and light-hearted jokes about some of these guests persist in some places. “That family come every year, but they only ever order one pizza to share between the four of them.” The choice of footwear of some German-speaking and Czech visitors frequently draws chuckles, in particular, the classic sock and sandal combo. But, just where would the 2020 Croatia tourist season have been without the 60,000 Czech and Slovak visitors who this year arrived by train?

Just two days ago, Jutarnji reported on phenomenal numbers of Polish visitors this year. Would anyone else really have taken the place of the returning family of four sharing a pizza? Just what would the season in Makarska have looked like without bolan?

Croatians are famously very appreciative hosts. On the ground, there's no doubt that such loyal guests are warmly welcomed and thanked each year by accommodation renters, restaurateurs and others. They greet returning visitors with smiles of familiarity and reserve for them their favourite place. In September 2020, gratitude to such guests was echoed by The Croatian National Tourist Board as they launched a new campaign 'Thank you', directed at the tourists who this year chose Croatia.

Perhaps it is time to ensure that this gratitude extends into any grand new initiatives for growth in the Croatia tourist season? Such loyal guests should not be taken for granted, nor forgotten.

Initiative within the Croatia tourist sector is vital. The unlocking of continental Croatia's potential is simply a must. That too of the Dalmatian hinterland and inland Istria. The exploitation of world-class Croatian assets such as nature, agriculture and health and wellness services are also perfectly on-point. The desire to attract a better class of bigger-spending visitor to luxury holidays on the Croatian coast should surely be a lower priority. After all, eyes that covet can all too frequently fail to appreciate that for which they should already be thankful.

SANDALS.jpg© Oddman47

Lead image adapted from an original photograph by © Marco Verch

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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

French Exclusive Networks Takes Over Large IT Company in Croatia

As Novac/Bernard Ivezic writes on the 7th of September, 2020, the French Exclusive Networks company has taken over Veracomp, a Polish company whose subsidiary in Croatia is one of the 50 largest IT companies on the Croatian market.

Last year, Veracomp had a revenue of 208.4 million kuna and a net profit of 3 million kuna in Croatia. It is a fast-growing company on the Croatian market whose business jumped by a third compared to the year before, both in terms of revenue and profitability.

Veracomp is originally a Polish company, founded back in 1991, and is positioned on the market as a Value Added Distributor of ICT equipment in the markets across Central and Eastern Europe. The French Exclusive Networks was founded in 1995 in France, has complementary offerings, operates across 100 countries and has 50 offices worldwide. The French takeover will significantly strengthen the company's presence in Central and Eastern Europe and also strengthen its competence in the field of cyber security.

Adam Rudowski, the CEO of Veracomp, warned that the transaction will be subject to regulatory approvals and that its conclusion is expected in the fourth quarter of 2020.

“Associating with the French Exclusive Networks is proof of the success of our approach and allows us to focus our expertise on a truly global mission, while continuing to contribute to growth and create greater value in the channel,” explained Rudowski.

He added that he will now be able to offer existing and potential partners suppliers and sellers new opportunities to increase the volume of business in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. He pointed out that this will also be a 'brand 'new chapter in Veracomp’s fantastic success story'' for their employees as well.

Olivier Breittmayer, the CEO of the French Exclusive Networks, stated they have returned to strengthening their operations here in Europe, where they initially started.

''The story of Exclusive Networks began in Europe, and after global expansion to the EMEA and APAC regions and North America, now is the right time to expand further into Central and Eastern Europe, which has always been our plan for future growth,” says Breittmayer.

He added that acquiring a successful and well-established distribution group is the best way to accelerate a presence in the new region and create opportunities for their strategic supplier and GSI partners. He has announced new investments and is particularly pleased that there is a strong cultural match and operational coherence between the two organisations.

"Our plan is to support continued success, and not to impose new structures. This means keeping Veracomp's key management in their current roles so as to ensure business continuity and achieve a plan for accelerated growth," Breittmayer concluded.

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Saturday, 22 August 2020

Polish Ambassador Thanks Croatia For Efforts To Find Missing Hiker

August 22, 2020 – Polish Ambassador Andrzej Edward Jasionowski writes in heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Polish Republic and its people. Addressed to Interior Minister Davor Božinović, the letter sincerely thanks Croatia, HGSS, the police, army and volunteers for their tireless search.

The Polish Ambassador, Andrzej Edward Jasionowski, has sent an official letter of gratitude to Croatia for the sustained efforts in trying to find a missing hiker. The document was sent to Croatian Interior Minister Davor Božinović but clearly it is addressed to members of HGSS, the Croatian police, army, air force and the country's volunteers who manned the search.

Letter sent by the Polish Ambassador

In the letter, Polish Ambassador Mr Jasionowski details his inability to address individually every member of the vast search party, who scored the mountain range around Biokovo for his missing countryman. In sending the letter to the head of the Ministry for the Interior, he clearly wishes the sincere thanks to be passed on to all those involved in the action.

Polish Ambassador Mr Jasionowski also acknowledges, on behalf of the Polish nation, his awareness of the cost of such an extensive search. 600 people including members from 15 stations of HGSS (the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service) from across Croatia, mountain rescuers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Croatian army, the Croatian police, members of mountaineering associations and many volunteers were involved in the search. Croatia allocated €160,000 for helicopter flights and the aerial search alone. Volunteers were assisted on the search by tracking dogs and drones, which took thousands of photos.

39-year-old Polish national Lukasz Dariusz went missing while hiking on Biokovo on Friday 31 July 2020. Unfortunately, he still remains missing.

Polish Ambassador to Croatia Mr. Andrzej Edward Jasionowski, pictured with Mrs. Katarina Grabar-Kitarović in 2018 © Polish Embassy Zagreb

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