Monday, 7 October 2019

Šibenik and County are Examples of Smart Use of EU Funds

Šibenik and its surroundings within the wider Šibenik-Knin County are an area for the possible extension of the implementation of the Integrated Territorial Investment Mechanism in the financial period from 2021 to 2027.

As Lucija Spiljak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 6th of October, 2019, the past weekend in Sibenik was marked by European Union funds as part of a three-day event organised by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, which presented more than 300 people in the Amadria Park tourist resort with results and good examples of using funds to change Croatia for the better.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković opened the Days of Regional Development and EU Funds on Saturday, pointing out that when taking over the EU Funds management system, Croatia was only at nine percent of the projects contracted, and it is now, rather encouragingly, at 75 percent.

Minister for Regional Development and EU Funds, Marko Pavić, visited the EU Funds Fair, where 38 Croatian OPGs and entrepreneurs who have been fund beneficiaries presented themselves.

"We have been paid 22 billion kuna so far. EU funds improve health care and 1.7 billion kuna has been invested in hospitals and equipment, more than one billion kuna has been invested in transport infrastructure, and Pelješac bridge, worth 365 million kuna, is a permanent ''monument'' to this.

''EU funds are also changing education in Croatia, and as such, more than one billion kuna has been invested in the e-school program, and 680 million kuna in curricular reform. 6.5 million kuna has been allocated to employment, so EU funds are also contributing to young people staying in Croatia,'' Pavić said.

He is optimistic about the financial period from 2021 to 2027, when one of the goals will be, as he announced, a simpler application procedure. The City of Šibenik is one of the most positive examples of the use of EU funds and a pioneer in the restoration of cultural heritage in Croatia.

They restored the fortresses of St. Michael (Mihovil) and Barone, making Šibenik the only city in Croatia with two cultural monuments that are inscribed on UNESCO's prestigious list of protected monuments. The fortress of St. John, a project worth 41.5 million kuna, expected to be completed by the summer of 2021.

"Thanks to EU funds and cooperation with various ministries, the economy, tourism, and the education system have developed, new jobs have started to be created and it's becoming easier to attract young people, and in the future. we'll focus even more on helping young families,'' said Šibenik's mayor, Zeljko Buric.

Money from EU funds is being invested directly in the entire area of Šibenik-Knin County, stated Mayor Goran Pauk, and the projects are either implemented, are currently underway, or are being prepared.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Sibenik Chocolate Bagatin Coin as New City Souvenir

September 18, 2019 - Sibenik was the first city in Croatia to mint its own money during the Venetian period. Today, the city has released a new sweet souvenir in its honor. 

HRTurizam writes that back in 1485, the Venice Council of Nine approved the minting and use of Sibenik's coins - known as the bagatin, which was a means of payment in the city for more than two centuries. The bagatin was one-twelfth of a Venetian soldo, which was worth 30 Venetian ducats.

As stipulated by the Decree on Forging, on one side of the coin was the figure of St. Marcus, the patron saint of Venice, and on the other, the figure of St. Michael, patron saint of the town of Sibenik. The towns of Split, Zadar, Trogir, and Hvar began minting their bagatin shortly after.

NP Krka writes that the bagatin was saved from oblivion in 2008 by Sibenik goldsmith Ljazir Čivljak. 

“He had visited the Bagatin cafe near his shop to closely examine the replica of this coin hanging on the wall in the cafe, and this inspired him to develop a version as a traditional souvenir. Civljak's bagatin is somewhat larger than the original and made of silver, unlike the original coins that were minted from copper and brass. In addition to creating this as a stand-alone souvenir, Civljak has also incorporated the coin into different jewelry pieces, such as necklaces, bracelets and rings,” reads the NP Krka website.

The Sibenik bagatin is now the city’s new sweet souvenir.

Namely, the Sibenik Bagatin Project was presented on Tuesday at the Museum of the City of Sibenik.

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The project is a collaboration between the School of Tourism and Hospitality and the Technical School, which is funded by the Ministry of Tourism through a program to promote and strengthen the competence of vocational professions for tourism. The idea was to design the bagatin as a delicacy and as a souvenir, which was succeeded in the form of chocolate coins.

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The developer of the project is the School of Tourism and Hospitality, and the Museum of the City of Sibenik plans to use this delicacy as a souvenir.

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Sunday, 1 September 2019

New Maritime Connection Between Šibenik, Žirje and Kaprije

Good news for both those visiting and those who live in the historic city of Šibenik and its immediate surroundings, not to mention on the numerous nearby islands, as a brand new and much needed maritime connection is announced by Šibenik-Knin County.

Many residents of Croatia's inhabited islands complain of a lack of, or at the very least inadequate public transport links between the islands and the mainland. In summer, these vessels are typically packed with foreign tourists, and in the winter, many of the lines simply cease running until April or even May finally rolls around again.

Connections to the mainland and also between specific islands has been an issue for years, and it seems that some concrete moves are finally being made for various locations and islands up and down the Croatian coast.

As Morski writes on the 31st of August, 2019, the administration of Šibenik-Knin County in Dalmatia has informed local islanders, mainland residents and other potential passengers that as of the 31st of August, 2019, a new maritime connection has been put into full use in the local area.

Namely, public transport by sea for both residents and visitors will be performed between Žirje - Kaprije - Šibenik and vice versa by the ship operator G&V Line Iadera d.o.o. from Zadar. The Zadar-based operator has engaged a high-speed passenger ship named (HSC) "Antonija" to do the job, which boasts a fair capacity of 194 passengers. The vessel was constructed back in the year 2002.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Pahor Confirms Arrival at Croatia-Slovenia-Austria Meeting in Šibenik

ZAGREB, August 29, 2019 - Slovenia's President Borut Pahor on Wednesday confirmed that he would attend the 6th edition of regular Trilateral Meetings of the presidents of Croatia, Slovenia and Austria that will be held in Šibenik next Wednesday, Slovenia's media have reported.

These regular trilateral meetings are aimed at strengthening relations and cooperation in a narrower regional format and the current theme of the meeting in Šibenik will be the future of the European Union particularly in light of the recent European election and other European and international topics, Pahor's office said in a press release.

Presidents Pahor, Alexander Van der Bellen and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will put a special emphasis to the strengthening of friendly relations between neighbouring countries and Southeast Europe. In that regard they will discuss the continuation of European prospects for countries in the Western Balkans and about migrations, says the press release issued in Ljubljana.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Light is Life: Šibenik Celebrates Its Unique History of Light with Festival

August 27, 2019 - The fourth edition of 'Light is Life' will be held in Šibenik on August 28, 2019.

Goran Rihel of HRTurizam writes that apart from knowing their date of birth, every Šibenik citizen should know and be proud of another date, namely August 28. It was this date, back in 1895, that marked the first day of the Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant being commissioned, the day when Šibenik, as one of the first cities in the world, received public lighting on alternate current. 

And it happened just two days after one of the most renowned AC power plants, Niagara Falls in the US, was built. However, the residents of Buffalo only started using its electricity a year later, while it came to Šibenik the same evening.

The Jaruga Hydroelectric Power Plant was also the first power plant in the world with a complete closed system for the production, transmission and distribution of AC power. The electricity was first used for public lighting, then for business purposes and production, and only later entered households and was widely accepted by the inhabitants of Šibenik. The credit for hydroelectric power plants with an AC system belongs to Nikola Tesla, who invented the AC system and transmission line, and was built at the initiative of Šibenik Mayor Ante Šupuk, his son Marko and engineer Vjekoslav Meichsner.

Thus, it would be foolish not to exploit this story and fact, not only through tourism, but through the entire branding of the city. Šibenik - a city of light, with its phenomenal fortresses and history, through the play of light and shadow, can be a stage and an art installation.

This is exactly the vision of Zoran Lučić Luca, the author of the project 'Light is Life', which, with the support of the Tourist Board of Šibenik and sponsors, is held for the fourth time in Šibenik on August 28. 

The light spectacle 'Light is Life' marks the day when, more than a hundred years ago, Šibenik, as one of the first cities in the world, received public lighting on alternating current, and the festival celebrates light as a source of life and electricity as a source of light.

In addition to the basic idea and commitment to 'Light is life', renewable energy sources and the rational use of energy potential, this year the theme is family and life in the old town, which is slowly dying out due to modern lifestyles and tourism trends. Thus, light installations are adapted to the theme, and the original motif of this year's poster was the original 1895 street lamp for public lighting.

This year, as part of the Šibenik event, the city will become an outdoor gallery through various light installations and events that will be spread throughout the city.

Rihelj writes that the “Light is Life” event can be a top event in Croatia and a direction for the future development of Šibenik - not only through tourism, but also through the overall economy.

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As the world turns to renewables and ecology, Šibenik can and should rightly lead the story. With two UNESCO monuments, fortresses, Fraust Vrančić, the inventor of the parachute, and the story mentioned above, Šibenik has something to be proud of.

Rihelj adds that the event must receive much more attention and support in order to accelerate its development, since it is a manifestation that makes Šibenik globally recognizable and is certainly a motive for arrivals.

He says that this must be one of the "bright" directions for the future development and branding of the city, as a boutique destination for a unique cultural and historical tourism product for year-round tourism.

In addition, with all strategic preconditions, with strategic and smart development, Šibenik can stand by the side of Dubrovnik. 

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

City of Šibenik to Eager to Begin Croatian Coral Center on Zlarin Island

August 20, 2019 - The Croatian Coral Center project on the island of Zlarin off Šibenik is worth over 24 million kuna.

The City of Šibenik has thus opened a public procurement procedure for the renovation of the Šare and Kažerma houses with an access road, as part of the Zlarin Croatian Coral Center project. The estimated value is HRK 8,193,109.40, excluding VAT, reports HRTurizam.

This investment will form the infrastructure backbone of the Croatian Coral Center on Zlarin, and will form the basis for the sustainable use of natural heritage and more efficient management of visitors to the island of Zlarin and the surrounding area, the City of Šibenik said.

Four floors of the Kažerma house with a total area of 452.98 m2 will be renovated, as well as three floors of the Šare house, with a total net area of 204.52 m2. Additionally, a courtyard between these houses of 87.50 m2 will serve as a presentation and educational center. A road will be reconstructed, which leads from the coast to the houses and physically connects them.

The project to establish the Croatian Coral Center on Zlarin involves the renovation of the Šare and Kažerma houses. The Kažerma house will function as a showroom with a permanent display that will include an ecosystem display and protected species of the Šibenik archipelago, the Zlarin coral tradition, and a library with scientific works and poetry by Vesna Parun. The entire permanent exhibition will be equipped with modern technologies such as augmented reality, kinetic figures, and other audiovisual attractions. The Šare house will be transformed into an educational research center with an amphitheater and accommodation units for researchers and scientists.

The project will also establish a system for monitoring the movement of visitors, carry out monitoring of coralligenous biocenosis, purchase electric vessels and vehicles for the transportation of visitors, create a set of unique souvenirs of the Croatian Coral Center Zlarin, conduct training on the functionality of the center for staff of the center and partners, develop educational and tourist programs, and develop the brand of the future center.

The project will also work on exploring the sea of Šibenik-Knin County with an emphasis on corals, as well as educating tourism staff about the importance of the sites themselves. The total value of the project is HRK 24,127,147.50.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

The Mediterranean as It Once Was: Sibenik in 1968 (VIDEO)

August 17, 2019 - Continuing our look at the Adriatic coast as it once was, a journey back in time over 50 years ago to gorgeous Sibenik 1968.

It is one of my favourite cities in Croatia, and one of its most underrated. 

Nestled between more fashionable Split and Zadar, each with their own airports, Sibenik is probably the less discovered gem of the bigger settlements on the Adriatic coast. 

That is slowly changing, however, as the City of Stone Fortresses asserts its cultural heritage. For here you will find not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Cathedral of St James and St Nicholas Fortress, the only place in Croatia with more than one world heritage site. 

How much has the city changed over the years? Judge for yourself by comparing Sibenik 2019 and this lovely snapshot of Sibenik 1968 in the video below. 

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Friday, 9 August 2019

New Boat Line Connects Important Points of Interest in Šibenik Bay

The City of Šibenik launched a new pilot project this year which connects the important points of interest in the Bay of Šibenik by boat.

Thus, the boat line, which hits the Mandalina peninsula, Šibenik waterfront, and Martinska beach, has been embraced by Šibenik locals and tourists and proved to be an excellent complement to the current tourist offer of the city, reports HRTurizam on August 8, 2019.

After the new boat line was tested and monitored, the timetable was altered so that from Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the first boat leaves at 8 am from the bus station, instead of the previous starting point, Mandalina. 

The City of Šibenik implemented this pilot project which is aimed at promoting the multimodality of passengers in the city area by connecting various points of interest in the Šibenik Bay and presenting transportation by boat as an effective and efficient complement to other forms of city traffic. After the first week, the new project proved to be a hit and provoked several positive reactions among the citizens, who, in addition to seeing the practical benefits, said that this boat tour also invokes a dose of emotion, reminding them of the old days when Martinska was their favorite beach.

The new boat tour kicks off at 8 am from the Bus Station towards Mandalina, then onto the Šibenik waterfront and finally to Martinska, and is followed by the same route back.

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The 'Avalon' boat has a capacity of 40 seats, and guests can purchase a refreshing drink on board. Upon the completion of the pilot project, a report on the activities carried out will be prepared, which will determine the demand for this type of transport in the city. The project will be implemented until September 2, 2019.

"The boat line runs six times a day, Monday through Sunday, seven days a week according to a set schedule. A return ticket is only HRK 10 and can be purchased on board. Upon the completion of the pilot project, a report will be drawn on the activities carried out, which will determine the demand for this type of transport in the city area, and the project will be implemented until September 2, 2019,” said the Šibenik City Administration.

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Monday, 29 July 2019

Police Catch Female Arsonist Suspected of Causing Fire Near Šibenik

The Šibenik police arrested a woman on Saturday afternoon who was directly linked to causing the fire in the Šibenik area over the weekend, reports Šibenski.portal on July 28, 2019.

"In connection with the fire that burned in the Šibenik Dubrava area on July 27, around 13:30, we inform you that the police have determined that this was caused deliberately.

Thanks to our commitment to work and the evidence gathered through the eyewitnesses, the Šibenik-Knin police narrowed the circle of suspects, and in the afternoon, they arrested a female directly linked to the fire," the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) said.

A criminal investigation has been carried out, and the Šibenik police will inform the public on the results of the investigation in a timely manner when all conditions are met.

Recall, on Saturday morning, Interior Minister Davor Božinović, together with Chief of Police Administration of Šibenik-Knin Ivica Kostanić, reported to the public that the police had excluded certain evidence and were working to bring the investigation to an end. 

"There is a possibility that the fire was started deliberately, and in that sense, we are conducting a criminal investigation and verifying whether there are any suspicious situations. We are checking certain facts and knowledge that we have to find the cause,” said Kostanić. 

Otherwise, Šibenski.portal informally found that it is the same woman who was suspected of starting seven fires in the Dubrava area from 18 July to 23 July two years ago. 

Chief firefighter Slavko Tucaković said on Saturday evening that the fire was under control and that fire rehabilitation has been carried out. It estimated that the intervention of firefighters lasting 28 hours will cost a minimum of 4 to  5 million kuna.

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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Fire Update: After 30 Hours, Fire in Šibenik Area Under Control

Just after 1:30 pm on Saturday, a fire broke out in the Dubrava area near Šibenik which at one point had 200 firefighters on the ground, up to six Canadairs, and forced motorway closures in the area. The strong southern wind (jugo) made it difficult for firefighters to fight the blaze, which burned over one kilometer. 

It was the first time the Croatian Army's ground forces have been engaged in this year's firefighting season and was named the biggest fire in Croatia this year. 

Despite the efforts of the forces on the ground and in the air, on Sunday morning, the fire is not yet under control. According to Šibenikski.portal, the fire has spread to Bilice. Volimir Milošević, commander of JVP Šibenik, two canadairs and two air tractors arrived early Sunday morning.

“It came to the hamlet of Slavica in Bilice. At one point, it moved to Grubišić, but we managed to put it out. Apart from Mihaljević and Jurasi, part of the fire spread to the Krtolin hill to the windmills,” says Milošević.

The good news is that the heroism of the firefighters managed to prevent damage to the facilities, but the fire has spread in several directions.

"With regard to the condition of the fire two hours ago, it is better now, but it is still bad. The Canadairs will work on the edges, however, the surface is large and the jugo wind creates problems because it sporadically sparks a new fire in certain locations," added the JVP Šibenik commander. 

The county firefighter commander Damir Dukić said that there was no classic evacuation, but that the police were with residents beside their homes while firefighters fought to save the buildings.

"The situation is much better than last night. It is a bit weaker,” Dukić continued. 

He too warned that the fire covered a large area and that it was hard to predict what would happen since it is burning through a thick pine forest.

"These are hills, they are tall pines, so we just have to be careful," Dukić said. He added that the motorway was open for all traffic after the fire forced road closures between Pirovac and Vrpolje on Saturday.

About 230 people worked to fight the fire overnight, and the firefighting teams and Croatian Army were joined by their Zadar associates.

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Index.hr reported that four firefighters were injured in the blaze, according to Chief Fireman Slavko Tucaković, who described the situation as "quite difficult".

"We had two injured firefighters yesterday - one had a knee injury and another inhaled smoke. They were transported to the hospital and they are well," he said. Overnight, another two firefighters were injured. One suffered from a hand injury, and the other from inhaling smoke.

Tucaković confirmed that they all received help and are well. 

Two Canadairs and air tractors resumed work since the early hours of the morning, and overnight there were 50 members of the Croatian Army troop forces engaged who were sent pn Saturday from the barracks in Benkovac, which will replace 52 soldiers from the barracks Knin and Sinj. On Saturday, air forces with a total of seven planes continued for more than six hours to put out the fires in Šibenik-Knin county, totaling more than 30 hours and about 1200 tons of water, MORH said. 

Just before 9 am Sunday morning, rain fell in the Šibenik area, and around 9:18 am, Zagreb firefighters left to help fight the Šibenik blaze. 

9:27 am Sunday morning: ”We are hoping for an hour-long heavy rainfall that could extinguish this fire, otherwise we will have to stay on the ground. Anyway, people are on the ground no matter what until everything is completely out,” said the Commander of the Public Fire Brigade of Šibenik, Volimir Milošević. The air forces returned to their bases in Split and Zadar due to the weather.

Chief firefighter Slavko Tucaković said at 10 am on Sunday that the situation on the ground is now stable.

"We maybe already could have declared the fire localized, and now, in relation to what it was, everything is under control. With the tremendous efforts of firefighters, army, and citizens, with a great joint effort, we have come to the conclusion, and I would certainly commend the county firefighter Darko Dukić who coordinated this great action,” said commander Slavko Tucaković.

Tucaković visited the scene this morning with Interior Minister Davor Božinović, who also expressed his satisfaction with the work of all the agencies, as well as the local self-government units and the citizens who contributed in the fight. 

"Although the situation was already under control, the heavy rain that came this morning was just what we needed, so we stopped the help from the interior because there is no need for it. Now we are actually slowly releasing people and reorganizing the forces on the ground,” Tucaković explained.

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