Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Split Restaurant Nights: Explore 3-Course Menus at Promotional Prices

October 6, 2021 - As part of the Taste of the Mediterranean Festival, Split Restuarant Nights will be held for the first time this weekend!

As part of the Taste of the Mediterranean Festival, Split Restuarant Nights will be held for the first time on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, in which 15 restaurants will offer unique 3-course Mediterranean menus and wines at promotional prices.

Participating restaurants include Atlantida, Bajamonti, Brasserie on 7, Bokeria, Corto Maltese, Dujkin dvor, Fantažija, Konoba Fetivi, Konoba Marul, Mazgoon, Laganini, Pandora Greenbox, Portofino, Sidi bar, and Šug.

Split restaurants have already started sharing the 3-course menus they'll be offering to guests this weekend in anticipation of the new event. 

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Konoba Marul, for example, will offer a 3-course menu featuring:

1. Orzotta with shrimp and smoked mussels
2. Octopus tentacles with creamy puree and šalsa
3. Split cake for dessert

Two glasses of wine of your choice (Posip and Plavac mali) are also included, for a total price of 210 kuna.

Dujkin Dvor, on the other hand, is offering:

1. Risotto with Adriatic shrimps, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese ice cream
2. Tuna pasticada 'a la Dujka'
3. Split cake

This menu includes Posip Smokvica (Korcula) or Plavac Lucic (Peljesac) wines for a total price of 195 kuna. 

Finally, the Šug menu features:

1. Šug plate - pate of shrimp, tuna, shrimps with pistachio, and smoked swordfish

2. Tećada - with white fish, shells, scampi, octopus, and macaroni

3. Split cake

This offer includes Cosseto Malvazija Prima Luce (0,125l) for a total of 210 kuna.

This is just part of the 9th Taste the Mediterranean Festival, which brings together international and Croatian chefs from Michelin restaurants and Gault & Millau accolades.

In addition to this weekend's event, the Split restaurants Dvor, Kadena, Kinoteka, Hotel Park, Zora Bila, and Zrno Soli will host chefs from seven countries who will organize six-course gala dinners together with Croatian chefs, and Noštromo will turn the entire Split Fish Market into a restaurant for one dinner. The festival also includes many workshops and panels at Briig Boutique Hotel in Bačvice, which you can read about here

For the second year in a row, the festival partner country is Spain, which will present its delicacies, wines, and olive oils in Split. Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre and chef Goran Šikić will offer Spanish gastronomic products at a gala dinner at the Briig Hotel, while Dr. Mirella Žanetić will lead a Spanish olive oil tasting.

Part of the festival will be held in the vicinity of Split, as participants will visit Omis, the Cetina River Canyon, Radman's mills, and Arsan Tasting House in Omiš. 

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

2022 European Water Polo Championships in Split: Brilliant Video to Tempt Tourists Next Year

October 5, 2021 - Less than a year away, the 2022 European Water Polo Championships in Split have been announced with a standout video destined to tempt visitors to Croatia next September. 

At the LEN Congress held in Budapest not so long ago, the Croatian Water Polo Federation presented Split as the host of the next senior European Water Polo Championships in 2022. Along with a presentation by Renato Živković, Secretary-General of the Croatian Water Polo Federation, a promotional short film was presented showcasing the best of Split. 

"The whole idea behind our project, from idea to realization, is our famous water polo player and former national team member Ivan Buljubašić with his wife Marina, done through the story of a little boy Ivo or ‘Ivo, the water polo player,’ and in an amusing, affirmative and interesting way," writes the Croatian Water Polo Federation.

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s best to watch this incredibly well-done short film about what Split has in store for the 2022 European Water Polo Championships. 

The 35th European Water Polo Championships will be held from August 27 to September 10, 2022, in Split. 

While the event was supposed to be held in early or mid-summer, the European Champs were moved to late summer since the World Championships were moved to May 2022.

“To have our top water polo event in July 2022 would mean an unbearable load for our great water polo players who will need to enjoy a substantial recovery period after an unprecedentedly busy spring. Athletes’ welfare has always been at the core of LEN’s policies, and we shall never move away from our principles. Therefore, the Croatian Water Polo Federation and the local organizers were all very supportive of holding the championships at the end of the summer," said LEN President Paolo Barelli when announcing the dates. 

The European Championships will be held at Spaladium Arena, which has a capacity of 10,000 spectators. 

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Split Set to Take Croatia's Busiest Airport Title in 2021

October 5, 2021 - Croatia's busiest airport will not be in the capital city this year, as Split Airport is set to transport the most travelers in 2021.

In September 2021, Split Airport accepted and dispatched more than 328 thousand passengers, which is 253 thousand more passengers than last year, and only 141 thousand fewer passengers compared to the record-breaking September 2019!

A few months ago, it was clear that Split will be the champion in the number of passengers transported in the Republic of Croatia this year, and this was confirmed on Monday by the publication of Zagreb airport statistics, which, despite the introduction of 15 Ryanair routes, remained below 200,000 passengers.

From January to the end of September, Split accepted and dispatched 1,363,413 passengers, which Zagreb is unlikely to achieve in the whole of 2021. However, given the number of weekly operations and available lines, a significant number of passengers in Split is expected in October.

Split Airport will deservedly take the title of the busiest Croatian airport at the end of the year after Zagreb Airport carried it for years.

By the end of 2021, Split will probably accept and dispatch more than 1.5 million passengers, which is less than in 2019, when there were 3.3 million, but there is no doubt that Split is on the right path to recovery and that will cross 2 million passengers again next year.

In other news, Dubrovnik Airport had more than 200,000 passengers in September this year. 

Namely, 207,558 passengers passed through Dubrovnik Airport in September, as many as 166,000 more passengers compared to the same month in 2021. On the other hand, compared to September 2019, there were 50% fewer passengers (405,924 at the time). The largest share in traffic is made up of passengers from traditionally dominant markets - Great Britain, the United States of America, and France.

From January 1 to September 30, a total of 787,590 passengers traveled through Dubrovnik Airport, while in the same period last year, there were only 306,949. 

Given that Dubrovnik will be well connected to several European destinations in October, a significant increase in the number of monthly passengers is expected to continue. Dubrovnik Airport will thus reach one million passengers by the end of this year. 

Source: Croatian Aviation

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Monday, 4 October 2021

Protest Held Outside KBC Split Hospital

ZAGREB, 4 Oct 2019 - Unvaccinated employees of the KBC Split hospital and members of the public on Monday staged a protest outside the hospital in that coastal city, shouting insults at members of the hospital management.

As of today, employees in the healthcare and welfare systems, visitors, and persons accompanying patients have to have digital COVID-19 certificates. All health workers coming to work have to present their COVID-19 certificate showing that they have either been vaccinated or have recovered from the coronavirus infection while others have to undergo testing two times a week.

The protesters outside the KBC Split hospital shouted insults at members of the hospital management, and some started pulling at them. They also shouted insults at reporters in an attempt to prevent them from taking statements from the hospital management.

The protesters said that they were not against vaccination but against being forced to get vaccinated.

One of the emergency medical service employees said the new rules were a form of pressure and that everyone should have the right to choose while one doctor blamed COVID-19 fatalities on the media which, she said, "kept feeding the public such information, and that hospitalized patients were dying of fear, not of coronavirus."

Split-Dalmatia County Assembly deputy head Mate Šimundić was also among the protesters.

Hospital head Julije Meštrović toured the locations on the hospital premises where employees were being tested for COVID-19, noting that everything was well organized and that there was no queuing.

Asked to comment on the protest, he said that protesters had the right to express their opinion and that most of them were not hospital staff but members of the public.

No protests in Rijeka 

The first day of the new epidemiological regime for healthcare and welfare system workers in Rijeka was without problems or protests, with the testing of unvaccinated staff having started over the weekend.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021

2021 Split Advent Announced from November 27 to January 6

October 2, 2021 - The 2021 Split Advent event will be held from November 27, 2021, to January 6, 2022. 

The 'Žnjan' company invites all natural and legal persons interested in exhibiting at the 2021 Split Advent event to submit offers for exhibiting, presenting, and selling their products and services. The event will take place from November 27 to January 6 on the Riva, in Đardin, on the Cornaro ramparts, and from December 3 to January 3, in the Mertojak park, reports Dalmatinski Portal.

"Exhibition, sale, and presentation include the following: Christmas products, books, and multimedia, designed souvenirs and gifts, indigenous products, gastronomic offer, presentations of tourist boards, counties, cities, municipalities, and chambers of crafts. Interested bidders are required to download the documentation to submit offers at Žnjan d.o.o. www.znjan.hr or the Split Tourist Board www.visitsplit.com as of October 11, 2021," reports the company.

Offers are submitted from October 1 to 11 and must have the accepted general and special conditions organized by 2021/2022 Split Advent, with the required documentation in person at the premises of Žnjan d.o.o. at Kralja Zvonimira 14. (11th floor), from 9.00 to 14.00 on weekdays.

"The offer must be received by the specified hour and day, regardless of the method of delivery. All natural and legal persons have the right to submit offers and participate in the event and must submit proof of registered activity, duly fill out and submit an offer to join with a description of the content, accept the general and special conditions organized by 2021/2022 Split Advent and submit the required documentation to the premises of Žnjan doo, by the above deadline," they added.

The offers will be opened in public at the company's premises on October 11 at 2 pm, and all offers must be submitted by then.

"The Commission selects the Split Advent participants. The criterion for selecting the best offers will be the highest amount, and the decision will be published on October 12 on the website of the company and the Tourist Board," they concluded.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021

Split Celebrates Street Culture with xSTatic 2021

October 2, 2021 - The countdown has begun, and everything is ready for the 8th edition of the Split Street Art Festival - xSTatic 2021!

Graffiti art, skateboarding (skate park Kolo), breakdance (Underground Society), street basketball (Unisport ST), stand-up comedy (SplickaScena), and a live radio program (KLFM) - the best of the Split street art scene with strong international reinforcements will gather on Saturday at Gripe and Koteks.

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The 8th xSTatic will host as many as 24 domestic and 4 international graffiti artists, and drawing in city locations has already begun. The unfinished concrete surfaces of the Spaladium Arena will be painted by graffiti artists Lonac and Jarus, probably also known to a broader audience.

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"The fact that this is the only event that promotes urban culture and is intended mainly for young people speaks volumes about the importance of the festival. In addition, I am glad that at a time when everything is online, and interactions take place almost in a robotic form, we organize a festival that makes you go out, look, perceive, cheer, get inspired, and in the end - enjoy. For me personally, xSTatic is the pinnacle of everything you either do/create or try to make/create throughout the year," said the organizer of the graffiti section and one of the first graffiti artists in Split, Pero Rančić, ahead of the Festival.

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The all-day program starts in the morning when graffiti artists begin drawing and continues with afternoon competitions. The skate competition organized by the Split skateboard club Kolo will begin at 1 pm, and the competitors will measure their strength and skills 'one on one', modeled on the Game of skate. A street basketball competition will follow at 2 pm, followed by an "All style battles" dance competition at 3 pm. Participants' dance skills will be assessed by famous dancers Kamilla (LT), Leksa (BiH), and Lux ​​de Lux (HR). Announcements of winners in all categories will begin at 6 pm.

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The all-day program does not end there. From 8 pm, stand-up comedians "SplickeScene" will make everyone laugh, and Split hip-hop musicians Alejuandro Buendija and Sons, Banana Zvuk, Krešo Bengalka, Žuvi, Magellano, Lil Bear, and Phlagma will make everyone dance.

The all-day program will be accompanied by KLFM radio behind the scenes, which will move its studio to Gripe for the weekend, broadcast shows, and provide an all-day electric music backdrop to the festival.

Admission to the entire festival program is free and follows all applicable epidemiological measures. Covid certificates are required to enter the evening concert.

This year's xSTatic coincides with the International Day of Nonviolence, so it is a great opportunity for young people to celebrate good vibes, socializing, and have fun.

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Thursday, 30 September 2021

ABA League: KK Split Loses to Partizan Belgrade 59:69 (24:38)

September 30, 2021 - Two losses for Split and two wins for Belgrade in their first games in the ABA League.

First Red Star then Cibona and now Partizan. You can call it a classic season opener for the "Yellows". While the first ABA league game in Belgrade did not go well, KK Split was able to beat Cibona Zagreb 73:62 at home to start the Premijer Liga on the right foot. 

Split's newly appointed head coach, former team captain and assistant coach Srđan Subotić, expects repeating good games on the home court, and most importantly a big step forward compared to the devastating 97:61 loss in the 1st round of ABA League against Red Star.

"Against Cibona, it was seen how much wind in our backs the return of fans in the bleachers gave us. We will get back at them, this is a derby, we are motivated and ready, we will do all to keep the points at home for our fans at home," were the Split coach's words before the game.

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At Gripe, the second game in the ABA league started slow for the home team, while legendary guest coach Željko Obradović saw his team take a 5:0 lead which Partizan was able to increase to 11:3 before Split got into the game and closed the first at 15:17 immediately after giving away their first lead of the match.

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Burak Canboy

A very low shooting percentage was the reason why KK Split lost control of the game during the second quarter and had to watch Belgrade score attack after attack to take a 38:24 lead at halftime.

Tonko Vuko's buzzer-beater to finish the third quarter 43:53 marked the only quarter Split was able to win (19:15) was also the signal for the "Yellows" to start the last effort to come back.

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Three three-pointers by Toni Perković gave Split some momentum and got the home crowd from their seats in the final quarter of the game. However, the routine of Belgrade was enough to regain control and safely take the points home. 

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Burak Canboy

Perković was the only player in double digits for Split (17), LeDay (15 points,  10 rebounds) and Smailagić (12 points) were the top scorers for Partizan Belgrade.

Referees: Igor Dragojević, Miloš Koljenšić, Ernad Karović

Box score:

https://www.aba-liga.com/match-live/8/21/1/Overview/q1/1/home/split-partizan-nis/

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Thursday, 30 September 2021

2027 European Games in Split? City Wants to Host Multi-Sport Spectacle

September 30, 2021 - 2027 European Games in Split? The Split Olympians Club is moving fast to ensure the city hosts this multi-sport spectacle. 

Split wants to host the 2027 European Games! It is a new multi-sport spectacle held in Baku in 2015, Minsk in 2019, and Krakow in 2023. Split wants to organize this competition in 2027, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

"This is a time of decision, a turning point. We are deciding whether Split will become a big periphery or a small metropolis," said Željko Jerkov, the Split Olympians Club president.

Behind the idea is the Split Olympians Club, whose president is celebrated water polo player Milivoj Bebić. He and Jerkov, secretary of the Split Olympians Club Josip Reić, and great handball player and today coach Petar Metličić, met with the City of Split.

"We spoke with Deputy Mayor Antonio Kuzmanić, and as soon as possible, we will go to Rome together to the headquarters of the European Olympic Committees and get all the first-hand information about the type of candidacy, indicative costs, and how it should be held. Lots of technical details to prepare a presentation for the City Council, whose support we need, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Croatia," Jerkov said.

"We talked to Prime Minister Plenković, and he is absolutely behind us, as is the president of the Croatian Olympic Committee, Zlatko Mateša. These are games that are four times bigger than the Mediterranean Games, but just right for today's Split."

Why does Split need them?

"First, we have a great memory of the Mediterranean Games in the city. They have transformed this city; we think that for our type of city, one such, in fact, the largest multi-sport event in Europe, would be ideal for progress. We need a big manifestation."

How many should new facilities be built?

"The motto of these Games is not to build new facilities, but to integrate existing ones into the Games. There is no Olympic Village, the high costs borne by the Olympic Games are becoming more modest, but the Games themselves are crucial.

That is why many sports use them as qualifications for the Olympic Games. The Mediterranean Games lacked that sporting part, the flow to the Olympics. Maximum sporting feats must be achieved here."

What sports would be in Split?

"It is about 15 sports, but we can have 20 of them, we choose, but the basis is to enter sports that qualify for the Olympic Games through those Games. Then we can add something of our own. But the first is to address funding models."

How much will the Games cost?

"There are several financing models, that's why we are going to Rome. We can withdraw a lot of money from European funds. Now sports facilities can be financed with money from EU funds; one part will be provided by the state and the European Olympic Committee. We have to agree on that, the financing, then there are television, marketing rights. We choose the modality."

All the details will be learned in Rome.

"Then a serious organizing committee should be formed, first for the candidacy, and then for the implementation of the Games. But, first, we will put everything on the table for the City. Then make, make a presentation for the City Council, which should then, familiar with all the details, decide for the organizers of the European Games."

With money from the funds, from the European Olympic Committee, and from the state budget, the current sports facilities would be renovated. 

"The reconstruction of Poljud would certainly take place, the athletic stadium in the Youth Park would be renovated, we believe that the completion of the Spaladium Arena project would be possible, and the halls in the Gripe complex would also be renewed."

Given that there is a possibility of withdrawing funds outside the city budget, isn't this a chance to construct sports facilities lacking not only for athletes but also for the standard of living in Split?

"We believe that a real gymnasium could finally be built, then a new hall in the east of the city, so that Split, which has an incredible tennis tradition and results, finally gets indoor tennis courts."

It would be like the Mediterranean Games in Split 50 years later.

"That's right; we are going there with Deputy Mayor Kuzmanić first. Let's go for first-hand information so as not to be told. It is the fairest way to find out what that means there. We in the Split Olympians Club already know a lot; that's why we proposed and hold that this is a huge project for the new Split, as I said, to become a small metropolis," concluded Jerkov.

They now must collect all the relevant data and submit it to the city councilors. This is an excellent opportunity for the city to make a significant infrastructural step forward. The Mediterranean Games brought not only new sports facilities but also the Marjan tunnel.

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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Taste the Mediterranean: Split Festival Brings Together World's Top and Local Chefs

September 30, 2021 - Taste the Mediterranean is an international festival in Split, joining the world's best chefs with the local culinary scene through special menus, panels, and gala dinners. 

From October 6 to 9, Split will become the gastronomic center of the Mediterranean. The international festival Taste the Mediterranean brings the top world and local chefs to the city, whose restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars and Gault & Millau points. Chefs from seven countries will be guests at the Split restaurants Dvor, Kadena, Kinoteka, Hotel Park, Zora Bila, and Zrno Soli. Together with the host chefs, they will prepare six-course Mediterranean gala dinners accompanied by top wines, reports Dalmatinski Portal.

Chef Zlatko Marinović Noštromo will prepare an exclusive feast for the festival participants at the opening evening. The city's Fish Market will be turned into an elegant restaurant for the occasion.

For the first time during the festival, 'Nights of Split restaurants' will be held, an event organized by Taste the Mediterranean and the Tommy retail chain, a premium partner of the Taste the Mediterranean Festival, which recognized the value of this event for presenting and promoting Split and Split and Dalmatian gastronomy. The restaurants included in this program, 15 of them, will offer a special three-course Mediterranean menu and wine at a popular price to the citizens of Split and tourists on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, and provide them with a unique enogastronomic experience. The restaurants include Atlantida, Bajamonti, Brasserie on 7, Bokeria, Corto Maltese, Dujkin Dvor, Fantažija, Konoba Fetivi, Konoba Marul, Mazgoon, Laganini, Pandora Greenbox, Portofino, Sidi bar, and Šug. The tastes and aromas of the Mediterranean will be felt at every step of the city, and Split, as an authentic Mediterranean center of rich cultural and historical heritage, will show a wide range of its gastronomic offer: from fine dining to taverns (konobas).

The festival's main events will take place at the Briig Boutique Hotel, where the participants of the panel ‘Catering during and after COVID’ will gather on Thursday, October 7. The pandemic has hit tourism worldwide hard; not only has it affected the decline in catering turnover, but it has also imposed new rules and models of winning over guests and meeting their needs. Chef Vesna Miletić, Jelena Tabak, president of the National Association of Croatian Caterers, chef Ippei Uemura, Filip Verbanac, director of the Department for Spirits, Coffee and Catering Coca-Cola HBC for the Adria business unit, and Ivo Vrdoljak, restaurant owner, will uncover how professionals from the hospitality sector are coping with new challenges.

The importance of waste management in the hospitality and hotel industry will be discussed at the 'Zero waste' panel on Friday, October 8, and its participants are Nataša Kalauz, CEO of WWF Adria, chef Lionel Levy, president of the French association Gourméditerranée, Suzana Musa, CEO Veneficus, and Francesco Pantalone, General Manager of the Bellevue Hotel in Mali Lošinj.

Exchanging experiences and networking with other Mediterranean countries and the education of pupils, students, and professionals are the main goals of the Taste the Mediterranean Festival. Therefore, the program also includes culinary masterclasses of top foreign and domestic chefs and workshops for students of the private catering school Oliva Allegra, high school Aspira and high school Jure Kaštelan in Omiš.

The panel discussion 'Learn and make your dreams come true' is also intended for young people who want to invest in their knowledge. Kruno Rozić, head of education at the Raise the Bar Academy, will present how young chefs, waiters, and bartenders can win a Coca-Cola Academy Raise the Bar scholarship for training in prestigious world culinary schools. In addition, confectioner Tea Mamut, chef Nikolina Putica, chef Deni Srdoč from the Rijeka restaurant Nebo, and Tonči Drlje, head of gastronomy at the Aspira High School, will all share their inspirational stories of education in an international environment.

Taste the Mediterranean has established extraordinary cooperation with Spain, the festival's partner country, for the second year in a row and brings its specialties, wines, and olive oils to Split. In addition to the cooking show at the Briig Boutique Hotel, Spanish products will be presented by chef Maria Jimenez Latorre. At the Park Hotel with chef Goran Šikić, they will prepare a gala dinner with specialties from their country.

The festival's exclusive wine tastings will be led by excellent wine connoisseurs Alen Gulan, Siniša Koceić, and Rajner Rogulj from Split's Vinolike. At the same time, Dr. Mirella Žanetić will especially present Spanish extra virgin olive oils.

A group of chefs from the French association Gourméditerranée is also coming to the festival to present the gastronomy of Provence and the south of France in the best light, as well as the great world event Gout de France.

On Saturday, October 9, the festival participants will discover the beauties of Omiš and the Cetina river canyon and enjoy the delicacies of Radman's mills and Arsana Tasting House in Omis.

It will be an exciting promotion of Split and Dalmatia as the leading Mediterranean eno gastronomic destination and promote Croatian Mediterranean identity, food, and heritage.

Taste the Mediterranean is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, Split-Dalmatia County, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, and the Split Tourist Board.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Joint Statement by A5 Members: Cooperation in Region to Strengthen Security

ZAGREB, 28 Sept, 2021 - The chiefs of staff of the member states of the US-Adriatic Charter (A5) signed a joint statement at a conference near Split on Tuesday in which they advocate strengthening cooperation between countries in Southeast Europe for the sake of common security.

The statement was also signed by U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Michael L. Howard.

The conference, held in Podstrana outside Split, was organised by Croatia's Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Admiral Robert Hranj.

Apart from Croatian participants, also participating in the conference were the chiefs of staff of the US-Adriatic Charter countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United States, representatives of the observer countries Kosovo and Slovenia, and the commanders of the national guards of the partner US federal states, the Defence Ministry said in a press release.

"Since its establishment, the Charter has confirmed to be an important mechanism to strengthen regional cooperation and to assist countries in Southeast Europe on their journey to Euro-Atlantic, political, economic, security and defence institutions," the statement notes.

The A5 Charter is a regional security-defence initiative that was established in 2003 in an effort to assist member countries in accessing Euro-Atlantic associations.

"The point of the joint statement is that the US-Adriatic Charter is directed towards cooperation between countries in the region and our joint priority is to be secure," Admiral Hranj said.

"It is important that the United States is helping us through various mechanisms and one of those is cooperation with EUCOM," underscored Hranj, adding that that includes cooperation with the National Guard given that each of the A5 members has a partner in one of the US National Guards.

Croatia is the current chair of the US-Adriatic Charter and next year Montenegro will take over presidency of the initiative.

Montenegro's representatives informed us of their plans regarding US-Adriatic Charter presidency and I believe that Montenegro will successfully conduct its chairmanship, said Hranj.

Two large military exercises are planned for 2023 and the idea is to have all A5 member states participate with the assistance of U.S. forces, concluded Hranj.

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