Tuesday, 20 July 2021

One Important Zagreb Road to Remain Closed for Four Weeks

July the 20th, 2021 - As the very height of summer approaches and most of Zagreb's residents head either down to the coast or abroad for their annual breaks, one important Zagreb road is set to close for four entire weeks, and warnings have been issued to residents remaining in the capital to prepare for queues as a result.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, for almost a month (four weeks), ie from July the 19th to Monday, August the 9th, a special traffic regulation will be valid on on important Zagreb road - Miramarska cesta.

Every day from 09:00 to 14:00, the western and eastern traffic lanes of this central Zagreb road will be closed off, and traffic will be allowed to continue along the remaining free part, meaning that queues and traffic jams are more than likely.

The reason for the half-closure of this important Zagreb road in the heart of the city is the execution of works on the modernisation of public lighting along the railway underpass, the Zagreb City Office for Local Self-Government announced.

''We'd like to warn our fellow citizens about possible difficulties in traffic and as such, we're asking for your patience during this time,'' they stated from the aforementioned office.

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Friday, 21 May 2021

Milanović: Situation in Zagreb Hospital Should Have Been Dealt with Sooner

ZAGREB, 21 May 2021 - President Zoran Milanović said on Friday that the situation in Zagreb's KBC Sisters of Charity Hospital was a disastrous example of neglect and mismanagement, noting that Prime Minister Andrej Plenković should have dealt with that problem right away.

Milanović, who was visiting the northern Adriatic peninsula of Istria to attend an exhibition staged on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the first national revival gathering of the Croats of Istria and Kvarner, commented on the Health Ministry having sent an inspection team to the hospital to investigate allegations of unlawful activities.

"I believe it is a disastrous example of neglect, mismanagement. It describes best what has been going on at that hospital for a year. After a conflict between the minister and a doctor working there, the case should have been solved by dismissing either him or her," he said.

Milanović's statement was a reference to Dijana Zadravec, the head of the hospital's radiology department, who has been replaced over poor interpersonal relations that have resulted in a large number of radiologists leaving the hospital and who claims that hospital funds are used for private interests and that corruption and crime are being covered up.

Zadravec has said that she is in conflict with "the heads of hospital departments who own private hospitals and work to the benefit of those hospitals while using the resources of the public health system."

The person in charge of deciding on the matter, the prime minister, let the situation escalate, said Milanović, noting that the PM could have dealt with it sooner.

"A year later, there is no one left... This is a serious matter and it must not happen because it undermines the little trust left in the health system," Milanović said.

Decision on fighter jets not made

Asked to comment on the purchase of fighter jets following media reports that Croatia has opted for used French aircraft, Milanović said that a decision had not been made.

"I don't know who published that because a decision has not been made, so (the reports) make no sense," he said.

Asked if he insisted on US planes, Milanović said that he had never insisted on US planes.

"I only said that the USA is our main partner, but that does not mean that we have to buy planes from them. I have been saying over the past year that I will support any choice the government makes. Both bids are good. One should take care of Croatia's interests," he said.

On COVID-19 passes

Commenting on COVID-19 passes, he said that if people got vaccinated more, there would be no need for those passes.

I will lay wreaths less and less

PM Plenković has said that there will be no joint laying of wreaths by state officials until the end of his term, to which Milanović today said that he would lay wreaths less and less, "except in cases of major national anniversaries."

He noted that apart from keeping florists working, wreaths were also a serious public sanitation problem because they attracted rodents.

"In the future, I will carry roses, a stone, a carnation wherever that is possible," he said, noting that the point was about commemorating people and events together.

"If he (Plenković) does not want it, so be it. We sat down at the table yesterday and did our job. According to his interpretation of the relations between the president and the prime minister, he was putting on an act. He was not, he was doing his job. I don't do all things I have to do with equal enthusiasm and pleasure either," said Milanović.

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Friday, 21 May 2021

Crobex Drops by 0.5% as Dalekovod Shares Plunge in Price

ZAGREB, 21 May 2021 - The Zagreb Stock Exchange Crobex index ended the last trading day of the week by going down by 0.5%, due to a drastic fall in the price of the Dalekovod transmission line producer's shares of 59%.

 The Crobex index fell by 0.52% to 1,943 points while the Crobex10 remained stable at 1,200 points.

Nevertheless the main indices ended the week in the green, with the Crobex strengthening by 0.18%, increasing for the fifth week in a row, while the Crobex10 increased by 0.6% on the week.

Regular turnover amounted to HRK 5.8 million or about one million less than on Thursday.

Investors focused on the Dalekovod stock, which generated a turnover of HRK 1.25 million. The price of Dalekovod shares, however, plunged by 59.14% to close at HRK 2.37 per share.

Dalekovod has called a meeting of its shareholders' assembly for 30 June to decide about capital stock reduction and an increase in the capital stock.

The greatest turnover was generated with the preferred shares of the Atlantska Plovidba shipping company, amounting to HRK 1.36 million. Their price dropped by 1.33% to HRK 372.

A total of 42 stocks traded today, with 12 of them registering share price increases, 16 recording share price decreases and 14 remaining unchanged.

(€1 = HRK 7.508080)

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Saturday, 13 March 2021

GLAS Leader Enters Race for Mayor in Zagreb

ZAGREB, 13 March 2021 - The leader of the Civic Liberal Alliance (GLAS) party, Anka Mrak Taritaš, on Saturday announced her intention to run for the mayor of Zagreb.

The slogan of her campaign is "Change I am not Afraid of".

Presenting her programme, Mrak-Taritaš, said that there had been too many flippant projects and "we should seriously get to work."

Mrak-Taritaš said that her party had initially negotiated with the We Can party about a coalition for the Zagreb mayoral race and later with the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and admitted that the negotiations with both parties had failed.

The GLAS chief dismissed remarks from the press that her election platform resembled that of the We Can political group. Mrak Taritaš answered that she had had that platform and pursued the same policy four years ago when she was defeated by a small margin by Mayor Milan Bandić, who was re-elected to the post.

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Friday, 19 February 2021

No, It's Not Another Quake - Zagreb Chimneys Due for Demolition on Sunday

February the 19th, 2021 - Some Zagreb chimneys are set to meet their end this Sunday and the local authorities have issued a warning to people in case their memories of the earthquake are triggered by the sound - No, it isn't another quake.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to seismic damage caused to the load-bearing structure, some Zagreb chimneys, more specifically of the Crnomerec Brickyard, will be demolished on Sunday at noon. At the location of the former Ciglane Zagreb, next to the tram turnaround in Crnomerec, an industrial complex with two chimneys at the address Ilica-Ciglanska ulica 7 was abandoned.

These Zagreb chimneys are located in the eastern and western part of the main building with brick kilns - the height of the western chimney is 49.8 metres, and the height of the eastern chimney is 62.2 metres.

Due to last year's terrible earthquakes, on the March 22nd here in Zagreb and on December the 29th in Petrinja, the chimneys were heavily damaged. Due to this damage, their stability was disturbed and their very structures now represent a danger, so on Sunday, February the 21st, 2021, a controlled demolition will be carried out to remove this concern.

The chosen method of demolition will see both of these Zagreb chimneys rotated in a northwesterly direction. The direction was chosen with regard to the environment and the possibility of them falling into free space and the protection of facilities that are in operation in the vicinity, with the least damage potentially done to the brickyard's facilities, the statement said.

"For the purpose of removing the Zagreb chimneys at the location of Ilica 288 at the building of the Old Brickyard on Sunday, February the 21st, from 11:45 to 12:15, traffic along Ilica in the part from Selska cesta to Oranica street will be disabled. The actual chimney removal itself is scheduled for 12 noon,'' the company carrying out the demolition reported.

Residents of Crnomerec who live in the immediate vicinity have been asked to open their windows and lower the blinds by 11:45 and keep them open until the end of the detonation is announced with an audible signal to prevent their windows from cracking. Residens were also asked not to stand by their open windows and watch the Zagreb chimneys being taken down. All side streets along that part of Ilica will also be closed off to traffic, and pedestrians will not be allowed to move freely during that time.

Bypass routes during the aforementioned works will be: Ilica - Oranica - Zagrebacka cesta - Prilaz baruna Filipovica and Ilica - Selska cesta - Zagorska - Tomislavova - Zagrebacka cesta - Oranica - Ilica.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

Part of Zagreb to Remain Without Trams This Weekend

A quick heads up if you live in or are visiting Zagreb this weekend as part of the Croatian capital city will remain without trams over the next couple of days.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 4th of October, 2019,  the number 31 night bus will run as usual tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, but the heavily used tram lines on which number 6 and 7 run are going to be changing.

Due to the works taking place on Most Mladosti (Bridge of Youth), Novi Zagreb is set to remain without trams this coming weekend.

As a result, the line of number 607 will be extended, which will operate along the following section: Savski most - Avenija Dubrovnik - Držićeva - Vukovarska, and the updated temporary timetable with more detail on that can be on the ZET website. As previously mentioned, the number 31 night bus will run as usual tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, but tram lines 6 and 7 will alter.

Tram number 6 will thus operate along the following section: Črnomerec - Ban Josip Jelačić Square - Main Station (Glavni Kolodvor) - Bus Station (Autobusni Kolodvor) - Heinzelova - Žitnjak. Line number 7, however, will run along the Dubec - Dubrava - Kvaternikov Square - Bus Station (Autobusni Kolodvor) - Heinzelova - Žitnjak route.

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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, 14 December 2018

Driving in Zagreb: Traffic Chaos to Follow Roundabout Closure?

Driving in Zagreb comes with both ease and difficulties, unlike the along the coast, the time of year rarely causes issues when it comes to traffic in Zagreb, but Mayor Milan Bandić's timing for major roadworks often does.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 14th of December, 2018, after having been delayed multiple times, the closing of the huge Zagreb roundabout has now been announced for this coming Sunday, December the 16th, 2018, as has another important event, a sporting one.

On Sunday, December the 16th, the Zagreb Advent Run will take place in the Croatian capital, and driving in Zagreb will become more problematic as the new traffic changes will come into force.

Isidor Kršnjavi street (Ulica Isidora Kršnjavog), where the start of the race will be, will be closed for all traffic from 08:00 to 12:30 on the aforementioned date.

The rest of the routes being used within the scope of the Zagreb Advent Run will begin being closed off by local police several minutes before the start of the race at 10:00 and will remain closed until 12:30.

Sunday will also bring problems owing to the Dinamo Zagreb - Hajduk Split match, which traditionally brings with it major traffic jams, at 15:00.

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Zagreb Parking Costs Increase, Fifth Zone On The Way?

The aim of the parking price increase is to make people more inclined to make use of Zagreb's public transport.

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