Press mood stories for Croatia

Jul 21, 2017 06:00GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM] Plenkovic and [EU Foreign Affairs representative] Mogherini [talk about] strengthening EU as global actor (Vecernji List)
[Minister of State Property] Maric does not see problem in [acquiring] great powers [due to new state property management bill]: They also mean responsibility [he says] (Vecernji List)
[Fire witness testimony] Citizens prevented more damage, services arrived only when worst was over (Vecernji List)
[Deutsche Welle comment] Plenkovic does not control HDZ [party] completely yet (Vecernji List)
[Croatian Post Bank] HPB needs up to HRK 700mn [in capital increase process], again counts on funds (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Last year 2,853 people with disabilities were employed, 9% more than in 2015 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Agrokor’s emergency administrator] Ante Ramljak: Konzum’s turnover is 6% lower than in previous year, but I believe it will be on positive territory by end-year (Jutarnji List)
Real estate agent: Prices on Adriatic shore are almost as before crisis, demand for apartments is highest, increasing number of Czechs, Poles and Slovaks among buyers (Jutarnji List)
[PM] Plenkovic: I refuse to talk about [defence minister] Krsticevic’s resignation, there is no conflict with president (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[New Supreme Court chairman] Sessa sworn in: Judiciary must strengthen its position vis-a-vis public (Novi List)
Jul 20, 2017 06:16GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Defence minister] Krsticeviv: I am defence minister until Parliament releases me (Vecernji List)
Farmers [continue] to seek protective [domestic] milk price in stores (Vecernji List)
[Central Bank governor Vujcic says] Export growth shows that devaluation is not necessary (Vecernji List)
Export growth to EU and internal devaluation [are main economic growth drivers in Croatia, according to Central Bank] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
EUR 20mn already provided to fire crews (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Central Bank rises growth projections to 3%, Governor Vujcic says not only tourism, but also export of goods achieving record growth rates (Jutarnji List)
HEP on fire consequnces: We ask consumers to understand, to expect full normalisation of electricity supply by evening (Jutarnji List)
Croatia Insurance: We will pay immediately [insurance sum] on smaller damages after fire, and advances for larger damages are already ready (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Budget troubles, government expects HRK 1.4bn from privatisation, but no clear plan (Novi List)
Eurostat: Apartments prices in EU increase, in Croatia they fall (Novi List)
Jul 19, 2017 06:26GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Businessman and former minister] Davor Stern: Croatia to import workers in tourist sector from the Philippines (Vecernji List)
[PM] Plenkovic does not accept resignation of [defence minister] Krsticevic (Vecernji List)
[Croatian firefighting community] There are enough firefighters on field keeping situation under control (Vecernji List)
Too much authority [of Minister of State Property, as offered in new law on state property] to be risky for public interest (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Households’ financial [situation] improves by HRK 16bn compared to last year (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Retailers [do not agree] to protect [domestic] milk prices (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Defence ministry issues all about army’s involvement at fire site, explains when and who brought up decision (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic’s government to help financially for [fire] damage handling (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Agriculture Minister] Tolusic announces support for burnt agricultural areas (Novi List)
Story of minister [Bozidar Kalmeta awaiting trial on road construction scandal], Croatia to never clear up even 1% of crime in road construction (Novi List)
Jul 18, 2017 06:02GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM] Plenkovic: It will be very difficult to stay with current fees on renewable energy (Vecernji List)
Split is protected against fire, but danger for Dalmatia [regions] is not over yet (Vecernji List)
Strategy [worldwide] pushes solar and wind energy, to lead to expensive electricity (Vecernji List)
Only 15% of domestic tourists go to hotels (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Government] to allocate HRK 368mn to strengthen business centers [development] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Higher demand for] Croation eurobonds [due to improved] Eastern European [bonds demand trend] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croats do not believe in judiciary system, almost everyone believes there are privileged, half of them think they could not have fair trial (Jutarnji List)
HDZ, largest opposition party, wins eight times less donation and Most only HRK 23,000 (Jutarnji List)
PM says: If necessary, Croatia to use European mechanisms of protection against fires (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Superhuman efforts of firefighters and citizens manage to defend Split, fire goes on raging on Perun hill (Novi List)
Debate on new law on veterans, veterans to be offered HRK 5,685 as guaranteed pensions (Novi List)
Jul 17, 2017 06:02GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Wages grow in public sector, construction and trade, fall in mining and forestry (Vecernji List)
[Supreme Court President] Djuro Sessa: Supreme Court is in very difficult situation (Vecernji List)
[Opposition party] Most attacks [PM] Plenkovic: PM manipulates public [opinion] (Vecernji List)
[Croatia’s] credit rating to be improved if we survive crisis with Agrokor (Vecernji List)
Banking circles relieved by latest amendments in Enforcement act (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Construction [business] on threshold of [starting] stronger import of workers (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Finance Ministry with largest decrease of expenses (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Star Diamond chief Joe Cinque]: Traditional top destinations in Italy, France and Greece are past. In Croatia everyone feels secure and this is priority in luxury tourism (Jutarnji List)
Research on arbitration [decision on Croatia-Slovenia border]: Most Croats convinced Slovenia fared better and we must recognize Court decision [in favor of Slovenia] (Jutarnji List)
Parliament decides: Sessa to be new Supreme Court chief (Slobodna Dalmacija)
New strategy [of Most], Bozo Petrov: You will see now that Most is cooperative and is factor for stability, not for instability (Novi List)
[PM] Plenkovic: Fitch’s assessment is good, all macroeconomic indicators are excellent this year (Novi List)
Jul 14, 2017 06:02GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Croatia in a position of ‘unwanted child’ in the EU (Vecernji List)
Vote on constitutional judges, commission for inquiry into Agrokor – in the autumn (Vecernji List)
Reasons for increase in tourist fee are unclear (Vecernji List)
Croats disappointed from German stance on arbitration (Vecernji List)
American business angels invested USD 1.6mn in Croatian start-up (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[AgriMin] Tolusic attacks Lidl and Kaufland about imports, calls: Buy local products (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Transcripts show Konzum was in dire straits in 2012 already (Jutarnji List)
Government in touch with EC to find solution regarding INA law (Jutarnji List)
Lidl and Kaufland respond to Tolusic: Most of baked products are from Croatian origin and we also export (Jutarnji List)
Dubrovnik airport counted millionth passenger two weeks earlier than last year (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Croatia threatened by EU court as it forgot to inform the EC it voted the law [related to Posting of Workers Directive] (Novi List)
Column: Country of [PM] Plenkovic self-ruling (Novi List)
Hot topic: Demography ministry thinks that limiting work on Sundays will revitalise Croatia (Novi List)
Jul 13, 2017 06:20GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Two premiers did not bring their views [on border dispute] closer even a millimetre (Vecernji List)
Food, fuel, medicines got more expensive, by year-end heating also (Vecernji List)
[Defence minister] Krsticevic: We are one step closer to buying American aircraft (Vecernji List)
[Slovenian PM] Cerar: Croatia will eventually accept verdict. [Croatian PM] Plenkovic: There is no mechanism (Vecernji List)
[Atlantic] We did not sell companies due to problems in Agrokor (Poslovni Dnevnik)
IKEA arrives in Rijeka. First delivery centre started operations (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Plenkovic: With [Slovenian PM] Miro [Cerar], I established almost friendly relations, I will present Angela Merkel with Croatian logic of thinking on arbitration (Jutarnji List)
[SDP leader] Bernardic caused storm in parliament: If there is no agreement on commission for inquiry in Agrorkor, there will be no voting on constitutional judges (Jutarnji List)
[Junior ruling] HNS against SDP’s proposal, does not want establishment of inquiry committee into Agrokor (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Plenkovic announced meeting with Merkel: I believe that she will side with our position on arbitration with Slovenia (Novi List)
SDP will block selection of constitutional judges: No committee for inquiry into Agrokor, no constitutional judges (Novi List)
Jul 12, 2017 06:51GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Should we adopt euro? (Vecernji List)
Returning health fund to state budget is not to the benefit of patients (Vecernji List)
[Most leader] Bozo Petrov: [FinMin] Zdravko Maric entered government to help [Agrokor owner] Ivica Todoric (Vecernji List)
Almost 56,000 Croats emigrated to Germany last year (Vecernji List)
Hidroelektra’s new development cycle: New orders bring HRK 544mn, company employs 460 people (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Growth in demand] Residents move to islands, forests to find apartments for tourists (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia is absolute hit among wealthy [tourists] (Jutarnji List)
Former minister claims: Maric proposed Agrokor loan for approval. ‘He was excluded from vote but suggested to us what to do’ (Jutarnji List)
Government invites tenders for administration in strategic firms. Interest is enormous (Jutarnji List)
Due to medical errors, Croatia paid more than HRK 60mn in compensations in five years only (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Most MP] Grmoja: [State broadcaster] HRT is completely at service of government (Novi List)
[Professor] Petak: We have a weak state and weak institutions (Novi List)
Jul 11, 2017 06:48GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM] Plenkovic introduces National Reform Programme 2017 to [IMF’s chief] Lagarde (Vecernji List)
CME sold Croatian Nova TV (Vecernji List)
[Deputy PM] Stromar: Electricity will certainly go up, looking for the model (Vecernji List)
Lagarde: When governments serve everyone, not selected only, braindrain halts (Vecernji List)
EU enlargement to the Western Balkans – first priority of V4+ (Vecernji List)
Pre-bankruptcy procedure for Viaduct suspended (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Suppliers are more than satisfied with the agreement with Agrokor (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Collapse of the [health] system: Patients may soon feel the impact (Jutarnji List)
Executive director of the IMF Lagarde talking about fiscal policy behind closed doors with Plenkovic and [deputy PM] Dalic (Jutarnji List)
Minister Divljak promised to introduce modern technology in all schools by 2022 (Jutarnji List)
Tourism ministry makes more expensive holidays in Croatia as of next year: Tourist tax in high season increases by up to 800% (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Hungary sided with Slovenia, seeking arbitration to be honoured (Slobodna Dalmacija)
State makes tourist tax more expensive, again we will be the cheapest (Novi List)
Jul 10, 2017 06:25GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
SDP and Most are patriotic parties, HDZ is least patriotic (Vecernji List)
Initiative for energy independence is important but also relations with Russia (Vecernji List)
Most: Minister Coric to explain why electricity will be more expensive (Vecernji List)
[Carriers] Border blockages will create chaos and multimillion damage (Poslovni Dnevnik)
12 Konzum stores in Slavonia close (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Grand opening of Hotel Olympia Sky worth HRK 172mn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
HNB governor: Let’s face it, in next 25 years we cannot approach Germany’s standards (Jutarnji List)
Increase in extra health insurance? [Health minister] Kujundzic: Who wants more should pay more. If we do not bring more money, system will collapse (Jutarnji List)
Kujundzic: We need to increase spending on healthcare, can not continue with EUR 750 per capita (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Review of the week: [President] Kolinda [Grabar-Kitarovic] hugging with Trump and asking EU money (Novi List)
Jul 07, 2017 06:53GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Croat should work 86 days for 10 days on the Adriatic, German – 30 days (Vecernji List)
Custom officers prepare strike in high season (Vecernji List)
MP says power price to increase up to 20% [next year] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[SME guarantees provider] HAMAG: Entrepreneurs sent 40% less requests for guarantees last year (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Austrian Borealis wants Kutina’s Petrokmija (Poslovni Dnevnik)
US President to Croatian counterpart: You need to work on reconciliation in Western Balkans (Jutarnji List)
[Former HNS minister] Mrak Taritas and dissidents from HNS founded new party Glas (Jutarnji List)
Is it possible to prevent exodus of hungry and poor Croats? Emigration wave at its peak (Slobodna Dalmacija)
SDP MPs announced drastic increase in electricity prices in 2018 (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Jul 06, 2017 06:30GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
NATO: Arbitration is bilateral issue between Croatia and Slovenia (Vecernji List)
HDZ is standing firm to defend national interest [in forthcoming meeting with Slovenian PM] (Vecernji List)
Croatian and BiH governments to discuss all open issues at a joint session on Friday (Vecernji List)
Flourishing illegal market: Croatian budget lost HRK 300mn from cigarette smuggling (Vecernji List)
20 creditors participate in loan for Agrokor, including VTB. Sberbank is still thinking (Poslovni Dnevnik)
HNB tightened provisions for Agrokor (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia to get HRK 175mn from sale of shares in Eutelsat (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[PM] Plenkovic reports to HDZ presidency about forthcoming meeting with Slovenian PM (Jutarnji List)
Megainvestment [in tourism] worth HRK 1.5bn. Plenkovic cabinet revives project launched by Milanovic cabinet and stopped by Most minister (Jutarnji List)
Judiciary has collapsed: Number of cases steadily falling but courts still deal with half million cases pending (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[FinMin] Maric’s plan: HRK 1.5bn more to local governments but there are losers (Novi List)
There will be no greater import of workers: Job market sends 1,200 unemployed to tourism (Novi List)
[Plenkovic] There is no mechanism to force Croatia to accept arbitration ruling (Novi List)
Jul 05, 2017 06:29GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Agrokor: About 80% of fruits and vegetables we sell are locally produced (Vecernji List)
EC: [Border arbitration] decision to be applied. [Croatia’s PM] Plenkovic and [Slovenia’s PM] Cerar to agree how (Vecernji List)
Foreign ministry: Croatia is not obliged and will not honour arbitration ruling (Vecernji List)
Even before main tourist “harvest”, VAT [in H1] by 5% more generous than last year (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Agrokor: We are not late with debt repayment and we are not imports generator (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Education minister: After long meeting, we have agreed on action plan for education strategies implementation according to new method (Jutarnji List)
Unusual event in parliament, ruling and opposition agreed: Croatia is against cultivation of GMO products on its territory (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Almost a third of Croats on the verge of poverty (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Jul 04, 2017 06:50GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Slovenia invites Croatia to implement arbitration ruling [on border dispute] (Vecernji List)
New funding model: Municipalities and towns, 60% of income tax (Vecernji List)
Most leader: Croatia could become Switzerland in two years if people choose those who wish well to country (Vecernji List)
Price increase at stock exchange came for brokers at worst time (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Summer that would have saved Konzum might never come. Even domestic buyers avoid it (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Another big victim to Agrokor fell: Pre-bankruptcy proceedings are opened for Unex Group (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Despite higher toll, traffic rises! Compared to same weekend last year, there were 5% more vehicles, collection is almost 19% higher (Jutarnji List)
New funding scheme for local governments: No one will be at loss, four major changes proposed (Jutarnji List)
[PM] Plenkovic announces frequent meetings with members of local governments: It has not been the case thus far, it was as if we live in two worlds (Jutarnji List)
Alert on labour market: 170,000 unemployed and no workers (Slobodna Dalmacija)
HEP is negotiating purchase of power plants in Republika Srpska (Novi List)
Jul 03, 2017 06:39GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Demographic collapse: 36,436 people emigrated, 37,537 were born (Vecernji List)
Directors in tourism board with no experience in tourism (Vecernji List)
Viaduct fate depends on state’s desire to return debt (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Some 1.02mn people to get tax refund totalling HRK 1.05bn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[EconMin] Dalic expects crisis manager to transfer surplus workers at some Konzum stores to others (Poslovni Dnevnik)
By end-Sep, more expensive tolls (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Milorad Pupovac elected leader of the [Serb minority party] SDSS (Jutarnji List)
Fishermen expect decline in revenues by 30% [after border dispute ruling] (Jutarnji List)
Croats stopped travelling, experts surprised. More than half of Croats did not go on multi-day trip last year (Jutarnji List)
[AgriMin] Tomislav Tolusic: Every day we find shameful irregularities worth millions (Jutarnji List)
Head of powerful Chinese fund that wants to invest in Croatia. Up to you to decide what you want and we arrive, we have already prepared some projects (Jutarnji List)
Croats are increasingly interested in investing in funds and shares (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Imports are growing: Green List and Independent Croatian farmers seek protection for domestic food production (Novi List)
Jun 30, 2017 06:42GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Former PM] Racan’s gaffe when Slovenes received bay, is hard to be corrected (Vecernji List)
Arbitration decision which benefitted no one but all lost (Vecernji List)
For most Croats, it is normal mayors and county chiefs to steal [research] (Vecernji List)
President Grabar-Kitarovic meets with US President (Vecernji List)
700 new jobs are opened in Labin (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Intesa Sanpaolo takes Veneto Bank in Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Falling prices of some drugs (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Some parts of Croatia to be affected by storm today again (Jutarnji List)
Neither for UK, nor for US things are over: This is bilateral issue between Croatia and Slovenia, they should agree how it will be resolved (Jutarnji List)
[Former PM] Ivo Sanader spoke of arbitration verdict. This is the most serious situation after the war, we are in a very dangerous moment (Jutarnji List)
Strong message from the US: Donald trump will meet face to face with Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (Slobodna Dalmacija)
World agencies: Slovenia won (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Blocked citizens seek salvation: 962 citizens before personal bankruptcy. They owe almost HRK 596mn (Novi List)
Slovenian PM Cerar does not intend to give in. Will negotiate with Plenkovic not border but implementation of arbitration ruling (Novi List)
Jun 29, 2017 06:30GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Decision about border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia will be announced today (Vecernji List)
Solution about blocked citizens? [PM] Plenkovic: The topic is on the agenda (Vecernji List)
Most to raise money for INA by selling bonds to citizens and investors (Vecernji List)
[Foreign minister] Pejcinovic: Arbitration is compromised, Croatia will not be at the announcement (Vecernji List)
Most assures: We have a shorter and cheaper model for repurchase of INA (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Bourse offers loans to small businesses to bypass banks (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Institute of personal bankruptcy missed the target (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Plenkovic revealed how exactly will Croatia act expecting the arbitration decision (Jutarnji List)
President to PM: Change laws and bring new! Proposals which should significantly ease life of citizens in over-indebtedness (Jutarnji List)
Due to low interest rates on savings, investment funds increasingly popular (Slobodna Dalmacija)
New promise: Construction of Ciovo bridge continues in September (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Column: Croatian-Slovenian disaster (Novi List)
Jun 28, 2017 05:06GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Agrokor debt to be known in August, 11,659 claims received (Vecernji List)
HNS wants to have people in HEP, Plinacro, Janaf (Vecernji List)
The right health reform has not started yet (Vecernji List)
While stock market declines, tourism stocks in the green, up by 35% (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Most counties have growing exports, unallocated exports hits record (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Tenders for executives at four airports have been called (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Prepare for big legislative intervention: HDZ protects mayors, they will become untouchable, their ruling will be cemented (Jutarnji List)
Croatia gains access to SIS. [PM] Plenkovic: This will increase efficiency of Croatian police (Jutarnji List)
More than 200 Croatian companies operate in BiH (Jutarnji List)
HDZ will not allow its mayors to be ruined: Here is how power will be consolidated at local level (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Clearing in SDP: Milanka Opacic and Mirando Mrsic removed from important functions [in parliament] (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Every-day instability: After poor central follows poor local government (Novi List)
Jun 27, 2017 05:59GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Dispute with Slovenia: Croatia will not be at the reading of the decision. “Arbitration is for us a dead thing” (Vecernji List)
Crobarometer: HDZ and SDP recorded slight increases. President’s rating jumped (Vecernji List)
If UN [demographic] forecast is fulfilled, Croatia will have bad days (Vecernji List)
[Slovenian PM] Cerar: Slovenia will respect the decision but we are ready for D-day (Vecernji List)
Agency could increase Croatia’s credit rating in July already (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Competition opened for managers in state-owned companies (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Zagreb HDZ decides to go into negotiations with Bandic’s city parliament chief. Political positions are integral part of negotiations (Jutarnji List)
Voters did not punish [PM] Plenkovic (Jutarnji List)
[Parliament Speaker] Jandrokovic: I hope relations with Slovenia would not worsen (Jutarnji List)
Jun 26, 2017 06:37GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Message of president: Do not bring down already low labour costs in Croatia or our people will continue emigrating (Vecernji List)
From Aug 1, all banks will have to offer fixed interest rates as well (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Tourism, another record year? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Rush for loans for which state pays half the rate (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Storm completely obscured Zadar in seven minutes (Jutarnji List)
From Osijek to Sibenik by car is 5 hours, by train – 25 hours (Jutarnji List)
Important business conference in Zagreb: prominent Croatian businessmen will discuss creation of inspiring business environment in Croatia and region (Jutarnji List)
Kaufland opens new unit in Makarska (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[PM] Plenkovic only needlessly provokes Russia [with comments about Ukraine] (Novi List)
A country that does not know what to do with warriors, every ninth pensioner was a warrior, allocations are bigger and bigger (Novi List)
Jun 23, 2017 06:39GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Employers are still insufficiently informed regarding incentives (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Two potential investors with offers for [shoe factory] Borovo (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Russia's] Sberbank announced auction of Mercator shares (Poslovni Dnevnik)
How [much] does UBER actually [pay] in Croatia? Dutch business pays 25% of account, driver pays the rest, including all taxes and VAT (Jutarnji List)
Children from Klaic await Commission's opinion: Government will need to pay all money for medicine purchase from state budget (Jutarnji List)
Arbitration [on Croatia-Slovenia border issue] is irreversibly discredited and this is closed case for us [PM Andrej Plenkovic says] (Vecernji List)
[Association ITA]: We inform international institutions of rise of left extremism in Croatia (Vecernji List)
Deadline for legalisation of illegal construction extended: here is how you can legalise your illegal [property] (Slobodna Dalmacija)
No consensus why Croatia is not ready for educational reform [able] to survive government changes (Novi List)
Sberbank to sell almost one fifth of Mercator shares at auction on Jul 7 (Novi List)
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