Press mood stories for Croatia

Jun 21, 2018 06:06GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Electric car company Rimac Automobili owner] Mate Rimac: For a deal with Porsche [signed on Wednesday] I have been negotiating for 3 years (Vecernji List)
‘The Truth About Istanbul [Convention’ civil initiative] has delivered 377,635 signatures: We expect more obstruction (Vecernji List)
Final confirmation: Food in Croatia is too expensive (Vecernji List)
The companies that [Russian] Sberbank paid debts returned [ailing food and retail conglomerate Agrokor owner Ivica] Todoric HRK 247mn (Vecernji List)
The market niche for Croatian exporters is a small series of designed furniture (Poslovni Dnevnik)
INA believes that investments and research will continue to pump gas for a long time (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Representatives of Fitch in Zagreb, public debt and potential growth among topics (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Uncertainty for regressive warranties [issued by Agrokor], Kras 95% lucky (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Residence tax rates will grow by 25% in 2019 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Croatia] Enters the EU electricity market (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Against tax changes that would not raise taxes (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Mate Rimac: We will build a large EUR 100mn factory near Zagreb (Jutarnji List)
SDP chairperson Davor Bernardic speech: The party resembles a kindergarten, I think of the resignation! (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic: It would be more than right to know if the president wants a new mandate as soon as possible; About Referendums: This is because people have forgotten about what was in the 1990's (Slobodna Dalmacija)
‘People Decide’ [civil initiative] expects the parliament's decision on referendum by Jul 15 (Novi List)
Special provisions [in settlement plan] to secure that Sberbank and VTB will not have more than 50% ownership in Agrokor (Novi List)
Jun 20, 2018 06:52GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] satisfied with the approval of [ailing food and retail conglomerate] Agrokor settlement (Vecernji List)
Lower cost to [support] a greater interest in leasing LNG (Vecernji List)
Russians took over Agrokor (Vecernji List)
European [ESIF] EUR 20mn for LED lighting opportunity for our companies (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Aggravation in restructuring of Agrokor would lead 20 banks to financial problems (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Sources from HDZ: In case of continuation of the offense with [the presidential seat in] Pantovcak, [HDZ chairperson and PM Andrej] Plenkovic will have to find another [party’s] candidate for president (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic: The Commission has rightly decided not to interfere in the dispute between Croatia and Slovenia (Jutarnji List)
[Junior ruling HNS head Ivan] Vrdoljak welcomed the settlement agreement in Agrokor (Jutarnji List)
Parliament: The pension system is not endangered by Agrokor (Jutarnji List)
Compromise of senior ruling HDZ and its partner HNS on VAT and PIT [rates]: [FinMin Zdravko] Maric and Vrdoljak have agreed on the new tax reform (Jutarnji List)
What the HDZ was in the 90s, today is [populist opposition party] Zivi Zid: it started to enrol in an 'anti-party' party, doubled membership, and ratings have been rising steadily (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Grabar-Kitarovic on the settlement: We need to learn the lesson that the stability of the state and the economy can be built exclusively on sound grounds (Novi List)
Elections in the SDP further shook [its leader Davor] Bernardic – he is still being supported by several counties, but not by big cities (Novi List)
Jun 19, 2018 06:14GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Anti-corruption office] USKOK dismissed criminal reports in Hotmail affair (Vecernji List)
[Debt settlement] Agreement [on ailing food and retail conglomerate Agrokor debt] on 3,000 pages: Russian banks [to hold] 47%, Knighthead -- 12% in [new] Agrokor (Vecernji List)
[FinMin Zdravko] Maric’s mix: VAT [rate at] 24% plus minor taxes and contributions (Vecernji List)
[Deputy PM for economy Tomislav] Tolusic after meeting with [Agrokor emergency administration members Fabris] Perusko and [Irena] Weber: It will be all OK (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Today's final [Agrokor] settlement text [to be agreed], Adris only [creditor] 'out' (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Parliament’s Speaker] Jandrokovic: We expect the president to clearly say if she is going to [seek] another term, she will have the support of HDZ (Jutarnji List)
Slovene PM [Miro Cesar] disappointed with the position of the EC on Slovenia's lawsuit against Croatia (Jutarnji List)
[FinMin Zdravko] Maric: From Jan 1 lower VAT rate and higher wages (Jutarnji List)
New strike on [SDP chairperson Davor] Bernardic: His opponents gather strength – Already this month we may make him leave (Jutarnji List)
USKOK dismissed criminal reports in Hotmail affair, claiming it was all under the law (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[High Commercial Court:] Only Agrokor's extraordinary commissioner can appoint advisors (Novi List)
Pension reform: The government mulls retirement age of 67, [main opposition] SDP: It's enough to work until 65 (Novi List)
Jun 18, 2018 05:55GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Indebted Agrokor supplier] Franck: The model for paying bills of exchange is good, but there is no deal with the banks yet (Vecernji List)
[FinMin Zdravko Maric] We will reduce taxes, but tax policy cannot solve all our problems (Vecernji List)
There’s nothing Maric and [PM Andrej] Plenkovic to choose from, there is no more important thing than raising wages (Vecernji List)
European Commission on the side of Croatia [with regard to border suit with Slovenia] (Vecernji List)
The game of the president and prime minister could turn into a constitutional crisis (Vecernji List)
Croatian [dairy] companies want Chinese licences [to export milk, dairy products, tuna, poultry] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Inflation increases real loss on savings (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Exporters have praised the government, but demand it to lower the fiscal burden and boost investment (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Negotiations on tax system change: [Coalition] Partners pressurise government: Cut taxes on wages (Jutarnji List)
Andrej Plenkovic: Relations with the president are excellent, we will talk about everything next week (Jutarnji List)
[Main opposition party] SDP Zagreb branch new head Gordan Maras: I would have become thoughtful if I were the party’s leadership, no one can ignore the will of the SDP members (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic’s message from HDZ anniversary: HDZ leads Croatia in the direction of the right centre, which was also wanted by the first president of Dr Franjo Tudman (Jutarnji List)
New data from Germany, Ireland and Austria -- 180 people are leaving [Croatia] daily (Jutarnji List)
HDZ celebrated the 29th anniversary of its foundation, Plenkovic said relations with the president were excellent (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Gordan Maras, new president of the SDP in Zagreb: We will turn a new page (Novi List)
Jun 15, 2018 05:56GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] plays all or nothing, her goal is either [presidential seat in] Pantovcak or HDZ (Vecernji List)
US Ambassador [to Croatia William Robert Kohorst] talked to Agram [CEO Dubravko Grgic] about [ailing food and retail conglomerate] Agrokor (Vecernji List)
[Croatian Employers Association HUP Gordana Deranja:] People would not even feel [1pp] cut in VAT [standard rate] to 24%, [living] standard [would be raised] just by higher wages (Vecernji List)
The [division of] powers of the premier and the president should not change (Vecernji List)
Sberbank rotates [former bank’s executive board first deputy chairperson Maxim] Poletaev, Kohorst lobbies on the field (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Manpower survey:] Number of employees may fall by 3% [in Q3] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Opposition against [SDP chairperson Davor] Bernardic intensifies: [Party’s caucus] ceased to hold sessions, demands for party’s leader departure get louder (Jutarnji List)
[Russia’s Ambassador to Croatia Anvar Azimov:] Russia saves Croatia! (Jutarnji List)
Poletaev to be in charge [in Sberbank] with Agrokor? (Jutarnji List)
Due to high fuel prices on Friday protest throughout Croatia! (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Contesting the referendum initiative [on election system change:] The constitutional court must intervene when minorities and human rights are violated (Novi List)
Parliament passed Lex LNG: Liquefied gas terminal law was adopted despite local community resistance (Novi List)
[HNB Governor Boris] Vujcic: Interest rates on loans linked to Euribor will rise (Novi List)
Jun 14, 2018 05:59GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Croatia's to receive less from EU, yet it will not retreat[, to insist on adequate funding of cohesion and agriculture policy] (Vecernji List)
[President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic:] The EU has profited from Croatia’s membership, but Croatia still hasn’t (Vecernji List)
[Top HDZ officials:] President has great experience and it is unbelievable that she does not understand the constitution (Vecernji List)
The government rejected president's initiative [to preside the Council of EU along with PM Andrej Plenkovic], Plenkovic: Croatia is [represented in the European Council] the prime minister (Vecernji List)
HDZ responds: President is in conflict with constitution [over her demand to chair the European Council along with premier] (Vecernji List)
Manager for EUR 32.5mn [venture capital fund] is being sought (Poslovni Dnevnik)
There has been a considerable increase in the number of employees [with disabilities] in the quota of jobseekers (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Foreign investors also demand the government cut taxes on salaries, not VAT (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia submits document on Istanbul Convention ratification, [Convention] to become effective [for Croatia] as of Oct 1 (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic about president chairing the European Council: It is common that Croatia is represented by the premier at the meetings, and we will continue it during our Presidency [of the Council of the EU] (Jutarnji List)
[Sought by Interpol Croatian football mogul] Zdravko Mamic: I was constantly associated with HDZ, and I donated to the SDP as well (Jutarnji List)
HDZ members angry: Even without her criticism, the prime minister has enough trouble (Jutarnji List)
Halted trend of falling interest rates: Housing loans rates for the first time higher than Euribor (Jutarnji List)
Good news for all those who have had CHF-denominated loans: [Supreme court ruled] There is no statutory limit on the claim for overpaid interest payments (Slobodna Dalmacija)
President in Brussels: I want to chair [the Council of] the EU along with Plenkovic (Novi List)
SDP: Do not touch VAT, pay wages and urgently raise pensions (Novi List)
Plenkovic: I expect the [parliament’s] constitutional committee to address the constitutional court to review the constitutionality of the referendum (Novi List)
Jun 13, 2018 05:59GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic:] I'm sorry for any heavy words, communication must not be such (Vecernji List)
Critical mass against [main opposition SDP chairperson Davor] Bernardic strengthens (Vecernji List)
New register of [public administration minister Lovro Kuscevic] conceals truth: State hires 5 people a day, 1,800 people more are paid from budget in a year (Vecernji List)
On the eve of the tourist season, the employees of Croatia Airlines are preparing for a strike (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Shareholders of [food producer] Podravka have a dividend of HRK 7 per share (Poslovni Dnevnik)
An alternative approach to settlement or why Agrokor creditors should be allowed a choice (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[PM Andrej Plenkovic:] Lower tax on labour is the only way to save Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
EBITDA of Agrokor Group 10% better than planned (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Reform of pension system is not longer to be delayed (Poslovni Dnevnik)
New Plenkovic’s political secretary of the HDZ [Lovro Kuscevic:] There will be no HDZ-SDP coalition, and the relations between Plenkovic and [Milijan] Brkic are good' (Jutarnji List)
Grabar-Kitarovic: The criticism of the state in the country is often interpreted as criticising the government, but it is actually a call for co-operation (Jutarnji List)
Analysis of President’s measures – only one of the 45 measures to cost 5% of budget (Jutarnji List)
SDP becomes uninteresting even to SDP [members] (Jutarnji List)
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic commented on her prime ambitions and explained: I'm sorry for any harsh words (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Andrej Plenkovic answers Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic: We live in a democratic society, criticism is her right (Novi List)
Only three of [demographic] measures of President Grabar-Kitarovic to cost HRK 3.5bn (Novi List)
Jun 12, 2018 05:53GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Ailing food and retail conglomerate Agrokor’s] Large creditors [Russian Sberbank and US fund Knighthead] have already agreed on roll-up [loan], but they are silent? (Vecernji List)
Demographic measures of the president: Immediately lower taxes, increase wages and settle people (Vecernji List)
[HNS chairperson] Ivan Vrdoljak: You must abolish the 36% PIT rate and increase the non-taxable income (Vecernji List)
Is Croatia’s interest in Agrokor debt settlement clear? [It is increasingly spoken of extending Lex Agrokor validity beyond Jul 10] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] to the government: Reduce labour costs and increase salaries (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Prices will not rise [following euro adoption], and the long-term benefit of the euro is unmeasurable (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Initiative of Smilka Sokola, constitutional expert and former constitutional court member: The president should be deprived of all executive powers and be elected by two-thirds of parliament (Jutarnji List)
Top representatives of [opposition HNS] about president’s [demographic] measures: This is a beautiful wish list, but money does not grow on trees (Jutarnji List)
[Former PM and SDP chairperson Zoran] Milanovic comments demographic measures of president: Easy to give advice, and do not answer for anything (Jutarnji List)
[Demography minister Nada] Murganic: The president and I are from the same party, we have had the same commitment to [the country’s] recovery, I hope we’ll still have [in the future] (Jutarnji List)
Good news for debtors - a super strong kuna reduces debt repayments and makes the moment for this form of savings appropriate (Slobodna Dalmacija)
The introduction of a common currency is destined for us: Croatia does not want a referendum to decide on the introduction of the euro (Novi List)
The president warns: Croats and the state are threatened to disappearance, and that is not a far future (Novi List)
[SDP deputy chairperson Peja] Grbin on ‘The Truth About Istanbul’ initiative: Check it [the collected signatures for cancelling the Convention ratification] out, I do not believe that team anymore (Novi List)
Jun 11, 2018 06:19GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Constitutional court: One must avoid the abuse of the dominance of the majority over the minorities (Vecernji List)
HDZ and SDP are no longer the same: Ratings fall, leaders struggle with their own ranks (Vecernji List)
Referendum on cancelling income taxes[?] (Vecernji List)
[Russian ambassador to Croatia Anvar] Azimov: The US can also save Agrokor (Vecernji List)
HSS rejected 'conservative past', accepted the 'Nova Republika' [platform] (Vecernji List)
[Government] Dilemma: Reduce the VAT rate or the personal income tax rate? (Vecernji List)
Citizens: Secured jobs and good salaries are the best demographic measures (Vecernji List)
[Regional development and EU funds minister Gabrijela] Zalec: [Croatia is] Against the EC’s proposal to increase the rate of national co-financing of the EU programme (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Sberbank and Knighthead are key [for successfully reaching accord on Agrokor debt settlement, if fail to agree, govt may ask Lex Agrokor extension] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
HSS adopted new programme: We are no longer conservatives, but turning to fight big capital, citizens’ exploiters and unnecessary bureaucracy (Jutarnji List)
New subsidised housing loans are coming in September (Jutarnji List)
[Finance] Minister Maric and HNB Governor [Boris Vujcic]: We have started talks with Europe about the euro introduction (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Sberbank no longer plans to sell Agrokor's stake: We will bring the company first in line' (Novi List)
Maric on fuel prices: Our excise taxes are fully aligned with EU directives, but we have room to intervene (Novi List)
Jun 08, 2018 06:08GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Croatia among EU countries with the lowest growth rates in Q1 (Vecernji List)
[Ruling HDZ and opposition SDP] Party presidents must convince members of the need for co-operation (Vecernji List)
Parliament votes on 380 amendments to Lex LNG on Friday (Vecernji List)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic: We will be the first government that reduces the VAT rate [by at least 1pp] (Vecernji List)
Russia and the USA in a battle for dominance in Croatia [because of ailing food and retail conglomerate Agrokor] (Vecernji List)
Teachers must be provided with e-learning tools (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Employers are pleased to raise quota for 4,500 foreigners (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Even] Prior to Agrokor, the insurance of managers has considerably grown (Poslovni Dnevnik)
SDP prepares show in parliament – it has written 360 amendments to Lex LNG and has taken on board the opinion of hundred people (Jutarnji List)
HNS head [Ivan] Vrdoljak strongly criticises the president [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] (Jutarnji List)
Four scenarios for [ailing food and retail conglomerate] Agrokor [debt settlement] (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic radiates optimism: We offer a better perspective for Croatia. Let's focus on positive (Novi List)
Jun 07, 2018 06:14GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Former HDZ political secretary Davor Ivo] Stier: As far as the ruling majority is concerned, support is here (Vecernji List)
Stier and [HDZ former international secretary Miro] Kovac are not afraid of being thrown out of the party (Vecernji List)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic to criticisms [on part of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and the opposition for failing to implement reforms]: Arbitrary, general assessments badly affect the general climate (Vecernji List)
Successful bond issue [on international markets], [FinMin Zdravko] Maric to save country further HRK 180mn per year (Vecernji List)
Representatives of the Central European Initiative in Zagreb on boosting competitiveness (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Maric sold EUR 750mn in bonds; the interest cost is halved (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Without the Russians there is no settlement [on ailing Agrokor’s debts], but is there without Knighthead? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Davor Ivo Stier: Why not the MPs of national minorities be chosen from political parties and that their number in the constitution remain? (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic: With the pessimistic atmosphere created by the media, it is not surprising that high-school students want to leave Croatia. It is much better than it seems to be (Jutarnji List)
[EP’s EPP club head Manfred Weber:] The European People's Party supports Croatia's efforts to enter into Schengen and the euro area (Jutarnji List)
Invoices are delayed, deadlines remain the same: Citizens will have to pay HRK 1,000 for electricity at once, HEP does not see any problem in that?! (Slobodna Dalmacija)
HDZ's dissatisfied [members] remain with the government: Stier and Kovac to 'punch' the premier from inside (Novi List)
Jun 06, 2018 06:23GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Economy minister Darko] Horvat: The prime minister [Andrej Plenkovic] does not interfere and does not affect the [Agrokor] settlement process (Vecernji List)
[HNS chairperson Ivan] Vrdoljak: I was expecting [President Kolinda] Grabar-Kitarovic to be the president of all citizens (Vecernji List)
Exclusive Interview[ of Sberbank’s Maxim Poletaev]: We do not want to sell shares in [food and retail conglomerate] Agrokor (Vecernji List)
Decision of the commercial court: Withdrawal of [contesting action against] Sberbank's HRK 3.4bn claim [against Agrokor] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
What did [largest creditor of ailing Agrokor] Sberbank mean with a ‘thin settlement’? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In 2017, a record 98GW[-capacity] solar system was installed (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[HEP CEO Frane Barbaric:] HEP is more ambitious in investing (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[FinMin Zdravko] Maric and [energy minister Tomislav] Coric [met] with [Hungarian oil company] MOL over [domestic oil company] INA (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Former PM and HDZ chairperson Ivo] Sanader: A big coalition of HDZ and SDP is needed. Not today, but yesterday (Jutarnji List)
Poletaev [allegedly] announced to Plenkovic: We will sell Agrokor in up to 3 or 4 years (Jutarnji List)
[New HDZ international secretary Davor] Bozinovic: Plenkovic enjoys full support [by HDZ], government to continue pushing on with reforms (Novi List)
[Transport and infrastructure minister Oleg] Butkovic: Part of [railroad infrastructure company] HZ Infrastruktura will be offered to a concessionaire [to build railway section] (Novi List)
Jun 05, 2018 05:52GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Justice minister Drazen] Bosnjakovic: Referendum on the rights of national minorities not good (Vecernji List)
President should protect the constitution and not support diminishing minority rights (Vecernji List)
The HDZ should not be a hostage of one man, is Croatia the hostage of [HDZ chairperson Andrej] Plenkovic and [former HDZ political secretary Davor Ivo] Stier (Vecernji List)
[Former HDZ international secretary Miro] Kovac and Stier will certainly not to disband majority in parliament. [Plenkovic:] I'm not afraid of absolutely nothing (Vecernji List)
How populist discourse entered the mainstream of Croatian politics (Vecernji List)
Croatia needs 200 professionals who will not be changed with each new government [-- the National Development Strategy will respond to current demographic challenges by 2030] (Vecernji List)
Public debt to GDP ratio will continue to decline (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Poll:] Most young people are ready to leave Croatia! (Poslovni Dnevnik)
E&Y and [Spanish] IDOM in the game for e-toll study (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[HDZ deputy chairperson] Milijan Brkic about referendum: We cannot humiliate 400,000 people who have requested with their signatures to change the electoral system (Jutarnji List)
[Zeljka] Markic [from the association ‘In the name of the family’] attacks Plenkovic: 'It is not good for democracy that the Prime Minister attacks the citizens he should represent (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic pays back to his critics: Stier and Kovac replaced by [public administration minister Lovro] Kuscevic and [interior minister] Davor Bozinovic [as HDZ political and international secretaries] (Jutarnji List)
Stier and Kovac: Two years ago nothing happened to Plenkovic [when he expressed different views than those of HDZ leadership], and now he replaces us! (Jutarnji List)
The president supports endangering democracy for her own interests (Jutarnji List)
Stier to Plenkovic: Do you know that Brkic works over your head? (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic blurted mercilessly with critics in his own party (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Stier about the possible takeover of HDZ: I do not rule out this possibility, when it comes time (Novi List)
Miro Kovac: I will continue to act primarily for Croatia and its citizens (Novi List)
Plenkovic: I’m always open to cooperation with president [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] (Novi List)
Jun 04, 2018 05:53GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[HNB Governor Boris Vujcic:] The government was brave in the case of Agrokor. The shock is avoided and we continue to grow (Vecernji List)
The third largest city in Croatia this year and next year will invest EUR 775mn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Labour shortage: Ukrainians come to seasonal work in Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia has the weakest growth in the economy in Europe, Romania will soon be ahead of us (Poslovni Dnevnik)
RWE Croatia took over HT's energy business (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Agrokor’s] settlement ‘on the branch’: Motions of Adrisa, Agram and Franck (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic on the latest criticism from president [Kolina Grabar-Kitarovic]: My experience with the team [of opposition party Most] she praises is bad. I’m surprised, but she is possibly trying to expand her voters’ base (Jutarnji List)
The president on electoral system change referendum: The demands are quite legitimate, obviously people have shown that they want change (Jutarnji List)
Croatia can withdraw EUR 12.8bn [from EU funds under new 2021-2027 programming period,] of which EUR 4bn for agriculture (Jutarnji List)
[Interior minister Davor] Bozinovic: Croatia will not become a hot spot for migrants (Jutarnji List)
The president did not sign a referendum initiative but said that the will of the people should be respected (Slobodna Dalmacija)
President: I do not interfere in the referendums, but the will of the people must be respected (Novi List)
Grabar-Kitarovic: Agriculture must become a means of prosperity, not poverty (Novi List)
Jun 01, 2018 05:55GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
HDZ under pressure from HNS and the minorities: The referendum goes to constitutional court (Vecernji List)
The top state officials [PM Andrej Plenkovic and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] produce extra chaos in Croatia (Vecernji List)
Plenkovic on referendum: Reducing the rights of [minorities’] MPs in this way is unacceptable (Vecernji List)
EC will not give up, the government has to introduce property tax (Vecernji List)
Agrokor settlement: Suppliers got the best they could, Russians get 46.5% of the new Agrokor (Vecernji List)
Does Plenkovic wants to change the constitution in order to reduce the presidential powers? (Vecernji List)
'People Decide' initiative yet with a tight number of signatures [on second referendum question limiting minorities’ rights] (Vecernji List)
[Former deputy PM and economy minister] Martina Dalic will receive [from state] HRK 18,470 monthly in next 6 months, HRK 9,200 monthly for another 6 months (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Achieved settlement, suppliers get 8% stake [in new Agrokor] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
INA and PPD gave the government until Sep 1 to take over Petrokemija (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Five theories for the disunity at the top of state [between Plenkovic and Grabar-Kitarovic] (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic: Referendum questions are defective and irresponsible. Any contravention in minority rights is not in accordance with the constitution and this is unacceptable to me (Jutarnji List)
[HDZ political secretary] Davor Ivo Stier: I don’t have a pact with [former adviser to HDZ founder and first Croatia's President Franjo Tudjma] Ivic Pasalic (Slobodna Dalmacija)
The fight of the president and part of HDZ: The constitution has to be changed. The government has the responsibility, the need and -- the powers (Novi List)
Emergency administrator in Agrokor [Fabris Perusko]: Negotiations are over, only formalities remain [to be finalised] (Novi List)
May 30, 2018 06:13GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Main opposition SDP chairperson Davor] Bernardic: HDZ should stop stealing and plundering [for grand coalition to be formed, something that is unrealistically to expect (Vecernji List)
Initiative ‘People Decide’: We have [sufficient signatures for calling a] referendum [on changes to electoral system]! (Vecernji List)
Workers are needed: Raise wages because there will not be anyone working in Croatia! (Vecernji List)
HDZ and SDP [that reject grand coalition] will be brought together [given successful initiative on referendum for electoral system changes] even before new elections (Vecernji List)
Croatia could lose 6% of EU funds [for cohesion policy] (Vecernji List)
Croatia for Cohesion Policy to have EUR 9.8bn by 2027 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Transport minister Oleg Butkovic:] Croatian Airlines needs a strategic partner for survival (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The law on whistle-blowers’ protection by the end of 2018 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Plenkovic: All of these measures [of the labour ministry] will further increase employment and boost economic growth (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic’s opponents [within HDZ] want to rerun ‘affair Karamarko’ (Jutarnji List)
President responds to Plenkovic: It is necessary to leave the lie on the side as it concerns the survival of the state, I am sorry that the prime minister does not realise it (Slobodna Dalmacija)
EBRD became a [25%-]shareholder of [Dogus Group’s] D Marinas (Novi List)
President: This government has only taken partial measures in solving demographic issues (Novi List)
[HDZ representatives:] There were no conversations with the SDP about change of the constitution (Novi List)
May 29, 2018 06:07GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[HDZ chairperson and PM Andrej] Plenković's mandate turns into Survivor, the enemy is fighting him from all sides (Vecernji List)
The new Agrokor will be worth EUR 1.7bn (Vecernji List)
[HDZ political secretary Davor Ivo] Stier admitted to associates: Yes, I want to take over the party (Vecernji List)
[State assets minister] Goran Maric: HDZ is not a haven for passers-by and adventurers! (Vecernji List)
[Main opposition] SDP: Three conditions for grand coalition (Vecernji List)
[Former adviser to HDZ founder and first Croatia's President Franjo Tudjman] Ivic Pasalic: It is good that Stier has appeared, and Most and HDZ are natural partners (Vecernji List)
Agrokor: Suppliers and banks negotiate write-offs on financial bills (Vecernji List)
The neglect of political elites - we are only better off from Venezuela and Mongolia by competitiveness (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Criticism at HDZ convention – MEP Ivana Maletic: No one has the right to impose his thoughts and will, and corruption and conflicts of interest are not tolerated (Jutarnji List)
Does Plenkovic want the help of [his opponents within the] HDZ and [in] the government -- Judging by the few messages he has put on the party's convention, it is increasingly apparent which course he will go (Jutarnji List)
Has Plenkovic the strength and courage to return to power in the HDZ: The only possible way to do that is very risky and can end with a full fiasco (Slobodna Dalmacija)
GDP growth is expected to rise by more than 2%, but not due to investment or industry, but – households (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[SDP chairperson Davor] Bernardic: Plenkovic and his government continue to lack political accountability (Novi List)
New [economy] minister [Darko] Horvat: Around Agrokor there is not a "win-win" situation, the deal is to lose the least (Novi List)
May 25, 2018 06:33GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
People decide: We have collected over 280,000 [of needed 374,740] signatures [to push for election law amendment] (Vecernji List)
[Lawyer Boris] Savoric was invited by the government [to draft Lex Agrokor], what details would have he revealed (Vecernji List)
[Public administration minister Lovro Kuscevic over new law on prevention of conflict of interest:] The Commission [on the prevention of conflicts of interest] does not understand, they have even greater powers (Vecernji List)
Appointment of [new economy minister Darko] Horvat and [new deputy PM for economy Tomislav] Tolusic at today's session of the parliament (Vecernji List)
The budget is to receive about HRK 1.2bn from [profits of] state-owned companies (Poslovni Dnevnik)
State [to buy bank] debts [of Petrokemija], INA from today officially in action with PPD [over recapitalisation of Petrokemija] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Small municipalities have HRK 470mn from the EU [development of social infrastructure in rural areas] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Natural gas supplier Prvo Plinarsko Drustvo:] Rising oil prices rise gas prices, [industrial consumers to see some hike in gas prices,] but not [significant changes expected] for households (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In HDZ everyone is holding 'for the tail' (Jutarnji List)
[HDZ Secretary-General and parliament’s speaker Gordan] Jandrokovic: I do not see any conflicts of interest between the Prime Minister [Andrej Plenkovic] around Agrokor, as far as the SDP's motion [at the conflict of interest commission] is concerned, the move is not to produce anything (Jutarnji List)
Tourism minister [Gari Cappelli]: Some 1bn to be invested in tourism this year (Jutarnji List)
[The new law on prevention of conflict of interests promoted by public administration minister Lovro] Kuscevic: The key body [state commission on the prevention of conflicts of interest] loses almost all powers, abolishes most fines, politicians can promise jobs, use privileged information for personal gain (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Case of SMS-es: [Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights president Zvonimir] Cicak summoned Plenkovic, chief of [Security Intelligence Agency] SOA and [the State Attroney’s Office] DORH due to [Agrokor’s owner Ivica] Todoric's SMS (Novi List)
Agrokor delivered minutes from sessions [of temporary creditors council]: The Commercial Court did not submit a list of the paid claims (Novi List)
[HDZ general secretary] Miro Kovac about the e-mail affair: For the government and the HDZ it is important that [anti-corruption] USKOK thoroughly investigates and clears the entire case (Novi List)
Prime Minister in unpleasant situation: Lawyer [Boris] Savoric came on the call of the government and in good faith (Novi List)
May 24, 2018 05:41GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
The situation is alarming: [SDP head Davor] Bernardic should be clear that he did not succeed as a politician (Vecernji List)
How the HDZ stood behind the Prime Minister and the government (Vecernji List)
[IMF:] Without reforms economic growth of Croatia will slow down to 2% (Vecernji List)
Agrokor is an example of what can happen to Croatia without structural reforms (Vecernji List)
Competitiveness and ability to attract investment in Croatia is dramatically low (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The share of temporary work fell, but we are still at the top of the EU (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The LNG terminal in Krk will start work on Oct 1, 2020 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[IMF:] Cut taxes, but introduce real estate tax (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Opposition Most head] Bozo Petrov over Agrokor affair: If the HDZ lacks a hand in the parliament, we will, for the sake of truth [to be revealed], give (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic’s plan for survival -- Tactical approaching the right wing of the HDZ, but his government with [new deputy PM Tomislav] Tolusic and [new economy minister Darko] Horvat by the end of the mandate will be far from reformist (Jutarnji List)
SDP: We will report [PM Andrej] Plenkovic to the conflict of interest commission. We are not afraid of election even though [SDP head Davor] Bernardic's unpopularity damages party (Jutarnji List)
Is there a complete tourist collapse? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
The IMF is forecasting growth slowdown: Property taxes are just one of the reforms they are looking for (Novi List)
President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic]: Agrokor cannot be an excuse for non-implementation of reforms (Novi List)
Borg Group wanted to sell 25% of HEP shares [for state to be able to buy back INA] (Novi List)
May 23, 2018 06:02GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bank lending will slow down in next months [over GDPR regulations] (Vecernji List)
[Reformist opposition Most] Bozo Petrov was the worst [of all], he knew everything about Lex Agrokor and he was silent (Vecernji List)
All the HDZ factions gave support to [HDZ chairperson and PM Andrej] Plenkovic (Vecernji List)
To make salaries grow, reduce tax on labour (Vecernji List)
First interview of possible new economy minister Darko Horvat: I have plans for Petrokemija and INA (Vecernji List)
Horvat: I will not interfere with [Agrokor crisis manager Fabris] Perusko work, he has my full confidence (Vecernji List)
The tourists are now about half a million more than last season (Vecernji List)
[Horvat:] The economy is hot potato and I'm not a magician [-- I have ideas for INA, Petrokemija development strategy] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Is [HNB Governor Boris] Vujcic to remain without a contender for the governor's seat? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Suppliers [of Agrokor] are themselves guilty [for Agrokor’s situation], [Agrokor’s owner Ivica] Todoric lacks modesty, and taxpayers will indirectly bear big costs (Jutarnji List)
[State assets] Minister [Goran] Maric left several properties to local units (Jutarnji List)
[Agrokor’s] Creditors take over shares of fallen owner: [Ivica] Todoric has been losing Agrokor even before the settlement (Jutarnji List)
EP’s awards: Agrokor’s Konzum awarded as one of the best donors in 2017 (Novi List)
Shocking survey: About 300,000 children in Croatia live in poverty, and could be worse (Novi List)
A prominent candidate for the economy minister claims: The extraordinary administration at Agrokor knows its business (Novi List)
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