Press mood stories for Croatia

Jan 19, 2018 07:49GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Lower VAT probably in 2020, and if it falls to 24%, it remains highest again (Vecernji List)
[Most MP] Grmoja: Law against hate speech would destroy last oasis of freedom (Vecernji List)
Most: Data from register of actual owners should be made available to the public (Vecernji List)
[Shipbuilder] Brodosplit works on profit even without state support, unlike the others (Poslovni Dnevnik)
EIB approved EUR 78bn, Croatia took only EUR 0.5bn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Buyers for capacity of LNG terminal and gas pipeline are being sought (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Labour minister] Pavic: campaign against working on the black market begins (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Maric: VAT will be reduced before the introduction of real estate taxes (Poslovni Dnevnik)
President finishes visit to BiH, promises support to Croats in Republika Srpska (Jutarnji List)
SDP to [PM] Plenkovic: We will support government when passing law on hate speech (Jutarnji List)
Goran Maric: the law on state property management will remove the metastases of property abduction (Novi List)
Because of Uljanik, IDS wrote to Juncker (Novi List)
E-visitor is the third best tourist innovation in the world (Novi List)
Zivi Zid: Changes in parliamentary rules affect freedom of speech (Novi List)
Uljanik restructuring might cost EUR 465mn (Novi List)
Jan 18, 2018 07:47GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Interior minister] Bozinovic at the US state department: Croatia is key for security in southeast Europe (Vecernji List)
Croatia won third prize in competition for excellence and innovation in tourism (Vecernji List)
President in Sarajevo: BiH has no bigger friend than Croatia on its way to the EU (Vecernji List)
[HNB governor at Euromoney conference] Invest in bitcoin if you want to, do not complain to the HNB afterwards (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[PM] Plenkovic: Yes, we will cut VAT (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In 11 months of 2017, less cruise ships (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Paper forms abolished in maritime business (Poslovni Dnevnik)
INA will continue delivering gas to Petrokemija if it pays bills (Jutarnji List)
Hate speech has to stop but it is dangerous if turns to censorship (Jutarnji List)
Every other loan in Croatia could be subject to increase in rates (Slobodna Dalmacija)
MEP Tonino Picula on border dispute: Slovenian pressure on Croatia began to irritate Brussels (Novi List)
[President] Grabar-Kitarovic: Peljesac Bridge will be built, not against the interests of BiH (Novi List)
Jan 17, 2018 07:50GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
IGH Institute gave lowest price for supervising works on Peljesac Bridge (Vecernji List)
Secret negotiations between Croatia and Slovenia (Vecernji List)
Ukrainian defence minister: I will talk about overhaul of Croatian MiGs (Vecernji List)
EC: There are no open legal issues for realisation of Peljesac Bridge (Vecernji List)
[FinMin] Maric: We will not only stop growth in public debt, we will start reducing debt (Poslovni Dnevnik)
HPB returns the ball: No quiet privatisation, state remains the owner (Poslovni Dnevnik)
IMF: Vulnerabilities are still significant (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Big success for Croatian fishermen. EU parliament adopts changes on fishing, Croatia pushed through amendment important for the Adriatic (Jutarnji List)
Every third employed works in institution dependent on the budget (Jutarnji List)
Is education reform a hostage to fight for influence in ruling coalition? (Jutarnji List)
HNS: We expect coalition partners to vote Istanbul convention in the shortest possible time (Jutarnji List)
IMF praises Croatia for recovery but also calls for reforms (Slobodna Dalmacija)
PPD and Borealis still in the game for Petrokemija (Novi List)
After a month’s rest, Sabor continues work on Wednesday [Jan 17] (Novi List)
Jan 16, 2018 07:59GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
New strategic project: More new air carriers in Croatia this year (Vecernji List)
Who are the candidates of the left for [presidential palace] Pantovcak (Vecernji List)
[PM and HDZ leader] Andrej Plenkovic: There is no crisis in HDZ (Vecernji List)
Message to citizens: Plenkovic: We are proud of our achievements and we continue with reforms for better Croatia (Vecernji List)
New gas law will finally be considered on Thursday (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Broken pattern? Surveyed employment increased by 54,000 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Agrokor: Court ruled on claims, no decision on voting rights for now (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Slovenian expert: Slovenia should insist on arbitration (Jutarnji List)
[Parliament Speaker] Jandrokovic: We will reduce the possibility of manipulation with the parliamentary rules (Jutarnji List)
Public tender for selection of expert working group on curriculum reform was announced (Jutarnji List)
Croatia writes law against trolls and writing fake news: soon we will get drastic sentences for spreading hate on the Internet! (Slobodna Dalmacija)
President sends message to Serbia: We do not want war without sacrifices, we provide hand for peace and cooperation (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic warned of the need for decentralisation: The best model is the Polish (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Slovenian expert Marko Pavlih: Croatian media manipulate the public, Slovenia should insist on arbitration (Novi List)
Andrej Plenkovic: In HDZ everything works absolutely normal (Novi List)
Jan 15, 2018 07:27GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Price of labour in Croatia: payment per hour is three times smaller than in Germany (Vecernji List)
To stop the decline, SDP established a government in shadow (Vecernji List)
If pace is kept, food imports to Croatia could climb to EUR 3bn annually (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The higher rating of Croatia has already been incorporated into the price of debt (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Peljesac Bridge is an introduction of the great Chinese investment in Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
SDP agrees on action plan to improve rating (Jutarnji List)
Seven megaprojects to mark the year ahead of us (Jutarnji List)
Mate Rimac opens new centre in Split, develops new car, searches for more than 100 employees (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Ivan Pernar unveils plan of Zivi Zid ‘We leave the EU and stop paying foreign debt’ (Novi List)
Plenkovic called for help to Croats in BiH in this year’s elections (Novi List)
Croatia in the area of ‘stable garbage’: Minister Maric says that the goal is to return to investment grade as soon as possible (Novi List)
[MP] Lovrinovic: HPB managers have been given the task with citizen’s money to prepare the bank’s privatisation (Novi List)
Jan 12, 2018 07:33GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
If [ex-PM] Zoran Milanovic decides to run [for president], he will leave SDP (Vecernji List)
Slovenia has passed new laws, Buzini and Skrile are ‘again’ in Croatia (Vecernji List)
Borealis offer [for Petrokemija] is still on the table, they give HRK 140mn with no risk (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Three Croatian airports with more than 2mn passengers (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Todoric sues Croatia with the EC: And no, this is not a lawsuit against my country (Poslovni Dnevnik)
State collected HRK 47.5bn from VAT in 2017 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Todoric: I have reported Croatia to the EC because of the unreasonable policy of the government (Jutarnji List)
Pressure from the EC? Plenkovic goes to Juncker but not for arbitration (Jutarnji List)
Conflict of interest: [Deputy PM] Martina Dalic punished with HRK 6,000 [over incorrectly reported bonus to her husband from INA], no proceedings against president initiated (Jutarnji List)
Todoric lawsuit with the EC: I was forced to do it … (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Eurostat: Croatia among EU countries with larger fall in industrial production in November 2017 (Novi List)
One of the biggest French tour operators arrives in Croatia: First airliners land on Krk in April (Novi List)
Jan 11, 2018 07:48GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Croatia and Turkey are mediators for peace in BiH, Sarajevo should not be worried (Vecernji List)
Government will increase support to EUR 40mn (Vecernji List)
Bakic will develop project for cultural tourism in Vucedol (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Even with late decision, [military] aircrafts arrive in 2018 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In Slovenia, the same vehicles cost by HRK 13,000 less than in Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Airbnb announces predictions for 2018: Zagreb on the list of most sought for cities in the world (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Martina Dalic: Stabilised business of Agrokor’s companies is a good basis for reaching agreement (Jutarnji List)
Great acknowledgement for Croatian towns: TripAdvisor and Airbnb included Rovinj and Zagreb on the list of world trend destinations in 2018 (Jutarnji List)
Kujundzic claims to have an idea: Waiting lists issue will be solved by introducing priority lists in all hospitals (Novi List)
Jan 10, 2018 07:52GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Government does not think of giving up procurement of escadrille (Vecernji List)
Pejcinovic Buric said that Juncker actually confirmed that dispute was bilateral (Vecernji List)
Education for 1,300 IT teachers (Vecernji List)
Enforcement act: Rescue of debtors only for one year (Vecernji List)
The year of the Agrokor crisis that has also shaken pension funds (Poslovni Dnevnik)
MEP Ivan Jakovcic: In Juncker’s latest statement, I see a very big danger (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Minister Pavic: [SDP leader] Bernardic is in a winter sleep. Government already applies measures for the youth he proposed (Jutarnji List)
Croatia deletes 51,458 people who do not seek job, Slovenia imposes fines on such (Jutarnji List)
‘I will not return to the SDP!’ Will [SDP ex-leader] Milanovic go to presidential elections as independent candidate? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Why is our economy always in crisis? Without key reforms we will not be better off (Novi List)
Wages in Croatia continue to grow (Novi List)
Jan 09, 2018 07:46GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Agony of blocked citizens is prolonged (Vecernji List)
MEP Tomasic to the EC: Are penalties for Croatian fishermen compatible (Vecernji List)
HSS leader Kreso Beljak: Plenkovic is a pure leftist. Ask him when he was baptised (Vecernji List)
SDP MP Maras: SDP does not have to be a mainstream party (Vecernji List)
President on work visit in Turkey: BiH is the main topic (Vecernji List)
Pension system becomes unsustainable and people who have to work 30 more years are not optimistic (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Exports grew by HRK 10bn but imports – by HRK 4bn more (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The most indebted companies are in Zagreb, the most liquid – in Dubrovnik (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In Slovenia relatively satisfied with Juncker statement while meeting Pahor (Jutarnji List)
Projects for energy renewal of public buildings, they promised to spend billions but managed to renew only three objects (Jutarnji List)
Positive trend: Difference in incomes of poor and rich continues to narrow, richest 20% earn five times more than poorest 20% (Jutarnji List)
Jean-Claude Juncker on Croatia-Slovenia border dispute: Not many in Europe are interested in the subject but the ruling should be respected (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Ivica Todoric: The biggest winner from Lex Agrokor is Knighthead (Novi List)
Jan 08, 2018 07:26GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
HDZ remains on top but since October, its support fell 4.5pps (Vecernji List)
Motorways are more expensive, revenues are higher by HRK 275mn compared to 2016 (Vecernji List)
Country without paper. This is what will bring 2018 [public administration minister promises digitalisation] (Vecernji List)
Shipbuilding removed from state aid schemes (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In one year, gross foreign debt was down by EUR 3.1bn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Education minister Divjak: We will start educating IT teachers (Jutarnji List)
Kuscevic: For this year we plan to digitise public services. Local governments? Municipalities should be strengthened and merge those who can not do the job themselves (Jutarnji List)
Government announced cheaper price for cars but failed to pass related legislation (Jutarnji List)
First 2018 survey: Support for SDP and HDZ falls, Mr. ‘No one’ remains most popular politician, Plenkovic is most hated (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Commentary: Reforms is children’s story. A year of payoff for HDZ follows (Novi List)
Jan 05, 2018 07:37GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Plenkovic in some cases has to prove he is ruling the HDZ (Vecernji List)
Minister Tolusic: No fisherman will suffer material damage (Vecernji List)
7 misdemeanour procedures were initiated against Croatian fishermen [by Slovenian police] (Vecernji List)
Candidates for privatisation dropped out from list of strategic companies (Poslovni Dnevnik)
HNB rolled out more than HRK 3bn in the system (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Peasants are worried land allocation returns to ‘local sheriffs’ (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Goran Maric announced a large infrastructure investment in Mali Losinj (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Association of minority shareholders [in Agrokor] dissatisfied with proposal for settlement (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Erjavec claims Piran Bay problem would have been solved if his proposal was approved: We should have implemented arbitration in tourist season (Jutarnji List)
Slovenian president Pahor: Tensions with Zagrreb to be resolved with patient dialogue, possibly through informal channels (Jutarnji List)
Do we have to expect VAT rate reduction next year? Analysts: Government should tackle expenditure cuts and taxes on labour and capital before that (Jutarnji List)
Jandrokovic comments on HDZ turmoil: One who tries to destabilise government does not think well of Croatia (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Plenkovic responded to Slovenia: We can also punish your fishermen (Novi List)
Mrsic remains candidate for SDP leader. SDP top seeks sanctions, final decision on Friday (Novi List)
Jan 04, 2018 07:23GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[HDZ ex-leader] Karamarko about returning to politics: Never say never (Vecernji List)
Housing prices are growing rapidly (Vecernji List)
Angry fishermen: Slovenian institutions are terrorising us, Zagreb needs to protect us (Vecernji List)
Karl Erjavec: Croatian minister deceives the public: Border was not confirmed in 1991 (Vecernji List)
Possible new CHF case but for legal entities (Vecernji List)
Fiscal pact: The first serious step towards euro (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Agrokor stocks continue to grow strongly (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Naples’ company is also interested in Uljanik restructuring (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Investments in tourism to reach EUR 940mn this year (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Savudrija fishermen representatives soon to go to [AgriMin[ Tolusic. Foreign minister Buric: Border with Slovenia is still where it was until now (Jutarnji List)
In Slavonia, the number of inhabitants will be halved in ten years compared to pre-war situation (Jutarnji List)
EC joined the Croatia-Slovenia squabble: Resume dialogue and avoid dangerous moves (Jutarnji List)
What’s behind Karamarko’s announcement for return? Sources from HDZ: I do not know why but Plenkovic is afraid of him (Novi List)
Jan 03, 2018 07:23GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Ex-HDZ leader] Karamarko: Situation in party motivates me to return to politics (Vecernji List)
Can an action plan calm the passions and tricks in Bernardic’s SDP (Vecernji List)
To create the right elite, the state must send the best students to the best faculties (Vecernji List)
HRK 1.9bn of new treasuries issued, total debt increased (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Part of investors still believe in Agrokor (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatian diplomacy leader: There is currently no dialogue with the Slovenians, we are exchanging diplomatic notes in media, we should return to the table (Jutarnji List)
Again inconsistent developments on the labour market in 2016: Employed are by 13,000 less, insured are by 30,000 more (Jutarnji List)
A guide to reform in 2018: Tax breaks, work for pensioners, cheaper cars, more money for veterans … (Jutarnji List)
Dubrovnik beats all records: 1.18mn tourists arrived in the city in 2017 (Slobodna Dalmacija)
HDZ remains political myth in 2018 too, SDP is sentenced due to Bernardic (Novi List)
Pejcinovic Buric on Croatian-Slovenian conflict: Croatia will be protected by all means it has (Novi List)
Employers demanded 34% more workers than a year earlier (Novi List)
Jan 02, 2018 07:37GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[FinMin] Maric is already preparing tax breaks for 2019. ‘We will make analysis’ (Vecernji List)
SDP’s attitude: Arbitration can be the basis for negotiations (Vecernji List)
State finally goes on a hunt for investors in [HRK 1bn] golf resort (Poslovni Dnevnik)
A number of new laws in the field of economy, finance and taxes are in force (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Holiday spending exceeded HRK 13bn [fiscal accounts] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Finance minister Maric: For the first time since independence, budget recorded a surplus (Jutarnji List)
Among 25 companies with highest wages 10 are pharmaceutical: Selling more and more expensive drugs and having highest wages in Croatia (Jutarnji List)
Interior minister Bozinovic: Croatian fishermen should not pay penalties to Slovenia, arbitration decision can not be implemented unilaterally (Jutarnji List)
This is how Croatian education reform looks like: Key body for reforms has not worked for a year because ministers do not like its composition (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Croats from today receive e-passports: there is no longer waiting at the counter, passports arrive at home (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Kurz and Rutte worried about dispute between Croatia and Slovenia (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Dec 22, 2017 07:37GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
HNS against [Agrokor] settlement deal as it protects banks, not suppliers (Vecernji List)
HDZ no longer has debts, it is fully consolidated financially (Vecernji List)
Slovene government continues to implement laws and regulations [on border dispute] (Vecernji List)
Russian embassy confirms projects for gasification of Croatia (Vecernji List)
[Crisis manager] Ramljak is working on Agrokor IPO, which [owner] Todoric wanted (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Labour minister] Pavic: No reduction of salary of civil servants (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Survival of Agrokor depends on refinancing of the rollup agreement (Jutarnji List)
[Agrokor chronology] Mercator’s acquisition and expensive loans opened the road to the abyss (Jutarnji List)
[Agrokor] Suppliers to face 77% haircut in claims and remainder to be paid in shares? (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic: Action plan for implementation of education strategy to be implemented no later than Jan 11 (Jutarnji List)
Government increases payments to police officials. A regulation on increasing coefficients adopted, structure of police and ministry changed (Jutarnji List)
(Slobodna Dalmacija)
Plenkovic: in 2018, we will try to make Croatia and the whole society better and more enjoyable to live (Novi List)
[Slovenian foreign minister] Erjavec: Slovenia will send two contracts to Croatia before it starts implementation of the [border] arbitration ruling (Novi List)
[EconMin] Dalic expects continuation of negotiations and settlement for Agrokor (Novi List)
Dec 21, 2017 07:36GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
New Agrokor – banks and suppliers become owners, all debts remain for Todoric (Vecernji List)
The most important is to avoid incidents until an agreement is reached [on border dispute with Slovenia] (Vecernji List)
Government does not know anything about Putin’s proposal for gasification (Vecernji List)
Ramljak: We got support, this is the final stage of the [Agrokor restructuring] process (Vecernji List)
Plenkovic unveils three major foreign policy targets for next year [OECD, Schengen, euro adoption] (Vecernji List)
New Agrokor is established, all assets to be taken over by creditors (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[HNB forecast] Investments are great hopes for 2018 GDP but also the main risk (Poslovni Dnevnik)
New law: Government slams salaries for 65,000 officials (Poslovni Dnevnik)
State owns 1,149 companies but most of them are of no use (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Revision of growth of Croatian economy: HNB reduced forecast for this year, next year we should expect faster inflation (Jutarnji List)
Here is how Slovenes look at meeting between Plenkovic and Cerar: We should not have let them in the EU! (Jutarnji List)
Slovenian request not to be approved: EC does not want to equalise Croatia and Poland (Novi List)
Labour unions assessment about Christmas basket: it is more expensive by HRK 136 (Novi List)
Dec 20, 2017 07:28GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Russian envoy: Russians offer gasification of Croatia, government does now answer for month already (Vecernji List)
Money laundering: Register of true owners of companies should be publicly available (Vecernji List)
Plenkovic: We have offered a new protocol, Cerar: Positions did not come any closer [on border dispute] (Vecernji List)
Maric fulfilled his promise: Food and accommodation of seasonal workers not to be taxed (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Europe creates new jobs, Croatia does not (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Experts warn: rising prices of meat, milk, fruit, and vegetables, situation further aggravated by rising electricity charges (Jutarnji List)
Erjavec after Plenkovic-Cerar meeting: Since Croatia does not have any intention to implement arbitration judgement, I expect reaction of the EC (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic and Cerar agreed that there was no agreement (Novi List)
Brussels proposes, Zagreb signs: Government cuts salaries of 65,000 employees [proposed change in law on wages of civil servants] (Novi List)
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