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Press mood stories for Croatia

Oct 19, 2018 05:30GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Health minister Milan] Kujundzic: The Croatian health system is among the best in the world (Vecernji List)
The problem that escalates: There are no workers, salaries increase at much faster paces (Vecernji List)
Analysis: The new law must clearly prescribe how to collect signatures for a referendum (Vecernji List)
First calculations: How much would be pensions under [labour and pension system Marko] Pavic’s pension reform (Vecernji List)
Black predictions by [HNB] Governor [Boris] Vujcic: By 2040 we would lose 520,000 work places, while tourism expansion pace slows down (Vecernji List)
Blockade of [ailing docks] Uljanik and 3. Maj illiquidity starts to affect subcontractors (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The shortage of workers is the biggest barrier to the development of tourism, we have to bring our salaries closer to the European (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In addition to making cities more efficient and sustainable, technology also promotes equality (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The bailout saves from bankruptcy (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[FinMin Zdravko Maric:] Next year a [general government] deficit of 0.4% of GDP (Poslovni Dnevnik)
So far we have withdrawn from the EU HRK 1.5bn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Possible delay of [state-run Centre for the Restructuring and Sale] CERP shutdown due to Uljanik (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Reformist party] Most finally came out of the closet and tied its fate with that of the [senior ruling] HDZ [by defining itself as right-wing party], but not with [HDZ chairperson Andrej] Plenkovic (Jutarnji List)
Turbulence in parliament: Since Sabor’s inauguration in 2016 the biggest loser is [the main opposition party] SDP with 7 MPs, the biggest winner – [Zagreb Mayor Milan] Bandic[‘s party] with 8 new MPs (Jutarnji List)
Serbia is more competitive than Croatia, and we will be overtaken by Albania and Montenegro as well? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Opposition HSS leader] Kreso Beljak in Rijeka: HSS, GLAS, IDS and HSU [parties] probably to form alliance for EP elections (Novi List)
[Most party MP] Nikola Grmoja: [Anti-corruption police] USKOK and [Office of the Chief State Prosecutor] DORH work on the invitation of [PM and senior ruling party HDZ chairperson] Andrej Plenkovic (Novi List)
Initiatives [the People Decide and the Truth about Istanbul] enabled to have an insight into invalid signatures [in petitions for two referenda] (Novi List)
Oct 18, 2018 06:00GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Round table: Ambitious but also realistic goals in the energy strategy (Vecernji List)
[President of the Association On behalf of the family] Zeljka Markic: It's not true that we do not have enough valid signatures, the minister has merged two initiatives (Vecernji List)
2019 will be the year of digital transformation (Vecernji List)
One of the four new potential investors has already abandoned [ailing shipyard] Uljanik (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Adopted by government pension reform:] Upon retirement, one can withdraw up to 15% of his/her savings (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Public administration minister Lovro] Kuscevic announces introduction of preferential voting also in local elections (Jutarnji List)
First analysis of new [pension] reform: The ratio of pensions to wages will further fall (Jutarnji List)
Referenda organisers seek independent count of signatures: Babies, dead people and foreign citizens represent only 0.2% of signatures (Jutarnji List)
Kuscevic announced changes to electoral legislation: From next year's preferential voting also in local elections? (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[President Kolinda] Grabar-Kitarovic: Croatia needs to create its own strong and positive national brand (Novi List)
Oct 17, 2018 04:26GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Labour and pension system] minister [Marko] Pavic: We want to keep the young and stop the emigration with higher wages (Vecernji List)
[Main opposition party SDP political secretary Davorko] Vidovic: SDP will not support the pension reform (Vecernji List)
The government knows what to do to accelerate GDP growth of 5%, but they do not do the necessary (Vecernji List)
Minister Pavic agreed: People saving in second pension pillar will have a one-off supplement of 15% upon retirement (Vecernji List)
[EC:] You still have to work on civil education (Vecernji List)
[Uljanik CEO Gianni] Rossanda: Liquidation is the only solution [for ailing shipyard] (Vecernji List)
Rossanda’s fall represents a new chance [for company’s restructuring plan] in EC (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Eurostat on expected working life: ]Croats and Italians will work 32 years, and Icelanders 47 years (Vecernji List)
Pension package in parliament for 15 days (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Shame on Drava: The longest bridge worth HRK 1bn is unusable, although its completion is 99.7% (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Public administration Minister [Lovro Kuscevic]: I will report to the government tomorrow about the final number of valid signatures in the referendum initiatives (Jutarnji List)
SDP starts preparations for the EP’s elections: We have not yet defined what our goal is (Jutarnji List)
[Economy] Minister [Darko] Horvat: I am optimistic and I am sure that shipbuilding in Croatia will survive (Jutarnji List)
Uljanik General Assembly appointed only one member of Supervisory Board, the Commercial Court should appoint two more but time is running out (Jutarnji List)
The government claims it spent HRK 4.5bn for youth employment: Where are the jobs? Where's the money? (Novi List)
Minister Horvat claims that for Uljanik there are four potential investors (Novi List)
Oct 16, 2018 06:01GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Due to unpaid wages for September in [ailing shipyard] Uljanik, a strike may be possible (Vecernji List)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic after the protest [in Vukovar]: The government is responsible, we did not recognise ourselves in the criticisms (Vecernji List)
[Croatian absurd:] The bridge on Drava River has been completed at 99.7% for two years now -- and is still waiting [to be launched] (Vecernji List)
[Unions:] We do not expect any miracles from the Uljanik’s general assembly [today] (Vecernji List)
Will small shareholders [of Uljanik] give today mistrust [to CEO Gianni] Rossanda? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Petrokemija’s [General] Assembly without quorum, new in 2 weeks (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Retail trade this year will grow by 3% (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Economy minister Darko Horvat:] We're waiting for those who will bring bigger salaries (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Plenkovic: We did not recognise the government in the criticisms put forward at a gathering in Vukovar. I think the messages of some speakers were not good (Jutarnji List)
Audit of EU funds drawing: Croatia criticised for falsified documents, but commended for VAT application (Jutarnji List)
Workers [of Uljanik] without wages, management without solution – If the EC does not approve the new restructuring programme, dock goes to bankruptcy? (Jutarnji List)
Uljanik costs [state budget] EUR 300mn by end-year (Jutarnji List)
Was [reformist party] Most finally publicly declared as a right-wing party? (Jutarnji List)
[Health] Minister Milan Kujundzic: Inspections ongoing in hospitals, we will not protect anyone (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Verdict on [Zagreb Mayor] Milan Bandic on Friday: [Anti-corruption police] USKOK thinks it [case] is a brilliant example of political corruption (Novi List)
[Main opposition SDP party head Davor] Bernardic: The HDZ uses state institutions for intra-party calculations (Novi List)
Oct 15, 2018 06:06GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[HDZ MP] Stevo Culej[, the only in party who voted against the Istanbul Convention] leaving HDZ [to become independent]? (Vecernji List)
[Vukovar Mayor] Ivan Penava: If this is the case [-- HDZ disapproves protests in Vukovar as no member came], I will leave the HDZ (Vecernji List)
[HNB Governor] Boris Vujcic proclaimed the best governor in CEE (Vecernji List)
[Eurostat data:] Industrial production in the EU grows in annual terms in August, in Croatia falls (Vecernji List)
14% of the population left Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Investors are more interested in [shipbuilder] 3. Maj, not in [ailing shipyard] Uljanik (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Health minister Milan] Kujundzic would save the collapsed healthcare by one but totally wrong move (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Uljanik faces stormy days: Funds for paying wages are missing, assembly [for selecting new supervisory board] also questionable (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Boris Vujcic was proclaimed the best governor in Central and Eastern Europe (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Economy minister [Darko Horvat]: If [businessman Danko] Koncar seriously wants [to become a strategic partner of] Uljanik, he has to immediately give EUR 200mn! Otherwise we have different options (Jutarnji List)
Boris Vujcic recognised best [central bank] governor in CEE [by Global Markets magazine]: We have kept the course and financial stability in the conditions of a long recession (Jutarnji List)
Thousands of people in Vukovar, protesters screamed 'Betrayal, betrayal'! From the stage, they released footage of [war] victims' testimonies (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Minister Darko Horvat: Investors are basically interested in May 3rd. Uljanik is not interesting to them (Novi List)
Who is Vadim Novinsky -- Controversial billionaire deemed responsible for ruining Ukrainian shipbuilding as well (Novi List)
Oct 12, 2018 06:29GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
The truth about the Croatian judiciary (Vecernji List)
Opposition: You [-- the civil initiatives People Decide and The Truth About Istanbul] should be liable for falsified signatures [in petitions for calling two referendums] (Vecernji List)
[Food and retail conglomerate Agrokor in] August with the lowest operating expense since activating Lex Agrokor (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Financing possibilities from EU funds are large, we currently have 55% of contracted funds (Poslovni Dnevnik)
We share profit with employees, but we do not want to ban work on Sundays (Poslovni Dnevnik)
APIS head: We did not get information [on referendum motions signature count] to media, it is not possible. We are to check the signatures for the referendums and deliver the results to the Commission (Jutarnji List)
The [HDS deputy head and deputy parliament speaker Milijan] Brkic case: The investigation of leak of internal information, which was closed in 2011, may be renewed (Jutarnji List)
Croatia receives 12 completely new helicopters – US donation is worth USD 50mn (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic defends [health] minister: I completely reject all reasons for the dismissal of [Milan] Kujundzic (Novi List)
Opposition: Kujundzic is the worst minister (Novi List)
We have not drawn lessons from mistakes: How will Croatia respond to a new crisis that is waiting for us in 2020 at the latest? (Novi List)
Unions [at ailing dock Uljanik] welcome the interest of potential partners from Ukraine: If the salary for September does not arrive on Monday, we form the Strike Board (Novi List)
Oct 11, 2018 06:00GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Not enough signatures [for calling referendums on Istanbul Convention, electoral law change] were collected, even the names of the dead in the books (Vecernji List)
[Newly-elected Bosniak member of BiH Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic:] Those who comment on the internal situation in BiH should be careful about what they say (Vecernji List)
[Financial watchdog FINA:] 274,123 citizens and 20,237 business entities blocked [as of end-September] (Vecernji List)
Higher digitisation brings 10% higher GDP (Vecernji List)
Better management of assets raises public revenue by up to 3% of GDP (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Four more Croatian companies in preparing for going to the stock market (Poslovni Dnevnik)
US entrepreneurs looking for investment opportunities in Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Is there control over branch collective bargaining agreements? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic reports on work of government: No one in Croatia can be above the law (Jutarnji List)
[Economy minister Darko Horvat:] Ukrainian investor [Vadim] Novinski[, owner of the largest shipyards in Ukraine,] interested in [ailing docks] Uljanik and 3. Maj; to meet company’s management on Thursday (Jutarnji List)
[Parliament:] Protection of whistle-blowers is essential for the fight against corruption (Jutarnji List)
[Prices of] Most new cars will increase, the only the question is by what percentage and when (Slobodna Dalmacija)
No solution for salary: Unions at [ailing shipyard] Uljanik seek from minister Horvat a clear answer on the future of the dock (Novi List)
The parliament today to discuss [oppositions motion for health minister] Milan Kujundzic's recall, minister does not seem to be afraid of losing his post (Novi List)
Oct 10, 2018 05:53GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic: The affair of Miljan Brkic does not harm the party's reputation (Vecernji List)
The government hires new staff to [secure faster] drawing of EU funds, 2,700 [employees] lacking (Vecernji List)
[FinMin] Zdravko Maric opposes [health minister Milan] Kujundzic: I oppose proposed new taxation on tobacco and alcohol (Vecernji List)
Protecting farmers from greedy merchants works only on paper (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Tourism this year brings EUR 12bn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The price of the euro diesel is the highest in the history of Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[FinMin Maric:] Tax reform is rather geared towards the reducing burden on the economy than filling the budget (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Plenkovic: The SMS affair from week to week gets new dimensions. Brkic gave a statement to DORH and I believe he has clarified everything in the right place (Jutarnji List)
Quarrel in government over HRK millions from cigarettes [-- FinMin Maric rejects advocated by health minister Kujundzic drastic 50-100% increase in cigarettes prices by raising excise tax fearing surge in black market] (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic: Brkic and the affair [around him] do not harm the reputation of the HDZ (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Plenkovic convinced that the affair around Brkic would not harm the party's reputation: These are some stories that have no connection with HDZ's policy [or that of the government] (Novi List)
Ukrainians interested in entering the property of 3. Maj [shipyard]: Horvat claims: It's already the fourth serious partner (Novi List)
LNG Hrvatska received three offers for the management of the floating LNG terminal [on Krk Island] (Novi List)
Oct 09, 2018 05:53GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Opposition IDS chairperson and Pula mayor Boris] Miletic seeks application of Lex Agrokor for [ailing shipyard] Uljanik (Vecernji List)
Unpleasant surprise: Today [price of] fuel drastically increases (Vecernji List)
Savings rate decreases: Germans save every fifth euro, Croats -- every 8th kuna (Vecernji List)
Health contributions for workers on minimum wage are restored (Vecernji List)
Analysis on elections in BiH: Croats annoyed, Bosniaks imposed [BiH] presidency members for the third time (Vecernji List)
No [intraparty] referendum on which [main opposition] SDP to decide on [firing party’s head Davor] Bernardic to be held? (Vecernji List)
More than half of retirees have not earned a pension[ but receive one] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Millions of people in Croatia are unemployed, but they do not even look for job (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Without the import of foreign workers, the business of a part of traders will be compromised (Poslovni Dnevnik)
First interview by new member of BiH Presidency [Zeljko] Komsic: We will sue Croatia [over BiH’s right to an access to sea related to Peljesac Bridge construction] (Jutarnji List)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic responded to Komsic: Croatia does not violate laws by building Peljesac bridge (Jutarnji List)
Only the poor[ly performing] tourism industry is the motor of the economy (Jutarnji List)
President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] on elections in BiH: Despite the inappropriate statements we have heard, I firmly believe in good neighbourly relations (Jutarnji List)
Interviews begin: [HDZ deputy head and deputy parliament’s speaker Milijan] Brkic and other ten people summoned by [State Prosecutor’s Office] DORH (Jutarnji List)
Croats in BiH elected [as their representative at BiH Presidency Zeljko] Komsic: Exasperation: BiH is to face a severe [political] crisis (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Interior] Minister [Davor] Bozinovic: There is a political will to investigate everything in the case of [HDZ deputy head and parliament’s deputy speaker] Milijan Brkic; Police Director [Nikola Milin]: A special working group was established (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Will the HDZ allow the establishment of an investigative commission? Will [or will not] Plenkovic hand over Brkic into the hands of the opposition? (Novi List)
Teachers are discontent: Education reform is only an improvisation with bad results (Novi List)
Komsic warned Plenkovic not to interfere with BiH's internal affairs: These are our choices (Novi List)
Oct 05, 2018 05:46GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Employers: No workers, abolish 13th salary! (Vecernji List)
E-mobility is at the door, and Croatia is still waiting for regulations (Vecernji List)
Council of Europe: Croatia must stop with police violence against migrants (Vecernji List)
Prostitution affair affects even more officials: [HDZ deputy head Milijan] Brkic's file disappeared during [former chief state prosecutor Mladen] Bajic Bajic's time? (Vecernji List)
Real estate potential is not just in big cities (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In just seven days the cost [for ailing shipyard Uljanik restructuring] increased by EUR 116mn (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Government to seek measures to prevent car prices rise in 2019 (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Can HDZ outgrow [the affair around HDZ first deputy chairperson] Milijan Brkic? (Jutarnji List)
Milijan Brkic: I already gave a statement to [the State Attorney's Office] DORH on the subject of compromise of special surveys from 2011' (Jutarnji List)
Government changes the law: Pension funds to have 20-30% in [state-owned motorway operator Hrvatske Autoceste] HAC (Jutarnji List)
Legal experts: Brkic will get out of this affair without any consequences; [justice minister Drazen] Bosnjakovic: We'll see who is responsible (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Negative balance: Only the manufacturing industry has lost 20,000 jobs in 10 years (Novi List)
Oct 04, 2018 06:14GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Economy minister Darko] Horvat: I believe in the survival of [ailing shipyard] Uljanik, the state will not refrain from contributing (Vecernji List)
The invention of pensions from the nineties is back: One will be able to buy [additional] pension, this time via state companies (Vecernji List)
The leak of information: Police and DORH in conflict with [ruling deputy head Milijan] Brkic case (Vecernji List)
Agricultural land is increasingly being traded, the price is rising, and production is getting smaller (Poslovni Dnevnik)
New Plan for Uljanik, 3. Maj, Italian [shipbuilder] Fincantieri returns [to 3. Maj]? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Retailer] Konzum at risk of rents worth HRK 2.5bn? (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[HDZ political secretary Lovro] Kuscevic: There is no talk about removing Brkic (Jutarnji List)
Crisis in [ruling coalition partner] HNS: Deputy head [Marija Puh] resigns [from all her party functions], to be independent MP, possibly enter [Milan] Bandic’s caucus (Jutarnji List)
Again, a big crisis is coming, worse than last time? Domestic economists worried: For Croatia could have detrimental effects (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[HDZ chairperson and PM Andrej] Plenkovic: DORH is independent, it is important to see what's true, which is not true (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Uljanik’s unions: We're not happy (Novi List)
Will Croatia become a garbage dump? Government should prevent rising vehicle prices (Novi List)
Who has hidden the documents about Brkic? Source from HDZ: Plenkovic has been persuaded to count on him [Brkic] (Novi List)
Oct 03, 2018 06:17GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic: Elections in BiH will be key to Croats’ position in BiH and ahead for EU path (Vecernji List)
Has [Office of the Chief State Prosecutor] DORH covered up in 2011 the case of [ruling HDZ deputy head Milijan] Brkic [related to leaking information to criminals]? (Vecernji List)
Has Brkic prevented the investigation of elite prostitution in 2011? (Vecernji List)
[Former foreign minister Miro Kovac:] Croatia is a successful story today, it has benefited from EU membership (Vecernji List)
If you want to survive in a new, terse world, the EU must redefine its purpose (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Potential strategic partner of ailing Uljanik shipyard Danko Koncar:] I do not aim to become a majority owner (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia is threatened by a significant increase in vehicle prices [next year due to EU’s stricter CO2 emission measurement standards], a transient solution is proposed (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Believe it or not, Croatia is again on investors’ radar (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Opposition Most head] Bozo Petrov about Plenkovic: People have been waiting for this prime minister as someone who will do something special and he turned to ‘Gargamel’ (Jutarnji List)
The debate on decentralization in Croatia has shown apathy of cities and municipalities (Jutarnji List)
The hoop around Brkic: Has the second man in HDZ has betrayed police investigation? (Jutarnji List)
[Former HDZ chairperson Tomislav] Karamarko: I do not believe Brkic has given police secrets (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Plenkovic after talking with Brkic: He denies the allegations from the press. We want to reveal the whole affair (Novi List)
[HDZ caucus head Branko] Bacic: There is no war in HDZ (Novi List)
[HDZ political secretary Lovro] Kuscevic: If the accusations against Brkic are true, that would really be a disaster (Novi List)
Whether [September] wages [for Uljanik workers] will be paid still not known (Novi List)
The state remains without EUR 4mn [worth of state guarantees issued for Uljanik] due to the cancellation of a ship by the Canadians (Novi List)
Oct 02, 2018 05:57GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Loans can become cheaper: Banks reduce fixed interest rates (Vecernji List)
New accusations: [Ruling HDZ deputy head and deputy parliament’s speaker] Milijan Brkic allegedly provided secrets about police investigations [to criminals in 2011] (Vecernji List)
Meeting of trade unions with [labour and pension reform] minister [Marko] Pavic [over planned pension reform] lasted for 3 minutes (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Management [of ailing shipyard Uljanik] has to provide the government with answers to the EC this week (Poslovni Dnevnik)
There is still room for a risk premium drop [-- main bank Addiko calls for reforms, sees good chances for Croatia moving to investment grade ratings next year] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The number of unemployed in the year fell by 45,000 to 8.5%[, the fastest fall in the EU] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Health minister Milan] Kujundzic: I still plan to increase excise taxes on alcohol and cigarettes (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Public sector trade unions rejected government proposal for [2% wage base] increase (Jutarnji List)
[Reformist opposition party Most chairperson Bozo] PETROV: Most is clean even if HDZ tries to drown it (Jutarnji List)
Minister Pavic negotiated salaries with representatives of trade unions of state and public services (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Palumbo and P&L hold 82% of [shipyard] Vikto Lenac shares after the takeover bid (Novi List)
[German car giant] Porsche comes to Grobnik [near Rijeka to open On Track Europe Centre] (Novi List)
Oct 01, 2018 06:14GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[President of Independent Trade Unions of Croatia] Kresimir Sever: Pension reform is an opportunity for people to say enough (Vecernji List)
Compromise: In retirement at 67 years as of 2033 (Vecernji List)
[Ailing shipbuilder] Uljanik workers announce new strike, [payment of] September wages questioned (Vecernji List)
European funds as a source of co-financing are a kind of project development generator (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Record [value of] mergers in nine months (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Behind the zero [-1.0% y/y] industrial production growth in August: Shipyards falling, tobacco growing (Poslovni Dnevnik)
More than half of retirees receive retirement they have not earned (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Financial watchdog FINA data:] More than 1,600 freelancers unblocked [in August m/m] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[National Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic on challenges for next tourist season:] We need lower prices and stronger promotion (Poslovni Dnevnik)
President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] to [Serbian President Aleksandar] Vucic: I have invested political capital in relations with Serbia and Belgrade responding with 'inflammatory rhetoric' (Jutarnji List)
[Opposition Zivi Zid head Ivan Valibor] Sincic: The rating fall does not worry us (Jutarnji List)
[FinMin Zdravko] Maric’s ultimatum to [health minister Milan] Kujundzic: You will get more money from contributions, now finally redeem healthcare debts (Jutarnji List)
[Opposition party Zivi Zid co-leader Ivan Valibor] Sincic: We can, together with [opposition] Most get both [senior ruling] HDZ and [main opposition] SDP out of the game, but they do not want to cooperate (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Main opposition party SDP head Davor] Bernardic: SDP proved to be right when it warned of suspect circumstances around Lex Agrokor [drafting] (Novi List)
Sep 28, 2018 06:29GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Economy minister Darko Hovat:] 5% GDP growth is unimaginable [as it requires HRK 55bn investments] – economy’s investment potential is HRK 30bn (Vecernji List)
Opposition in parliament to tax reform: Changes are in favour of the richest (Vecernji List)
Lobbying for a place in the world government [-- the UN’s Security Council] began (Vecernji List)
Seven key reasons why the second pension pillar should be maintained (Vecernji List)
[Russian Ambassador to Croatia Anvar] Azimov predicts triple bigger exchange with Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Education is not bad, proof of this is the success of our people abroad (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Poles still interested to invest in Croatia (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Energy minister Tomislav] Coric: Gas prices for households this season will not increase (Poslovni Dnevnik)
September is still '[peak of summer] season', but triple weaker than August (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Opposition to tax reform in parliament: Claiming that reduction of [total contributions burden by] 0.7pps [from 37.2% to 36.5%] is a big relief [on employers] is ridiculous (Jutarnji List)
[HRK 113mn project for] One-stop shop administrative service starts next year: People will be able to submit all requests to state in one place (Jutarnji List)
Satisfaction with President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] speech at UN National Assembly confirms Croatia has become recognisable in the world (Jutarnji List)
[Main opposition party] SDP put forward a proposal [to raise untaxable monthly income to HRK 5,000 from HRK 3,800]: This would increase all salaries in Croatia (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Floating LNG terminal on Krk island] waits the Hungarians: Deadline for binding bidding in second lease tender extended again [to Dec 20] (Novi List)
Sep 27, 2018 06:27GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Emergency administrator] Fabris Perushko: In 2019 [food and retail conglomerate] Agrokor ceases to be a threat to the economy (Vecernji List)
In financial wealth, we have not grown up (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Five Croatian companies among the 1,000 who 'inspire Europe' (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Ipsos poll:] President [Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic] still the most popular[, backed even by more than half of main opposition SDP voters] (Jutarnji List)
[HDZ political secretary Lovro: Kuscevic: HDZ is stable, there are no internal conflicts (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Pension reform: The state is trying to ‘improve’ the demographic picture by punishing mothers with smaller pensions (Novi List)
SDP statutory committee: Suspended members remain completely without the right to vote? (Novi List)
Reworked restructuring programme for [ailing shipbuilder] Uljanik presented, agreement reached to answer EC questions as quickly as possible (Novi List)
Sep 26, 2018 06:30GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Candidate for a Croat member of BiH presidency Zeljko Komsic accused Croatia of interfering in BiH's internal affairs and resurrection of Herceg-Bosna (Vecernji List)
[President Kolinda] Grabar-Kitarovic: We need the help of the Russian side to Agrokor to get to his feet (Vecernji List)
Pension Reform: Arthritis sufferers have three months of additional length of service per year (Vecernji List)
Grabar Kitarovic: We still need the help of the Russian side for Agrokor to stand on his feet and become a successful company (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Recapitalisation of [artificial fertiliser] Petrokemija is more likely to take place at the end of the year (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Keeping at least one unproductive job is endangering [ailing shipyard] Uljanik's survival (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Without the education, investments in personnel development are unproductive (Poslovni Dnevnik)
5% of the most vulnerable and most successful [teachers] will receive 15% higher pay (Jutarnji List)
President: Russian banks have to help Agrokor stand up on its feet (Jutarnji List)
[Main opposition party SDP caucus head Arsen] Bauk: For a change - we are ready to fight with others, not between ourselves (Novi List)
Today is ‘The Day’ for ailing Uljanik's [reworked] restructuring plan (Novi List)
Sep 25, 2018 06:14GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Government priority must be the withdrawal of the last euro from the EU funds (Vecernji List)
Pension reform: [Labour and Pension System Minister Marko] Pavic under union pressure agrees 27% supplement to be for most in second pillar (Vecernji List)
New problem: Unblocked citizens again fall into blockades (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Pavic: Before submitting [pension reform proposal] to the parliament possible modifications (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Construction activity is growing twice as fast as last year [in first seven months of the year (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Pavic: HRK 69 increase [of pensions] is not small, in two-year term [of PM Andrej] Plenkovic’s cabinet's pensioners saw pensions grew record (Jutarnji List)
New rules for remuneration of teachers: The 5% best to get 15% higher pay (Jutarnji List)
Minister Pavic: Pensions grow at a record speed, HRK 69 is not a bit! (Slobodna Dalmacija)
SDP caucus head Arsen Bauk: [Party’s head Davor] Bernardic's departure is just a technical question. [SDP first deputy chairperson Zlatko] Komadina should lead the SDP for a year (Novi List)
Enormous burden: Taxpayers have already paid HRK 2bn state guarantees in the last five years (Novi List)
Sep 24, 2018 06:13GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Croatia is not a land for the elderly - your pensions will be three times less than your salary (Vecernji List)
The Franjo Tudjman Airport must already be expanded: A business city and a new terminal will be built (Vecernji List)
Who cares about democracy. Only power and despair! (Vecernji List)
A new discounter[, Italian Eurospin,] would take up to 3% of the [retail] market with 20 stores (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The reduction of tax on shares held by workers is still too high (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[S&P affirms] BB+ rating, outlook improved to positive (Poslovni Dnevnik)
In Croatian airport [Brac], Serbian aircraft will land (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Labour and Pension System] Minister [Marko] Pavic promised: The pensions will surely be bigger [thanks to the planned pension reform] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Largest HBOR-supported investment [of pharmaceutical company JGL] ready to double capacities (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[Main opposition party SDP deputy head] Rajko Ostojic: [SDP head Davor] Bernardic missed a chance to show himself as a leader, but he has legitimacy (Jutarnji List)
Government’s VAT reduction: Retailers who do not cut prices will be publicly known (Jutarnji List)
Rajko Ostojic: Bernardic himself is responsible for his rating (Slobodna Dalmacija)
New legislation: The tourist boards that spend too much money on salaries are to be closed? (Novi List)
Workers seek a way to make the state takeover [troubled shipbuilder] Uljanik managing stake (Novi List)
Sep 21, 2018 06:42GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
From turbulence in the [ruling] HDZ, it could profit [opposition party] Most, the right messages are already sent (Vecernji List)
What brings us the [planned] pension reform – [answers to six key questions] (Vecernji List)
Pension reform: With length of service of 37 years, it’s better to go [back to first pillar from second pillar to get 27% supplement] (Vecernji List)
[Employers’ association HUP:] We can no longer raise funding from our own profits[, tax burden on capital has to be reduced in order to raise wages] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[PwC survey:] Having business in Croatia has overnight become more uncertain than in the rest of Eastern Europe [-- rate of economic crime rose to 53% last year, above EE average of 47%] (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia may not be overall [tourist destination] hit, but it is still A destination (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Measures will help citizens: Amendments to nine tax laws in the third tax relief round (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[FinMin] Zdravko Maric: There will always be criticism of tax reform (Jutarnji List)
Initiative 'People Decides' seeks support from President [Kolinda] Grabar-Kitarovic [to be allowed to have observers during counting of signatures for election law change referendum] (Jutarnji List)
EC has found 75 shortcomings in plan for Uljanik salvation; [economy minister Darko] Horvat has 30 days to rework the restructuring plan for the shipyard (Jutarnji List)
Government adopted the National Plan for Hospital Development 2018-2020 (Slobodna Dalmacija)
[Planned] Pension reform is most appreciated by banks (Novi List)
Horvat: There is interest in buying shipbuilders [Uljanik] in Pula, [3.Maj] in Rijeka (Novi List)
Sep 20, 2018 06:13GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Economy minister Darko Horvat:] The government can no longer give money for salaries at [troubled shipbuilder] Uljanik (Vecernji List)
[PM Andrej] Plenkovic: Croatia can control borders alone, and the problem must be solved in the source (Vecernji List)
Plenkovic has no opposition, he is afraid only of being betrayed by his friends (Vecernji List)
[Association of pension management and insurance companies UMFO:] Do not touch the second [pension] pillar because you will not have the money for retirement (Vecernji List)
The head of the supervisory board cannot make any decisions about Uljanik (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[UMFO:] Members of the second [pension] pillar should get three-fourths of the 27% surcharge (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatian farmers became dependent on incentives, and they destroyed production (Poslovni Dnevnik)
The government will be able to select state-run managers without any competition (Poslovni Dnevnik)
Croatia and China ink tourism cooperation agreement (Jutarnji List)
[Labour and pension system minister Marko] Pavic: The government's goal is retirement at a longer period of time, pensions going to be bigger (Jutarnji List)
[HNS head] Ivan Vrdoljak: Reforms of pension and tax systems and education reform could pull the country forward (Jutarnji List)
Pension funds: Our solution for pension reform is 27% supplement for all [pensioners] (Jutarnji List)
Plenkovic on [opposition] attacks on coalition allies: This was not even in the worst stages of communism! (Slobodna Dalmacija)
Plenkovic in Salzburg: The Croatian police are capable, we do not need Frontex to oversee the border (Novi List)
The state has [already] paid the first EUR 48mn of guarantees given to Uljanik. That is, unfortunately, just the beginning (Novi List)
Sep 19, 2018 06:29GMT, Croatia, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Energy minister Tomislav Coric:] LNG project fulfils goal for diversification of energy routes[, we believe it will be completed by 2020] (Vecernji List)
Tax and pension reforms due to be discussed in parliament [during session starting today] (Vecernji List)
[Three-seas initiative results:] 11 Croatian projects on the new economic map of Europe (Vecernji List)
[Main opposition party SDP head] Davor Bernardic: Wreckers, you will not succeed in this reckless rebellion (Vecernji List)
Pension paradox: Where to work by [reaching the planned higher retirement age of] 67 when employers do not like older workers (Vecernji List)
[Spanish consultants propose] Toll collection in the future [to be] per kilometre and contactless (Poslovni Dnevnik)
EC [opinion arrived at economy ministry on Monday]: No green light, change [restructuring] plan for [troubled shipbuilder] Uljanik! (Poslovni Dnevnik)
[FinMin] Zdravko Maric on pension system: We will have to take certain moves; the employees-to-retirees ratio is far below the average of other countries (Jutarnji List)
Results from Three-seas initiative summit in Bucharest: 40 priority projects were confirmed, among them 11 from Croatia (Jutarnji List)
Zagreb court rules in favour of banks: There is no damage, the currency clause was clear, understandable and noticeable. No compensation [to some 60,000 borrowers in CHF! (Jutarnji List)
Meeting of SDP caucus today: Rebels: We would not be surprised if we are all expelled and then Bernardic rushes in (Jutarnji List)
Turnout in CHF-indexed loans case: The county judge in Zagreb ruled in favour of the bank: The currency clause was clear, understandable and noticeable. No compensation! (Slobodna Dalmacija)
VAT is charged on meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, eggs and diapers, but will their prices go down? (Novi List)
Coric happy and satisfied with American support: I believe LNG [project] will be realised! (Novi List)
They [shipyards] can no longer get a buck from the state: Brussels will seek refund of subsidies from 3.Maj? (Novi List)
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