Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 17, 2011 12:29:47 GMT -5
Sell it to Bulgaria! The Adriatic will be Bulgarian sea once again, muahaha!
Unemployed Croatian Brothers Seek to Sell Adriatic Island.
Novinite.com World | August 17, 2011, Wednesday
Stipe Marusic, a 40-year-old unemployed Croatian sailor, and his two brothers are selling an Adriatic island for over USD 1 M.
Marusic told journalists that the three were sorry to sell the island, which their grandfather and great-grandfather had bought piece by piece over years, but they had no other choice as the companies they used to work for had gone bankrupt, leaving them on the dole.
The island of Srednja Kluda, located in the Trogir archipelago north of Split and spanning 2.4 hectares, now has a price tag of nearly USD 1.5 M, according to Croatian news portal dalje.com.
According to Marusic, "There is interest, we have one serious buyer, but the bureaucracy is slowing us down,".
Croatia, which left Socialist Yugoslavia 15 years ago, after waging a 4-year war of independence, opened its real estate market to foreigners in 2005.
However, the government moved to outlaw construction works on small uninhabited islands in an alleged bid to preserve them for agriculture and tourism.
The ban discouraged investors from the the 1,200 or so islands scattered across the eastern Adriatic.
Apart from introducing the ban on new building on the islands, the government also requested owners to offer the land to the government first.
The Croatian Cabinet is hardly likely to be able to afford such a purchase at the moment, but the clearing of the pre-emptive rights takes about six months.
There are no indications that the government, which will face general elections in December, will drop the construction ban.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 26, 2011 18:50:07 GMT -5
Croatian opposition ahead of ruling HDZ, polls show.
Beta Region | Saturday 26.11.2011 | 14:51
ZAGREB -- Opposition Kukuriku coalition led by the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) has twice as many votes compared to the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).
According to the latest polls, the Kukuriku coalition in November had support of 37.5 percent of voters, while its main opponent in the upcoming elections HDZ can count on support of 19 percent of the voters.
The elections in Croatia will be held on December 4.
The two political options will end their election campaign the same way they started it, i.e. with the same ratio of votes, the polls show.
The opposition coalition has the biggest support in Zagreb, 43 percent, as well as in Istria and Kvarner with 60 percent. The HDZ has the biggest support in Dalmatia with 35 percent.
As far as other parties are concerned, only the Croatian Labourists will pass the census according to the polls.
As far as political leaders’ rating is concerned, Kukuriku coalition leader Zoran Milanović has support of 48 percent of the voters ahead of the elections, which is his best result in the last six months.
HDZ leader Jadranka Kosor on the other hand enjoys support of 23 percent of the citizens, which is her worst rating in the last six months.
By Igor Ilic and Zoran Radosavljevic ZAGREB | Sun Dec 4, 2011 2:20pm EST
(Reuters) - Voters ousted Croatia's ruling conservatives on Sunday, according to exit polls, handing the centre-left opposition a strong mandate to overhaul the flagging economy before the ex-Yugoslav republic joins the European Union in 2013.
The opposition bloc, known as Kukuriku ('cock-a-doodle-doo'), won 83 seats in the Adriatic country's 151-seat parliament, based on the results of two exit polls. The ruling HDZ was second with 40.
The HDZ has ruled for 16 of Croatia's 20 years as an independent state, but was roundly punished by voters for a string of corruption scandals and rising unemployment.
The Kukuriku bloc, led by 45-year-old former diplomat Zoran Milanovic of the Social Democrats (SDS), will have to act fast to trim state spending and avert a potential credit rating downgrade.
Milanovic has told Croats they will have to work "more, harder, longer" to turn the economy around before the country of 4.3 million people becomes the second ex-Yugoslav republic to join the EU in July 2013.
"I have a decent pension but I look around me and I see poverty everywhere," 74-year-old pensioner Milan Grgurek said after voting in the capital, Zagreb. "Whoever comes to power ... will have to carry out reforms."
Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia in a 1991-95 war, and has seen its economy boom over the past decade on the back of foreign borrowing and waves of tourism to its stunning Adriatic coastline.
But growth ground to a halt when the global financial crisis hit in 2009 and Croatia has been the slowest among central and south-east European countries to crawl back out of recession.
Unemployment stood at 17.4 percent in October and thousands of employees work without pay. Lack of liquidity has paralyzed many local businesses and overall foreign debt has surpassed 100 percent of gross domestic product.
Trust in the governing elite has also been hit hard by a string of graft scandals mainly involving the HDZ.
Investigations have landed former prime minister and HDZ leader Ivo Sanader in court, and spread to other senior party officials accused of running slush funds.
"I want change, a society without corruption," said a 31-year-old music editor at a Zagreb radio station who gave his name as Krunoslav.
"I'm still an optimist and believe it will get better in the next four years," he said. "Besides, in two years we'll be in the EU."
The anti-corruption drive under Prime Minister Jadranko Kosor, HDZ leader, helped secure Croatia a date for EU accession, but there are concerns over the parlous state of its economy.
Milanovic told Reuters this week that the state budget for 2012 would be in place by the end of March, in time to avert a credit downgrade.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 15, 2011 13:29:15 GMT -5
Croatian president names new PM.
ZAGREB, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Croatian President Ivo Josipovic on Wednesday appointed Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic as the prime minister-designate to form the country's new government.
A coalition consisting of the SDP and other three parties won 80 seats in the 151-seat parliament earlier this month.
After receiving final results of the elections Tuesday evening, Josipovic on Wednesday met with leaders of the four parties in presidential palace and gave Milanovic the mandate to form a new government.
Milanovic, a 45-year-old former diplomat, told reporters the mandate means a big responsibility of his government to pull Croatia out of crisis.
"The only way to achieve this goal is economic growth," he said.
The PM-designate has 30 days to present the new government and its program to the parliament, which is expected to hold its inaugural session next week.
The incoming government will face difficult tasks of reforming the country's economy and tackling high unemployment, which stood at 17.4 percent in October.
Croatia signed its European Union (EU) accession treaty last week and is set to become the bloc's 28th member on July 1, 2013. The country is to hold a EU entry referendum soon.
Milanovic said on Wednesday his government would do its best to attract more people to take part in the referendum and to say "yes" to the EU.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 15, 2013 12:54:02 GMT -5
Croatian president: Law on minority rights must be respected.
Tanjug Region | February 14, 2013 | 15:45
ZAGREB -- The Law on Minority Rights must be respected, Croatian President Ivo Josipović says commenting on protests against introduction of Cyrillic alphabet in Vukovar.
According to the latest census, Serbs make up more than one third of the total population in Vukovar.
“I have been very clear when it comes to Cyrillic script, even though some have been twisting my statements. The constitutional law on the rights of ethnic minorities needs to be respected,” the president told Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji list.
Commenting on Croatia’s relations with neighboring Slovenia, he said he believed Slovenia would ratify Croatia’s EU Accession Treaty.
“I think it is clear to us in Croatia and to our friends in Slovenia that postponement of our EU accession would be a defeat both for Croatia and Slovenia. The two countries’ relations are not a reflection of current influences or legal possibilities bearing in mind Croatia and Slovenia’s status in the EU. It is being built and maintained for decades and generations. It would be really irresponsible to ruin it. That is why I am certain that the governments of both countries will do everything to find a solution that will be acceptable to both states,” Josipović pointed out.
The Croatian president expressed concern over Croatia’s lowered credit rating but added that it was expected.
“The rating is a reminder of unimplemented reforms, lack of investments, lost jobs and high unemployment rate. It is a reminder of poverty that has found its way into many homes,” he stressed.
Commenting on cooperation with Russia and Russian investments in Croatia, Josipović said that a negative attitude of a part of the public and some politicians was a “great and dangerous prejudice”.
“All western countries have a successful and long cooperation with Russia, so all doubts, ideological or economic ones, have an interest background or they are simply just prejudice. A fair cooperation with all countries, especially economic giants such as Russia, is a great opportunity for Croatia,” he explained.
The Croatian president noted that it was up to the Croatian government and businesspeople to negotiate and achieve the most favorable agreements for Croatia.
“It is high time that the public, media and a part of the politics realize that there will be no way out of the crisis, new jobs, better and more quality life without investments,” he pointed out.
“Overall, attitude toward investments in Croatia is alarming. As soon as an investor shows up, domestic or foreign, a group of critics releases a horrible fact – investors want to make money! Well of course, why would they invest otherwise? It is important that they pay regular and decent wages to workers, pay taxes and respect the laws, especially environmental ones,” Josipović concluded.
25,000 protest against Cyrillic signs in 'Croatian Stalingrad'
RT.com April 08, 2013 12:44
Tens of thousands Croatians have demonstrated against the introduction of the Cyrillic alphabet on street signs in the town of Vukovar, the stage of 1991 siege that started the bloody 1991-95 war.
Serbs make up about 35 per cent of the town’s population. According to current Croatian legislation, ethnic minorities have the right to use their respective languages for official purposes such as the names of public institutions or streets in areas where they make up a third of the population.
However, crowds pushed for Vukovar to be excluded from the law requiring the use of Cyrillic.
"There's no way that we accept Cyrillic," the organizers' spokesman Dragutin Glasnovic told AFP. "Vukovar should be treated differently due to a special respect for its victims, on whom Croatia was founded."
Protesters from all across Croatia wore T-shirts with the inscription "For a Croatian Vukovar - No to Cyrillic", holding banners such as "Vukovar will never be Âóêîâàð [the name of the city in Cyrillic].” Many veterans of Croatia’s 1991-95 war paraded in their military uniforms.
The reason for the protesters’ demand is the conflict at the beginning of 1990s, when Vukovar was besieged by the Yugoslav National Army and Serb forces. The city fell after three months and was almost completely destroyed. Vukovar has sometimes been called the ‘Croatian Stalingrad’.
Serbs are the country’s largest minority, constituting 4 per cent of Croatia’s population of 4.2 million people.
Respect for minorities' rights was a key condition for Croatia to join the European Union. Its entry into the bloc is set for July 1, following the ratification by all 27 EU member states.
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