American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Croatia on Wednesday as part of her tour of North Africa and South-East Europe. Clinton was greeted at Zagreb international airport by Croatia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vesna Pusic, before meeting with President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, where Croatia’s role in NATO and its forthcoming accession to the European Union was discussed.
The American Secretary of State says that America has had excellent relations with Croatia for over 20 years.
“The USA is proud that it can work with Croatia. We are glad that Croatia will soon join the European Union,” said Clinton, adding that Croatia is the anchor in the region and that it has done a lot of work in the fight against corruption.
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic was pleased to hear of the USA’s interest in working with Croatia, especially on their economic plan.
“I am sure that amongst investors to Croatia there will be a large number from the USA. Hillary Clinton has shown a great interest in Croatia’s position in the region. As a member of the EU we will offer support to our neighbours,” said the President, adding that he was thankful for what America had done for Croatia up until now.
The visit will end with a dinner organised for Clinton by Pusic.
There have been further falls in the Croatian property market. The average price of apartments in Croatia has dropped 0.5 percent on monthly levels, 1.3 percent on yearly, and 3.9 percent compared to October 2010, according to data from Croatian Real Estate portal Crozilla.
The average price of apartments, since 2008, have fallen 16 percent. The northern Adriatic town of Pula (1406 euros per square meter) and the popular tourist destination of Dubrovnik (3048 euros) have experienced the greatest drop in average prices. Whilst on a yearly level, Zagreb (1714 euros) and Rijeka (1464 euros) have been the hardest hit.
In Rijeka, during the month of October, average prices per square meter had dropped 2.2 percent compared to the previous month as demand dries up. Statistics reveal that month on end prices have been slowly dropping in Croatia, with only the brave prepared to take out hosing loans.
A middle-aged man who was barefoot and naked from the waist up, has lost the plot and gone berserk in downtown Zagreb on Wednesday morning.
At around 11:30am the man, only dressed in jeans and wielding a belt tied around his wrist, has gone on a rampage outside the Zagreb District Court. The man began smashing the windows of parked cars which belonged to judges at the court.
Before going on the rampage the man reportedly took a dip in a nearby fountain.
View the outraged man in action here: http://www.jutarnji.hr/www.jutarnji.hr/1063484
Hardcore Hajduk Split football club supporter Ante Maricic-Bjane has purchased six match tickets for Hajduk’s cup tie against city rivals RNK Split tonight. Nothing unusual about that. Only thing is Ante lives in Australia and has no intention of going to today’s match.
Maricic-Bjane is one of many fans from around the world to back Hajduk Split supporters club “Bilo Srce’s”, initiative called “If your sad and you can’t come to Poljud (stadium)”.
The humanitarian action has seen tickets purchased from Australia, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and America. Fans from cities in Croatia have also been buying the match tickets.
Australian Maricic-Bjane has asked for his tickets to go to an old school professor he had when he was going to school in Split, instead of sending them to him signed by the team, which is what “Bilo Srce” do for the fans who purchase tickets and can not make the match.
Anyone interested in supporting the club from a far can visit Bilo Srce here: http://www.bilosrce.com/
A Croatian cheese from Kolan on the Adriatic island of Pag has taken out the highest award at the Global Cheese Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the world, held near Bristol in the UK.
Well-known experts from the dairy industry have selected Gligora “Paski sir” (Gligora Pag cheese) as the absolute winner at the awards.
“There was more 1200 cheeses from around 100 countries there. Out of the 1200 cheeses from around the world we won gold in three categories for our Pag cheese, silver for our Zigljen cheese and silver for new mixed cheese from goat and cow’s milk,” said Sime Gligora.
New York dance sensation Hercules and Love Affair have announced they will perform a concert in Croatia. They will perform on 15 December at the Tvornica Kulture venue in the capital Zagreb.
Hercules and Love Affair is a musical project from New York based DJ Andy Butler. Their hit single “Blind” featuring guest Antony Hegarty from Anthony & The Johnsons, had dance music chart success around the world. Their self-titled album has been critically well received and charted in the top 40 in several countries.
Here they are in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zW9R9sj894
The Croatian government will introduce a new property tax from 1 April 2013, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announced on Wednesday.
Milanovic said that the new tax would not increase the overall tax burden for citizens and will not put a strain on the middle class, who he says, are the backbone of the economy. Milanovic added that the first payment on the new tax would not be due until Autumn next year.
Croatia’s Finance Minister Slavko Linic, commenting on today’s announcement, said that it will take three months “to repair the damage inflicted upon us by all of those who are fighting against the new property tax,” saying that lies were being spread in the media about the make-up of the new tax by the wealthy.
If they could choose their ideal boss, 37 percent of Croats, Bosnians and Serbs would choose a foreigner, according to results from a survey conducted by job portal MojPosao.net.
Close to 30 percent of Croats say that the ideal firm to work for is one that is foreign and privately owned. A desire to work for the state is also in decline. Only 11 percent answered in favour of wanting to work for the state. The interest though was higher in Bosnia (33 percent) and Serbia (30 percent) for a government job.
Some 74 percent of those survey also did not expect to get a pay rise at all this year. Higher than the 67 percent who were not expecting one last year. 40 percent believe that a connection is the most important factor in getting a job in Croatia, with experience ranking a low 21 percent.
After a rescue mission that lasted almost the entire night, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) have rescued two Swedish climbers on Velebit mountain early Wednesday morning.
The man (28), and his female partner (26), were climbing the rocks on Anic Kuk when they got lost. The pair got injured in the ensuing panic and then called for help. With the young couple not knowing where they were and with poor conditions, it took the HGSS team all night to finally rescue them.
An abandoned airfield on the Croatian island of Vis, which was used as an Allied military airfield and an airfield for the Yugoslav partisan air force in 1944, is set to be turned into an airport.
Members from the Croatian Engineers and Technicians Association, Vis Aircraft Club “Cumulus”, the Mayor of Komiza on the island of Vis Tonko Ivcevic, and interested citizens have held a workshop on the theme “Revitalising Vis Airport,” writes Slobodna Dalmacija.
Roman Cvek, a member of “Cumulus”, says that opening the airport on the site of the World War II airfield would bring more tourists to the island, provide better connections and be a great promotion for the Dalmatian island to the world.
The group says that the project is also a candidate to get EU funding to help complete it.
“It is hard to say when there will be an airport on Vis, but now we are closer and I believe that it could happen within a year,” said Cvek.