Basic everyday household items bread and milk are about to become more expensive in Croatia. Bread, milk, books, medication, orthopedic aids and cinema tickets previously had a 0% VAT rate, but from 1 January 2013, the VAT on those products has moved from 0% to 5%.
There was some good news however, the VAT rate for goods and services such as coffee, non-alcoholic drinks, beer and wine in restaurants and cafes, has been reduced to 10% from 25%. Time will tell if restauranteurs pass on those savings to their customers.
The first day of 2013 also signalled the start of the end of the grey economy in Croatia as a new fiscalization law came into effect. The new law was proposed in order to avoid tax evasion for subjects who charge cash for their receipts, such as retail locations, restaurants, and bars. Cash registers, linking up to the tax department, now are mandatory for traders.
The agent for Croatian footballer Anas Sharbini says that his client is on the verge of signing with English premier league side Tottenham Hotspurs.
The former Hajduk Split and Rijeka midfielder is currently playing for Ittihad in the Saudi Professional League, and his agent Need Koznic says that the London club are on the verge of agreeing a deal for his services.
“Al Ittihad and Tottenham are talking, I can only say that the English really want Anas, only the clubs just have to agree,” said Koznic to Saudi newspaper Al-Awsat.
Sharbini (25) has represented Croatia at various age group levels and has even won a call up to Croatia’s national side as cover for injuries during the Euro 2008 campaign.
Croatia will feature as a destination in the upcoming 2013 season of American show Grannies on Safari.
The Chicago-based television series broadcast on PBS television features two 60-something lifelong friends, Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson, as they roam around the world discovering new culture, art and food.
The two ‘Grannies’ filmed in Croatia and were blown away by its beauty. The Croatia part of their journey will air in spring on US television and will see the pair exploring the sights, culture, music and food of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Adriatic coast.
Read what the ‘Grannies’ wrote about their time in Croatia here.
Thousands packed city squares in Croatia last night as the nation welcomed in 2013. There were no reports of any trouble as crowds partied in festive spirit around the country. Spectacular firework displays were seen in the main centres of Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Rijeka, Varazdin, Zadar and Dubrovnik at the stroke of midnight as Croats saw out the old year.
Croatia’s Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has wished all citizens of Croatia a Happy New Year in a different way than most of his predecessors. The Croatian government has posted a video on YouTube of Milanovic being filmed with a mobile phone giving his New Year message.
“Thanks for your patience in 2012. 2013 will be a bit better, but not much better. We have a lot of work to do and be united, fight together, and also everyone for themselves,” said Milanovic.