Just three months into their 30-year deal to manage Croatia’s largest airport, Zagreb International Airport’s new French concessionaires have already increased the cost of services for travellers…
Air traffic service fees have increased by more than 100% earlier this month, going from 3 EUR to 6.50 EUR, whilst passengers on international flights at the end of this month will start paying 15 EUR for fees, instead of 10 EUR which is currently in place. Fees for domestic flights will go up from 4 EUR to 7 EUR, reports daily Vecernji list.
All three fees passengers pay directly to the airport upon purchase of the air ticket, making it more expensive now to fly to Zagreb. With new airport taxes in place, prices will be around 8 EUR more expensive for international flights, and around 6 EUR for domestic flights.
Just over 30% of companies in Croatia are owned by women, according to a study published by Eurostat to coincide with International Women’s Day on Saturday …
In Central Europe there are 822,644 companies owned by women, or 29.5% of the total companies. Female business owners in Croatia is above the Central Europe percentage, with 31.3% of companies in female ownership in the country. 28.2% of executive management positions in Croatia are also held by women.Croatia however is still under the European average when it came to the number of women in the workforce. 46.2% of women in Croatia work, compared to the EU average of 58.5%.
Croatia are also below the European average for the number of highly educated men and women in the country, but are above average for the having the least number of ‘leavers’ from those aged between 18-24 who choose to do some form of higher education.
The Croatian government yesterday has confirmed that it will renew an agreement and co-finance a Croatian Studies Centre in Australia…
The 10-year agreement to co-finance the Centre for Croatian Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney has expired in December, and on Thursday it was agreed that Croatia would finance the project to the tune of 150,000 AUD per year for the next five years. The deal was signed by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, the State Office for Croats Outside Croatia, the Croatian Science Foundation (Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia) and Macquarie University (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia).
Prime Minister Zoran Milanović begins his 12-day tour of Australia and New Zealand next week, where he will also sign the new Working Holiday agreement with New Zealand, which will allow up to 100 young Croatians between 18 and 30 annually to work and study in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
The Human Resources department at the Zagreb branch of Swedish furniture retail giants IKEA will have their hands full in the coming weeks as they sift through thousands of CV’s…
IKEA have reportedly received more than 18,000 CV’s for 250 job vacancies for their new Zagreb store which is set to open its doors later this Spring. Besides CV’s from Croatia, among the 18,000 were resumes from Germany, Austria and other nations in the region.
“In the first round of vacancies we received 8,500 CV’s, and in the second we got 9,500, everyone has an equal chance and we will have a few selection rounds,” said Igor Štefanac from IKEA Croatia.
Last month more than 15,000 people applied for jobs at Croatia’s largest privately owned company Agrokor. Currently there are over 350,000 jobless in the nation of just over 4 million.
One of Columbia’s wealthiest men, Frank Kanayet Yepes, has bought a share in the producers of the world’s first electric super car, Croatian company Rimac Automobili, reports Poslovni dnevnik…
Yepes, who made his fortune in the energy industry, is a passionate car enthusiast and is known to drive Ferrari’s and Maserati’s in his home town of Bogota. Rimac automobili confirmed the share purchase but have yet to release a statement. Rimac automobili produced the world’s first electric super car, the Concept One. The battery-powered vehicle boasts more than 1,000 Hp and reaches a top speed of 190 Mph and has already won a host of innovative awards.
The average asking price for property in February in Croatia fell by 0.1% from January 2014, whilst on an annual level average asking prices had dropped by 3.6%, according to data from Centar Nekretnina…
In February in the capital Zagreb average asking prices fell 0.6% from the month previous, and by 5% since February last year. The average asking price for an apartment in Zagreb in February was 1,557 euro/m2, with all suburbs in the capital taking a hit in February. The most expensive apartments are still in the suburb of Medveščak, where the average asking price is 2,123 euro/m2, followed by the centre of town (2,033 euro/m2). The cheapest places in Zagreb were in Sesvete (1,130 euro/m2) and Novi Zagreb (1,309 euro/m2).
Whilst prices dropped in the capital, they actually grew on Croatia’s Adriatic coast. The average asking price for property on the coast in February grew by 0.4% from January 2014. The average asking price for a house on the coast in February was 1,561 euro/m2. The average asking price for apartments on the coast had not moved much, staying at 2,033 euro/m2, a rise of 1.6% from February 2013. Zadar county still remains on average the cheapest place to purchase an apartment on the coast, with average asking prices now 1,612 euro/m2.
First is was beer and travarice, then milk and yoghurt, now one of Croatia’s most famous football club’s has its own branded soft drink…
Hajduk Split have entered into a partnership with beverage producers Dalmacijavino, the company behind one of Dalmatia’s famous soft drinks – Pipi. The iconic drink, which has been a hit on the Dalmatian coast since the 1980′s, will now carry the Hajduk Split emblem, with the club also benefiting from sales of the drink.
The Hajduk Split emblem will grace the Pipi lemonade bottle, with 25% of all sales going back to the club. Dalmacijavino sells around 3 million bottles of Pipi a year.
“Hajduk Split and Dalmacijavino have strong images in the public, so we are confident that the partnership will benefit both sides. We are sure we can sell at least one million bottles a year,” said Dalmacijavino.
In 2013 503 million litres of milk were produced in Croatia, a drop of close to 100 million litres from 2012, when 602 million litres were produced, according to data from the Croatian Holstein Cattle Breeders Association…
The number of milk producers in the country continues to decline, with an estimated 10,000 now producing milk in Croatia, said the association, adding that farms are ‘closing’ by the day. The association says it has for a number of years now warned, urged, and begged the government to solve the credit policy in agriculture, including the loan and interest repayment rates.
“We have to be equal with the rest (farmers) in the European Union,” said Association President Branko Kolak, who says without support with land the problem will only get worse.
“This has stretched on for 15 years now. Not one farm in Europe or in the world can survive without land. There have been no capital grants in the past two years, they announced that there will be this year, so we’ll see what happens,” said Kolak.
In 2008 there were over 50,000 milk suppliers in Croatia, this has now dropped to 10,000 with 2013 the first year a drop of millions of litres in milk production has occurred.
Britain’s Financial Times have named the northern Croatian town of Ivanec in its annual Cities and Regions of The Future 2014/2015 list…
Ivanec was ranked in 8th place on the list of the Top 10 Micro European Cities (up to 100,000 population) for strategy and attracting potential foreign investment.
“Having Ivanec ranked among the top ten cities, in competition with 180 cities from across Europe, who have done the most to introduce strategies for attracting and encouraging direct foreign investment, is recognition for everyone in the City of Ivanec who have in recent years through various projects worked on creating the conditions for attracting investment. This is international recognition of the development plan we have set ourselves,” said Mayor Milorad Batinić, adding that they have done a lot of work on the town’s business and industrial zones in recent times, especially in the administration department, which has seen them receive a BFC (Business Friendly Certificate). Ivanec has a population of around 15,000 people.
The Overall Top 10
1. London UK
2. Helsinki Finland
3. Eindhoven Netherlands
6. Munich Germany
7. Barcelona Spain
8. Berlin Germany
9. Amsterdam Netherlands
10. Reading UK
Croatian yacht designers AITAC have been shortlisted in the 2014 International Yacht & Aviation Awards…
The Rijeka-based company is up for an award in the ‘Yacht Concept Design over 30 metres‘ category with their ‘CM42′ design.
“The CM42 is an aggressive looking, 45.2 metre long super yacht characterised by powerful and decisive lines on first sight. Second glance reveals real CM42 character: sharp, sophisticated and impressive. A wide four-deck area allows convenient and luxurious interior design. Lower deck accommodates 4 full size guest suites (up to 8 guests) and separated accommodation for 5 member’s crew plus a permanent beach club for sunbathing and boarding the yachts tender and jet skis. Except the large owner area the main deck is composed of a dining zone and a large saloon that opens to a wide aft side with a comfortable lounge area,” writes the Design Society.
The awards are run by leading English design magazine design-et-al.