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PM: Gov’t acting in Croatia’s economic, financial stability regarding Agrokor

By   5 days ago

  In the case of the Agrokor retailer, the Croatian government is acting in the interest of the country’s economic and financial stability and also wants the consolidation of the concern’s business, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday. Reporters asked him about his position on Russian banks’ signals that they would like to enter […]

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Croatia Airlines to launch four new international routes

By   1 week ago

  Croatia Airlines on Wednesday presented four new international routes, from Zagreb to Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo and Bucharest, which will expand the airline’s network of European destinations during the summer season. As of 19 May, Croatia Airlines will connect Zagreb and Stockholm and two days later it will introduce the first regular international flights to […]

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Croatian business people more optimistic than in 2016

By   2 weeks ago

  Croatian business people are more optimistic about 2017 than a year ago and believe the economic situation will improve this year, according to a survey by the KPMG consulting company, the findings of which were presented at the Croatian Employers Association (HUP) on Thursday. The survey was conducted in late 2016 in nine central […]

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HURS says Croatia fails to create conditions for long-term growth

By   4 weeks ago

  The Croatian Association of Workers’ Trade Unions (HURS) warned on Thursday that a report which the European Commission released on Wednesday showed that Croatia had failed to create conditions for a long-term economic growth, adding that the situation in the Podravka food company suggested the continuation of the trend of shutting down jobs in […]

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Economy minister says government’s goal is permanent 5% economic growth

By   1 month ago

  The government’s goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Speaking of the government’s measures aimed at improving the business climate, she mentioned the tax reform, the new public […]

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Slovenian media: Maric and Pocivalsek reach agreement on Cimos debt

By   2 months ago

Slovenia’s Economy and Technology Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek and Croatia’s State Property Management Minister Goran Maric reached an agreement on Monday on a solution to the problem of the Koper-based Cimos company’s debt to the defunct Rijecka Banka, Slovenian media reported. Slovenia’s STA news agency and Slovenian Television said that the debt to Rijecka Banka that […]

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Economic sentiment in Croatia, EU stable in January

By   2 months ago

The economic sentiment in Croatia in January 2017 stayed close to its highest level since the country joined the EU in mid-2013, on the back of improved expectations in the industrial sector that have offset subdued sentiments in other sectors of the economy, shows a report released by the European Commission on Monday. The Economic […]

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Croatia’s energy minister to travel to Brussels on Friday for talks on INA

By   2 months ago

Croatia’s Energy and Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic, who is travelling to Brussels on Friday for talks with the European Commission concerning Croatian legislation on the privatisation of INA, said on Monday that he hoped that the Commission would show understanding and offer dialogue. In December, the EC requested Croatia to amend the 2002 law […]

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New media strategy draft possible in few months, culture minister says

By   2 months ago

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek (photo) said on Wednesday the ministry would work on a media strategy this year, adding that Hina’s financial situation had stabilised and that it was an important media outlet which could open up to new services. Speaking on Croatian Radio, the minister said the draft of a new media strategy […]

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Auguste Rodin’s masterpieces in Zagreb

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, May 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic The masterpieces of the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin, which were presented on Tuesday night at the opening of the exhibition “Rodin in Mestrovic’s Zagreb”, are the most representative beginning of a large five-month cultural event in Croatia-the Festival “Rendez-vous”. This is an exhibition […]

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First Croatian product with its name protected in EU

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, April 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Croatia has received its first protected product-‘Krk prosciutto’ which name is registered and protected in the common EU market, announced on Tuesday the Ministry of Agriculture. The process of protecting the name of this product began in April 2010 when a butcher shop from […]

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President holds pre-election promise and removes Tito from office

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic State president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic held a promise and evicted Josip Broz Tito from Pantovčak according to the statement from her office, “the transfer of works of art and other artifacts, legacy of Josip and Jovanka Broz from the former Villa Zagorje” were carried […]

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Many treats for movie buffs at this year’s Motovun Film Festival

By   3 years ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb This year’s Motovun Film Festival (MFF), which is to be held July 26 to 30, will set a record in the number of visitors and films shown. Along the regular film program, one can expect many new events, Festival Director Igor Mirkovic announced at today’s press conference in Pula. […]

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Opatija celebrates 170 years of tourism by recalling the resort’s glorious season

By   3 years ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The three-day event ‘Golden Opatija’, is the central celebration of the 170th anniversary of tourism in this city, but also in Croatia, opened on Saturday night in Opatija with the musical – theatrical spectacle ‘Emperor City’. Through a variety of programs across the entire city of Opatija, the number […]

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Opatija celebrates 170 years of tourism

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos According to an announcement by Opatija’s tourism board, the northern Croatian Adriatic resort town will be celebrating its 170 years of tourism throughout 2014. The peak of the celebrations will take place on July 19-21 and will feature musical and theatrical performances, which will portrait the history of the hospitality and […]

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Zagreb hosts international wine festival

By   3 years ago

  Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos – The second edition of the international wine festival Label Grand Karakterre will take place in Croatian capital Zagreb on 1 December. It is expected that wine producers from seven European countries will participate. All together there will be sixty wineries represented. On November 30th, the festival will take […]

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Croatia’s energy minister to travel to Brussels on Friday for talks on INA

By   2 months ago

Croatia’s Energy and Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic, who is travelling to Brussels on Friday for talks with the European Commission concerning Croatian legislation on the privatisation of INA, said on Monday that he hoped that the Commission would show understanding and offer dialogue. In December, the EC requested Croatia to amend the 2002 law […]

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ISIL Destroys INA’s Gas Facility in Syria

By   2 months ago

INA conducted research in Syria which led to discovery of substantial reserves of oil and gas Islamic State has published a video showing the destruction of INA’s Hayan gas facility, located some 100 kilometres east of Homs. In its statement, ISIL claims that they have destroyed the facility in order to cause economic paralysis of […]

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War veterans’ leaders say veterans should be given 7% of HEP shares

By   3 months ago

Commenting on the possible sale of 25% of HEP power company shares, the leader of the Association of Special Police from the 1991-95 Homeland War, Josip Klemm (photo), said on Wednesday that war veterans should participate in the transaction in such a way to allow the transfer of 7% of HEP shares to the War […]

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Construction of Croatia’s LNG Terminal to Start in 2017?

By   3 months ago

After many years of waiting, it seems that the LNG terminal of the island of Krk could soon become reality. If it builds a floating LNG terminal on the island of Krk, Croatia will get a chance to become the energy leader in the region”, said US Ambassador to Croatia Julieta Valls Noyes a few […]

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SDP MP: Gov’t should analyse economic viability of possible INA buyout

By   3 months ago

Branko Grcic, a member of Parliament from the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), said on Thursday that if Hungary’s energy company MOL decided to sell its stake in Croatia’s INA, the government should carry out a serious analysis and offer possible solutions for a buyout on condition that such an enterprise proved to be […]

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EC urges Slovenia and Croatia to implement joint energy projects

By   4 months ago

The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovenia and Croatia implement joint energy projects because their concerted action will facilitate access to European funds, it was said at a conference, The European Investment Plan: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector, held on Monday and organised by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB). European […]

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Presidents advocate enhancement of Azerbaijan-Croatia ties

By   5 months ago

Croatia and Azerbaijan are friendly countries and strategic partners that have developed good relations free of outstanding issues, and there is much room for enhancing bilateral cooperation in many areas, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Croatian counterpart, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, said in Baku after their talks on Monday. “We are strategic partners and friends. […]

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MOL supports INA’s efforts to ensure flexibility of domestic oil processing

By   5 months ago

Zagreb, October 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency MOL supports INA’s management in its efforts to ensure the flexibility of domestic oil processing and is strengthening the security of supply in Croatia, the Hungarian company said in a statement on Tuesday in connection with the transport of 600 tonnes of crude oil from Croatian oilfields to […]

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PM: We must not fall into the trap of multi-speed Europe

By   3 days ago

  Croatia should be very careful about the idea of a multi-speed Europe and must not fall into this trap, but needs to keep it open so that the EU would not become an exclusive directory of the five most influential members which will then make decisions for everyone about everything, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic […]

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HGK: Foreign debt reduced by EUR 3.3 billion y-o-y

By   3 weeks ago

  According to data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB), Croatia’s gross foreign debt at the end of November 2016 amounted to 43.8 billion euro, which is 3.3 billion or 6.9% less than in November 2015, while the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) estimated that the debt-to-GDP ratio at the end of 2016 could fall […]

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Economy minister says government’s goal is permanent 5% economic growth

By   1 month ago

  The government’s goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Speaking of the government’s measures aimed at improving the business climate, she mentioned the tax reform, the new public […]

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Croatia’s gross foreign debt cut by 9.4% to 42.4 bln euro

By   3 months ago

The latest Croatian National Bank (HNB) data show that the gross foreign debt at the end of September 2016 amounted to 42.4 billion euro which was 4.4 billion euro less or a drop of 9.4% on the year, with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) expecting that trend to continue. Compared to August 2016, Croatia’s […]

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Government stepping up preparations for tax reform

By   5 months ago

In order to speed up the process of legislative amendments for the implementation of the planned tax reform as of the beginning of 2017, the Croatian government decided on Thursday to exclude seven draft bills from an assessment of the legislative impact. Those are the draft bills on income tax and real estate sales tax […]

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MOST Still Unsure Whether to Support Tax Reform

By   5 months ago

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Administration Ivan Kovačić (MOST) said on Wednesday that MOST would present its views on the proposed tax reform after consultations with experts, reports Večernji List on November 2, 2016. “MOST will make its position know”, said Kovačić this morning before the start of the meeting of deputy prime ministers […]

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Prime Minister Plenković Insists Tax Reform Will Not Be Delayed

By   5 months ago

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković visited on Monday, together with other high-ranking government official, the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb on the occasion of All Saints’ Day which is on Tuesday. After the visit, he spoke to reporters and commented on the proposed tax reform and other issues. He said that tax reform had no alternative, […]

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FinMin: Tax reform to be prepared in parallel with work on 2017 budget

By   5 months ago

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday that the planned tax reform should be discussed by the government and that its implementation would be prepared in parallel with work on a draft budget for next year. Asked by reporters if the tax reform had been finalised, […]

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PM: We must not fall into the trap of multi-speed Europe

By   3 days ago

  Croatia should be very careful about the idea of a multi-speed Europe and must not fall into this trap, but needs to keep it open so that the EU would not become an exclusive directory of the five most influential members which will then make decisions for everyone about everything, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic […]

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Croatia’s president meets with Croats in Sweden

By   4 days ago

  Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic began a five-day official visit to Sweden on Monday by meeting with representatives of the Croatian community in Stockholm. According to Croatian sources, between 35,000 and 40,000 Croats emigrated to Sweden in three waves in the last century, as economic migrants in the 1960s, as political migrants in the 1970s […]

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PM: Gov’t acting in Croatia’s economic, financial stability regarding Agrokor

By   5 days ago

  In the case of the Agrokor retailer, the Croatian government is acting in the interest of the country’s economic and financial stability and also wants the consolidation of the concern’s business, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday. Reporters asked him about his position on Russian banks’ signals that they would like to enter […]

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Agreement on European partnership between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina drafted

By   1 week ago

  The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday drafted an agreement with the Croatian government on European partnership which should ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina more readily meets European Union membership criteria. The signing of an agreement of this type has been announced for a joint meeting of the governments of both […]

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Karamarko announces plan to establish public policy institute

By   2 weeks ago

  Tomislav Karamarko, former leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party and former First Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Tihomir Oreskovic, said on Thursday he was entertaining the idea of establishing a think tank that would devise a plan for the development of Croatia over the next 25 years. “I have started […]

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Croatia won’t participate in ‘shameful’ arbitration with Slovenia

By   3 weeks ago

  Croatia will not participate in arbitration proceedings behind which are shameful acts by some members, Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Friday, commenting on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement that the Commission supported the Croatian-Slovenian border arbitration process. The Croatian parliament unanimously decided in July 2015 that Croatia would withdraw from the process […]

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Stier says no border arbitration with Slovenia, EC can’t interfere

By   3 weeks ago

  Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Thursday dismissed as unacceptable European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s position that it was necessary to accept the arbitration procedure in the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute, adding that this, under a Croatian parliament decision, was now strictly a matter of bilateral agreement. Juncker told Slovenia’s STA news agency yesterday […]

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Stronger Border Control: Maltese Presidency secures Council position on establishing EU Entry-Exit System

By   3 weeks ago

  On 2 March 2017, EU Ambassadors endorsed a Council position needed to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a proposal for an Entry-Exit System which will strengthen border control and security in the EU. The agreement by Member States comes after the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU worked hard over […]

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Protest against Todoric, tycoons held in Zagreb

By   17 hours ago

  A peaceful protest called “Against Todoric: Against the Favouring of Tycoons” was held in downtown Zagreb on Thursday, with about 70 people expressing their disagreement with a policy which they said “protects tycoons and tramples on the little man” and saying they did not want to live in a poor country with 200 rich […]

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Social workers join forces

By   3 days ago

  Associations of social workers from BiH, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Croatia signed on Tuesday in Sarajevo the Memorandum on Regional Cooperation. The aim of this Memorandum is improvement of social protection services in the region. The conference in Sarajevo was organized on the […]

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Croatia’s president meets with Croats in Sweden

By   4 days ago

  Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic began a five-day official visit to Sweden on Monday by meeting with representatives of the Croatian community in Stockholm. According to Croatian sources, between 35,000 and 40,000 Croats emigrated to Sweden in three waves in the last century, as economic migrants in the 1960s, as political migrants in the 1970s […]

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First test landing at new Zagreb airport carried out

By   2 weeks ago

  The first test landing at Zagreb’s new Franjo Tudjman Airport was successfully carried out on Tuesday with passengers from Vienna disembarking and picking up their luggage, and the official opening of the airport is set for March 21 and it is to be open to traffic on March 28, Zagreb International Airport (MZLZ) company […]

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Master plan for east Croatia’s transport revitalisation to be drawn up

By   2 weeks ago

  An agreement was signed on Tuesday on drawing up a 6.8-million-kuna transport master plan for the functional region of East Croatia aimed at improving the connectivity of Slavonia with the rest of the country. The financial means will be ensured from the European Union’s funds, according to information provided at the document-signing ceremony in […]

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Karamarko announces plan to establish public policy institute

By   2 weeks ago

  Tomislav Karamarko, former leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party and former First Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Tihomir Oreskovic, said on Thursday he was entertaining the idea of establishing a think tank that would devise a plan for the development of Croatia over the next 25 years. “I have started […]

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Stronger Border Control: Maltese Presidency secures Council position on establishing EU Entry-Exit System

By   3 weeks ago

  On 2 March 2017, EU Ambassadors endorsed a Council position needed to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a proposal for an Entry-Exit System which will strengthen border control and security in the EU. The agreement by Member States comes after the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU worked hard over […]

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Indictment upheld against former Defence Ministry official in aircraft overhaul case

By   3 weeks ago

  The Zagreb County Court on Wednesday upheld an indictment against Josip Covic, former chief of the Defence Ministry Department for Aircraft Repairs and Maintenance, for soliciting a bribe of EUR 50,000 from Ivica Josipovic, representative of a Ukrainian company that had overhauled Croatian MiG fighter jets. The indictment alleges that before the decision on […]

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PM, Banja Luka bishop talk status of Croats in Bosnian Serb entity

By   4 months ago

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday received the Bishop of Banja Luka, Msgr Franjo Komarica, and discussed the difficult position of Croats over the past two decades in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, notably problems they are faced with in trying to return to their prewar homes, Plenkovic’s public relations office said in […]

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Modrić awarded Best Midfielder in La Liga and of the 30 Best in Europe

By   5 months ago

As if Modrić has not been in the news enough over the last few weeks, we see him making waves once again. On Monday night, the best players of the previous La Liga season were chosen. A few minutes before the start of the ceremony, the official website of the Spanish Championship revealed that the […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Serbia Wins Water Polo Gold

By   7 months ago

Rio, August 21, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency After winning the European and world championships, Serbia’s men’s water polo team finally etched itself into Olympic history, winning the country’s first gold medal on Saturday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Serbia defeated the defending Olympic champion Croatia team 11-7 to cap a stunning two weeks […]

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Euro 2016: Three defeats and a victory for the Balkan teams

By   10 months ago

Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris France – Romania 2-1 Romania failed to overcome the obstacle of the hostess and lost to France in the Euro premiere 2-1. Dimitri Payet was the protagonist of the Euro 2016 premiere, who with an incredible goal in the 89 ‘gave the victory 2-1 to […]

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Croatian Football Federation declares ignorance of the swastika symbol before the match

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, June 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos After UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against Croatia over the large swastika appeared to have been bleached into the turf before their qualifier against Italy, the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), through its website, informed the public on the developments ahead, as well as the facts […]

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Croatian Football Federation condemns swastika incident

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, June 15, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Croatian Football Federation (HNS) president Davor Suker, on Saturday, condemned the incident involving the appearance of a swastika symbol on the turf of the Split stadium during a European qualifier between Croatia and Italy that had taken place Friday evening. In an extraordinary news conference, […]

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Blazers on 19th position in FIFA ranking

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, December 19, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Croatian national football team is ending this year on the 19th position according to FIFA’s 2014 ranking, so with 946 points the ‘Blazers’ maintained their last month’s position. On FIFA’s December list there were no changes among the 23 world’s best team, with the […]

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