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Germans and Dutch show growing interest in travelling to Croatia

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The German and Dutch markets have shown growing interest in bookings for holidays in Croatia, according to information from the CTM tourist fair in Stuttgart, which lasts from 14 to 22 January, and from the Vakantiebeur, a major tourism and leisure fair, held in Utrecht on 11-15 January. The head of the Croatian Tourism Board’s […]

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European Commission to Allow Croatia Use of Terrano Name

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The European Commission (EC) has confirmed the completion of an act which will allow Croatian winemakers in Istria to sell wine under the name Terrano, provoking dissatisfaction in Slovenia which has protected the name with a mark of geographic origin The EC, after a meeting with the Slovenian Agriculture Minister Dejan Židan with the Agriculture […]

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Slovenia Threatens to Sabotage Croatian Tourism

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Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec directly threatened Croatian tourist industry in the event that Croatia refuses to implement the decision of the arbitration tribunal which will later this year issue a verdict of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia has left the proceedings and announced it will not accept the verdict, reports Novi […]

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ISIL Destroys INA’s Gas Facility in Syria

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By   2 weeks 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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Croatia’s economy short of more than 1,800 robots

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By   3 weeks ago

Croatia’s economy, with its size, requires approximately 2,000 robots while it is estimated that the country currently has 175 robots, and Croatia is short of more than 1,800 robots, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) said, underscoring that robotisation can be considered as one of the main engines for increasing productivity. The HGK, in cooperation […]

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

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By   3 weeks 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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Croatia expects new records in tourism in 2017

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By   4 weeks ago

Over 91 million overnight stays will have been registered in Croatia by the end of this year, which is 10 million more than in 2015, and positive trends coupled with planned investments in the tourism sector are likely to raise the figures to 93 million in 2017. “After an extremely successful 2016 tourism-wise, we expect […]

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EU funds ministry and HBOR ink contract on financial instrument for SMEs

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Croatia’s Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) on Wednesday signed an agreement on financing the implementation of the 110 million euro financial instrument “ESIF Loans for Growth and Development”. When funds to be provided by commercial banks are added to funds available to entrepreneurs, the […]

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Auguste Rodin’s masterpieces in Zagreb

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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

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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

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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

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By   2 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

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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

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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

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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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Remains of 4th century amphitheatre found in Split

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  Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos – An amphitheatre from the 4th century has been discovered in the Adriatic port of Split. Archaeological researches have this week shown the amphitheatre was under one of busiest roads in centre of the 1,700 years old Croatian city. Local archaeologists have commented this was one of the most […]

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ISIL Destroys INA’s Gas Facility in Syria

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By   2 weeks 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

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By   3 weeks 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?

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By   1 month 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

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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

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By   2 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

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By   3 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

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By   3 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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Bulgaria, Croatia, share views on migration, energy issues

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By   9 months ago

Sofia, May 3, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria and Croatia share similar views on how the European Union should deal with the migration crisis, as well as on energy issues and on EU enlargement, it emerged on May 3 after talks in Zagreb between Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel […]

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

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By   3 weeks 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

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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

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By   3 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

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By   3 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

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By   3 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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Experts Divided about Sustainability of Second Pillar of Pension System

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By   3 months ago

A conference on “Croatian Pension System and Sustainability of Its Second Pillar” was held on Friday. Experts who took part in the conference were divided over whether the second pillar, which consists of individual savings accounts, was unsustainable and ultimately less favourable for retirees or whether it was a good solution given the unfavourable demographic […]

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FinMin: Tax reforms core of fiscal policies

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Zagreb, October 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Economic growth and consequently increased employment, the continuation of fiscal consolidation and activation of ‘dormant’ capital will be the pillars of fiscal policies in the coming period with special emphasis on an overall tax reform, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Friday, but he stopped short of specifying […]

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Report highlights mixed data on over-qualification in Balkan graduate labour market

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London, August 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Thanasis Gavos The pan-European problem of skills mismatch in the graduates’ labour market has been highlighted in a policy report by the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The report points to the fact that in recent decades the increase in the number of […]

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UN Special Adviser: A strong message of hope a united federal Cyprus can emerge

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Following the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus stated that the talks conveyed “a strong message of hope that this long-standing dispute can now finally be laid to rest and a united federal Cyprus can emerge and can be embraced in a security arrangement […]

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Slovenia Threatens to Sabotage Croatian Tourism

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Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec directly threatened Croatian tourist industry in the event that Croatia refuses to implement the decision of the arbitration tribunal which will later this year issue a verdict of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia has left the proceedings and announced it will not accept the verdict, reports Novi […]

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“If there’s no Ustashism in Croatia – then what’s happening”

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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarevic has launched another “crude attack” against Serbia, says Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. Reacting to a TV interview Grabar-Kitarevic gave on Wednesday, Dacic said her claim that there was no Ustashism and fascism in Croatia was “an obvious lie.” During the Second World War, the Ustasha regime was in power in […]

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PM receives head of Islamic community in Croatia

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Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday received the head of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Mufti Aziz Hasanovic, and expressed his satisfaction with Croatia’s relations with the Islamic community, adding that the model of arranging these relations could serve as an example to other European countries. “Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed satisfaction with standards achieved […]

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Stier reprimands Vucic’s envoy over claims about poor status of Croatian Serbs

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Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Thursday warned a Serbian envoy for claiming that the status of Croatian Serbs was poor, noting that he used the same theories as Slobodan Milosevic, the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said in a statement. In his address at a Christmas reception organised by the […]

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PM wants for Slovenia to have well-arranged relations with neighbours in 2017

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Prime Minister Miro Cerar has said that his wish for Slovenia in 2017 is to have well-arranged relations with its neighbours and that he hopes that Croatia will respect a verdict which an international arbitral tribunal is expected to deliver regarding the Slovenia-Croatia border disagreement. “Concerning bilateral relations, I would primarily like to see good […]

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Slovenia Preparing for Arbitration Ruling on Border with Croatia

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Despite Croatia’s decision to withdraw from arbitration proceedings, Slovenia prepares for the verdict Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said on Tuesday that Slovenia was committed to good bilateral relations with neighbouring countries, and stressed that Slovenia and Croatia should avoid any statements which would harm their relations in anticipation of the […]

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Government to Provide Aid to Croats Indicted in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Croatia has found experienced attorneys for all the accused, says Justice Minister Šprlje The Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently filed charges against nine members of HVO (Croatian forces during the 1990s war in Bosnia and Herzegovina) for war crimes committed in the area of Orašje between April 1992 and July 1993. All the […]

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Croatia Tries Soldier Accused of War Crimes during Operation Storm

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“Not guilty”, pleaded Rajko Kričković, a 60-year-old retired war veteran from Zagreb, whose trial for war crimes started at the Rijeka County Court. He is charged with killing three civilians in the region of Lika after Operation Storm in 1995, reports Novi List on January 12, 2017. The indictment of the County State Attorney’s Office […]

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PM receives head of Islamic community in Croatia

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By   2 weeks ago

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday received the head of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Mufti Aziz Hasanovic, and expressed his satisfaction with Croatia’s relations with the Islamic community, adding that the model of arranging these relations could serve as an example to other European countries. “Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed satisfaction with standards achieved […]

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Croatia’s Q3 survey unemployment rate down to 10.9 pct

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The survey unemployment rate in Croatia fell to 10.9% in the third quarter of 2016 from 15.4% in the corresponding period of 2015, show the results of a labour force survey carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS). The survey unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2016 was 1.9 percentage points lower […]

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

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By   3 weeks 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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Asylum Seekers Protest in Zagreb

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Refugees and migrants claim they are victims of attacks on the streets of Zagreb About 40 people protested in front of the “Porin” Centre for Asylum Seekers in Zagreb on Monday. They protested against Croatian police which, according to their claims, has not responded to their reports of violence against them over the weekend, reports […]

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BiH Security Minister rejects Croatian President’s claims about Potential Terrorists

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The European Union is faced with the possibility of a return of between 2,000 to 2,500 radicalized people who have fought with the terrorists on the battlefields in Syria and Iraq, and this includes all 28 EU member states. Therefore, it is not true that there are thousands of them returning just to Bosnia and […]

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Croatian PM pledges balanced regional development

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Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who on Monday convened a meeting with the heads of 20 Croatian counties, the City of Zagreb, and representatives of the associations of Croatian cities and municipalities, said that meetings of this kind would be held on a regular basis every July in the next four years with the aim of […]

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Interior Minister Criticized After Large Group of Migrants Illegally Enter Croatia

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Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepić said on Sunday that the discovery and rescuing of 67 illegal immigrants in a van near Novska was a result of professional work of the police and its efforts to control illegal migration, report Večernji List and RTL on December 19, 2016. “Sixty-seven human lives were in danger, they were […]

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

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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

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By   3 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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