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Thursday, 29 September 2022

Croatian Position on 2022 Digital Competitiveness Ranking Improved

September the 29th, 2022 - The Croatian position on this year's digital competitiveness ranking has improved somewhat, but it is still lagging quite significantly behind many countries. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the main finding of the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2022 published by the World Competitiveness Centre (WCC) places Denmark in first place, the USA in second place, and the Republic o Croatia in 43rd place out of 63 observed countries. "Governments and the private sector must invest in all areas – in talent, training and education, scientific concentration and research and development – ​​to protect their digital infrastructure from…
Friday, 23 September 2022

Croatian 2021 Census: Less Inhabitants, Less Men, Less Catholics

September the 23rd, 2022 - The final Croatian 2021 Census results have finally been published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), which shows that there are less inhabitants, less men, and less people who identify as Catholic. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Central Bureau of Statistics has now published the final results of the Croatian 2021 Census on the total population by gender and age, as well as by ethnicity, religion, citizenship and mother tongue. According to the Croatian 2021 Census, the Republic of Croatia currently has 3,871,833 inhabitants, of which 1,865,129 are men (48.17%) and 2,006,704 are women…
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

30,000+ Illegal Buildings in Istria, Labin Mayor Announces Measures

September the 21st, 2022 - There are a shocking 30,000+ illegally constructed buildings in Istria, and Labin Mayor Valter Glavicic has announced measures to combat such ''wild'' construction practices. As Morski writes, the topic of the illegal felling of as many as six hectares of forest which stretches across the protected Labin-Rabac-Prtlog area by a private company called Mari Top from Zagreb has opened pandora's box when it comes to illegality in Istria. The subject was broached by not only the Labin Mayor, but also by the director of the Natura Histrica Public Institution, Silvia Buttignoni. This led to discussions…
Wednesday, 21 September 2022

5000 New People Employed in Croatian Public Sector in Just Two Years

September the 21st, 2022 - The over-inflated Croatian public sector has become richer for a massive 5000 new employees in a relatively short period of just two years. Many people refer to the public sector in this country as being bloated, with others considering that the vast majority of the jobs people are employed for within the sector no longer necessary. Hopes were high that the digital era that Croatia has been more or less forced into by the coronavirus pandemic would see enormous changes to this, but it doesn't seem as if things have gone quite as digital with…
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Larger Croatian Christmas Bonuses and Other Benefits on Horizon?

September the 20th, 2022 - Could larger Croatian Christmas bonuses, gifts for children and other such benefits be on the horizon? The Ministry of Finance has a proposal which will interest many, especially during these difficult economic times fuelled by spiralling inflation and the fear of energy crises. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, last week, the Ministry of Finance submitted a proposal to amend the Income Tax Ordinance to increase the payment thresholds for six non-taxable items with which Croatian employers, in addition to paying out regular monthly wages, can further stimulate their staff, as tportal reports. The limit for non-taxable…
Tuesday, 20 September 2022

138 Million Kuna for Permanent Housing for Croatian Earthquake Victims

September the 20th, 2022 - Despite the fact that the horrendous earthquakes of 2020 which rocked Zagreb in March and then Petrinja, Glina and the wider Sisak-Moslavina County area in December, things are still moving at a snail's pace. Many Croatian earthquake victims are still living in limbo. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on Friday last week, Minister of Regional Development Natasa Tramisak signed the decision on the financing of a project entitled "The removal and construction of replacement housing units under the ownership of the Republic of Croatia in the areas affected by the earthquake", which provided grants in the amount…
Friday, 9 September 2022

Ex Finance Minister Zdravko Maric Questioned by USKOK

September the 9th, 2022 - Former Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Maric has been questioned by USKOK (Croatian State Prosecutor's Office for the Suppression of Organised Crime and Corruption), but seemingly only as a witness. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, ex Finance Minister Zdravko Maric was the chairman of the supervisory board of HBOR (Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development), and a month and a half before a certain loan was granted, he had a meeting with the investor Milenko Basic from the company C.E.M.P. Basic had otherwise asked for a loan of 130 million euros to finance an investment, and in…
Friday, 9 September 2022

PM Plenkovic Talks Anti-Inflation Measures: We'll Cap Price of Electricity

September the 9th, 2022 - Ongoing inflation is continuing to spiral, and with countries across Europe making various arrangements and creating measures to help citizens and companies through this extremely difficult period, Croatia's PM Plenkovic has now spoken out, confirming that the Croatian Government will cap electricity prices as energy bills are set to soar. The Croatian Government was very quick in stepping in with a package of various measures when the global coronavirus pandemic reached the country and began disrupting life as we've never known it before. Many sectors across the economy are hoping for the same rapid response…
Thursday, 8 September 2022

Croatian General Government Debt Now at 344 Billion Kuna

September the 8th, 2022 - The Croatian general government debt amounted to 344 billion kuna back at the end of May this year, which is 5.9 billion of 1.7 percent higher than just one year earlier. As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the above information on the Croatian general government debt is according to the latest data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB), and Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA) analysts. The annual increase in Croatian general government debt has been caused by an increase in both domestic and foreign debt, according to the latest CNB data. As such, the internal debt is higher by…
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Croatia Among Three EU Countries With Fastest Company Loan Growth

September the 7th, 2022 - Croatia is among three EU member states (the other two being the Republic of Ireland and Romania) with the fastest growth of loans being granted to companies. As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Blaskovic writes, this year, specifically from February onwards, a strong growth in lending has been noticeable, and after a long period of stagnation (or in some cases decline), Croatia has once again entered a period in which loans being granted to companies outnumber those being given to households, the Croatian Association of Banks pointed out in its HUB Pregledi publication. They noted that the annual…
Thursday, 1 September 2022

Zagreb and Split Mayors Support HND's Local Media Financing Model

ZAGREB, 31 Aug (Hina) - The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Wednesday presented models for financing local media based on transparent public financing, which Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević and Split Mayor Ivica Puljak said were acceptable and potentially applicable. HND leadership said that transparent public financing was necessary for the long-term independent functioning of local media and for ensuring stable conditions for journalistic work in the public interest. They underscored the need for such public financing but under clear conditions and criteria and with an assessment by an independent expert committee. Zovko: Local media must be financed with public money…
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