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Jul 29, 2015

Croat parliament OKs withdrawal from Slovenia border arbitration

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a withdrawal from international border arbitration talks with Slovenia after the leak of a tape purporting to show a Slovenian judge on the panel improperly exchanging confidential information with the Ljubljana government.

Twenty-four years after the break-up of federal Yugoslavia, the two states are still haggling over their land and sea border. Slovenia demands access to international waters in the northern Adriatic, where its territory is squeezed to a coastal sliver between Croatia and Italy.

Jul 27, 2015

Croatian ex-PM Sanader’s graft convictions sent for retrial

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s Constitutional Court has annulled two corruption convictions against former prime minister Ivo Sanader and ordered a retrial.

Sanader, prime minister from 2004 to 2009, had been convicted of taking a bribe from the Hungarian oil group MOL in 2008 to allow it to take a dominant stake in Croatia’s biggest utility, the oil firm INA, and also of taking a bribe from Austria’s Hypo Bank in 1994 and 1995, when he was deputy foreign minister.

Jun 1, 2015

With eyes on Adriatic oil potential, Croatia weighs threat to tourism

SALI, Croatia, June 1 (Reuters) – When Croatia announced in
2013 it would set a tender to explore for oil and gas in its
pristine Adriatic waters, the government evoked the hydrocarbon
riches of Norway to win over the plan’s many detractors.

“If it’s not dangerous for Norway or Scotland, it shouldn’t
be dangerous for us,” Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said in
April, defending an effort he hopes could help turn around
Croatia’s economic fortunes after six years of recession.

May 29, 2015

Croatia passes law to compensate war rape victims

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia’s parliament adopted a law on Friday granting compensation to rape victims in the 1991-95 war of independence from Yugoslavia.

The victims, whose exact number remains unknown, will receive a one-off payment of 100,000 kuna ($14,504), and a monthly allowance of 2,500 kuna. They will also be entitled to free counseling, legal and medical aid.

Apr 27, 2015

Bosnia expects to agree new loan deal with IMF: central bank chief

ROVINJ, Croatia (Reuters) – Bosnia will start talks this week on a new loan deal with the IMF as its current loan arrangement, put on hold last September, has effectively been concluded, central bank governor Kemal Kozaric told Reuters on Monday.

The International Monetary Fund said separately on Monday it would begin reviewing terms of its loan for Bosnia, which it put on hold due to the government’s failure to implement agreed economic policies, from Tuesday. It said it may also discuss a new loan arrangement with the authorities.

Apr 27, 2015

Bosnia expects to agree new loan deal with IMF -c.bank chief

ROVINJ, Croatia, April 27 (Reuters) – Bosnia will start
talks this week on a new loan deal with the IMF as its current
loan arrangement, put on hold last September, has effectively
been concluded, central bank governor Kemal Kozaric told Reuters
on Monday.

The International Monetary Fund said separately on Monday it
would begin reviewing terms of its loan for Bosnia, which it put
on hold due to the government’s failure to implement agreed
economic policies, from Tuesday. It said it may also discuss a
new loan arrangement with the authorities.

Apr 21, 2015

Croatian doctors lured west, giving newest EU member a headache

ZAGREB (Reuters) – The strong turnout at Careers in White, an international jobs fair for health workers last month in the Croatian capital, was good news for organizers but poses a headache for the newest member of the European Union.

Since Croatia joined the EU in July 2013, making it easier for its citizens to seek work across the bloc, 752 of its doctors, or 4 percent of the total, have applied for papers to demonstrate they are qualified to work abroad, according to the Chamber of Doctors, a licensing body.

Apr 9, 2015

Croatia to appeal against fan ban for Italy qualifier

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia will appeal against UEFA’s decision ordering them to play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy behind closed doors in June after crowd trouble last month, the national FA (HNS) president Davor Suker said on Thursday.

“We will appeal to UEFA. We’re simply devastated by this decision. This is a huge (financial) loss for us, for our tourism, for promotion of Croatia,” Suker said after a meeting of the HNS held outside the capital.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-Croatia to appeal against fan ban for Italy qualifier

ZAGREB, April 9 (Reuters) – Croatia will appeal against UEFA’s decision ordering them to play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy behind closed doors in June after crowd trouble last month, the national FA (HNS) president Davor Suker said on Thursday.

“We will appeal to UEFA. We’re simply devastated by this decision. This is a huge (financial) loss for us, for our tourism, for promotion of Croatia,” Suker said after a meeting of the HNS held outside the capital.

Mar 31, 2015

Croatian franc loan holders threaten mass protests

ZAGREB, March 31 (Reuters) – Croatians with Swiss franc
loans have announced mass protests from April after their group
quit talks with the finance ministry and the central bank over
how to deal with the franc’s surge in value.

About 60,000 Croatians hold loans in Swiss francs, mainly
taken out during the 2000s when many in Central and Eastern
Europe were attracted by low Swiss interest rates. Since then a
strong franc has driven the loans’ costs sharply higher and
governments across the region have been grappling for solutions.

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      "Based in Zagreb, Croatia, I oversee the political and financial coverage of Croatia and Slovenia and help coordinate regional efforts in the Western Balkans, comprising Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. Have been with Reuters since 1993."
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