ZAGREB/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Yugoslav foes Serbia and Croatia traded embargoes and insults on Thursday in the latest fallout from Europe’s failure to agree a comprehensive response to the tide of migrants streaming north through the Balkans.
After weeks of recrimination and buck-passing, a summit on Wednesday did produce a glimmer of political unity between EU states on measures to help the refugees closer to home, or at least register their asylum requests as soon as they enter the European Union.
ZAGREB/BELGRADE Sept 24 (Reuters) – A trade war erupted
between Serbia and Croatia on Thursday over the flow of migrants
across their border, dragging relations between the ex-Yugoslav
republics to their lowest ebb since the overthrow of late
Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000.
Overnight, the Balkan neighbours exchanged tit-for-tat
sanctions that saw Croatian goods and cargo vehicles banned from
entering Serbia and Serbian-registered vehicles barred from
Croatia, since 2013 a member of the European Union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.