Croatia

    • Croatia’s ruling party considers summer parliamentary election

      Croatia’s ruling party considers summer parliamentary election

      Croatia's conservative ruling party will seek a parliamentary election during the summer depending on the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak, news wires reported. Branko Bacic, head of the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) parliamentary group, told reporters on Tuesday, that the vote could be in June, July or August. "We want the epidemiological conditions to be conducive for organising the elections," he said.

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    • Croatia considers tourist corridors for Czechs

      Croatia considers tourist corridors for Czechs

      Croatia may give Czech tourists special access this summer to counter the impact of the coronavirus on its vital tourism industry, news wires reported. "We have already discussed with the Czech Republic that they prepare their proposals and we will prepare ours" for such an option, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told the state-run HRT radio on Tuesday.

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    • Croatia seeks €9bn to combat coronavirus crisis

      Croatia seeks €9bn to combat coronavirus crisis

      Croatia will need about 70 billion kuna (€9.2bn) in the next few months to finance the measures it undertakes to combat the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Wednesday cited by Reuters. The government has already introduced some measures to help the economy, including writing off tax obligations or deferring of tax payments over the next three months.

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    • EU court will not settle Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

      EU court will not settle Croatia-Slovenia border dispute

      The European Union’s top court ruled on Friday that it had no jurisdiction to settle a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, news wires reported. Slovenia had argued that its fellow EU member could be sued under EU law because it was not implementing a 2017 border ruling by the intergovernmental Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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    • Croatia is committed to unblock EU enlargement process

      Croatia is committed to unblock EU enlargement process

      Croatia is committed to unblock the negotiations on the enlargement of the EU to the Balkans, and is betting on a change of France's stance (the country vetoed the launch of the talks on membership with North Macedonia and Albania), ANSA reported. The Balkan EU Member State also is committed to ensure that the Zagreb summit, scheduled for 7 May, where Union leaders will sit with those of the Western Balkans, will be a success.

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    • New year, same old challenges

      New year, same old challenges

      With the start of the new year, the EU is once again confronted by the same old challenges which have haunted the Union during the last decade - migration, trade wars, Brexit, global uncertainty and the rising pressure by global giants such as the US, Russia and China. And on top of it, from the start of the year the EU will be led by its least experienced member - Croatia, while the new Commission is still to switch into a higher gear.

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    • Croatia takes over EU Presidency

      Croatia takes over EU Presidency

      On 1 January, Croatia assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council, the last country to do so from those accepted in the Union in the last two decades. According to local media, the country faces "the biggest challenge in its modern history" and "most difficult test of its maturity since independence", but at the same time it is a chance to show what it has achieved as EU member.

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