Zeljko Trkanjec

Economy & Jobs 24-06-2022

Croatia aims for speedy post-COVID recovery this summer despite inflation

Returning to complete normalcy after the pandemic shock will be challenging as inflation causes additional headaches. However, stakeholders insist that the situation in Croatia is improving quickly, and the government is decisive in taking advantage of the momentum. “It is...
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2022

Mayor: The pandemic gave birth to new ideas for Dubrovnik’s future

“The time of the COVID crisis for us was a period of restart, which gave us time to rearrange, to rethink,” Mato Franković said, adding that the new projects aim to stabilise economic recovery after two years of significant losses.
Politics 29-04-2022

Caution is required when waging an economic war

The argument taken up by analysts and experts to convince themselves that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not attack Ukraine was that a war would run counter to economic logic. They overlooked the fact that Putin expected victory in a...
Agrifood 27-04-2022

Croatia racing to mitigate impact of Ukraine war on agrifood sector

Croatia has made ensuring food security a key focus in light of the crisis in Ukraine, rolling out a number of measures to help producers cope with the fallout from the war. EURACTIV Croatia reports.

Russia-made military drone crashes in Croatian capital

An unmanned aerial vehicle of military design fell in the Jarun area of southwest Zagreb on Thursday night, according to the Croatian government, who added that police and military were investigating.
Energy 28-02-2022

Action plan for strengthening electricity network to integrate renewable energy sources

The government has improved legislation that facilitates processes, including the recently passed new Electricity Market Act. Read this article in Croatian. The Croatian State Archives hosted the promotion of two expert studies on renewable energy sources in Croatia, initiated by...
Europe's East 26-01-2022

Ukraine voices ‘deep disapointment’ over Croatian president’s comments

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned Croatian Ambassador Anica Džamić on Wednesday (26 January) following Croatian President Zoran Milanović's scathing comments about Ukraine, including that it is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and does not belong in NATO.
Global Europe 13-12-2021

The Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs — Bosnia crisis and the failure of stabilocracy

The National Assembly of Republika Srpska (the Serb half of post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina) voted last Friday to start work on pulling their autonomous entity out of Bosnia’s armed forces, judiciary and tax systems. The assembly said the RS government should propose within six months laws to regulate these matters at entity level.
Health 01-12-2021

Fake COVID passports flourish in southeastern Europe

While the European Commission and EU countries struggle to contain the latest surge in coronavirus infections, thousands of vaccine-averse Europeans are paying for fake COVID passes while not getting the jab. EURACTIV network reports.
Global Europe 01-11-2021

Turmoil on the horizon for North Macedonia after prime minister quits

Following North Macedonia's local elections, the Balkan country found itself without a prime minister, with the majority of municipalities falling into the hands of the opposition and with the possibility of snap elections looming - all of which could impact its EU accession bid.
Enlargement 27-10-2021

US envoy to press for long-delayed reforms in Bosnia

Washington has sent a special envoy to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help with a long-delayed electoral and constitutional reform in the Balkan country, against the backdrop of heightened tensions among its Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs.
Politics 18-10-2021

Croatia’s ruling conservatives face smooth ride, with scattered opposition

Fifteen months into his second mandate, Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and his conservative HDZ find themselves in a singularly comfortable position: The fragmented political opposition has sunk to historic lows and is unable to mount any serious challenge.
Enlargement 13-04-2021

Slovenia suspected of seeking ‘peaceful dissolution’ of Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Slovenian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been summoned to the country's foreign ministry to explain recent rumours about alleged plans by Ljubljana for the dissolution of the country hosting her and a redrawing of borders across the Western Balkans.
Enlargement 07-01-2021

EU enlargement in 2021: Moribund or revenant?

In the Western Balkans, where all EU applicant countries (bar Turkey) are located, the year ahead will be dominated by Europe's quest for a vaccine and efforts to restart the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 
Energy 29-12-2020

‘Many injured’ as strong quake strikes Croatia, Slovenia shuts nuclear plant

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck a town in Croatia on Tuesday (29 December), with the emergency services saying many people had been injured and video footage showing people being rescued from rubble near the epicentre.
03-12-2020

Jourová slams EU governments’ selective media funding to spread propaganda

Some EU governments are channelling national money only to those media that are the “willing servants of state propaganda”, which is not in accordance with what the EU wants, Věra Jourová, the EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency has said, EURACTIV's media partner, Croatian daily Jutarnji list, reported.
Enlargement 20-11-2020

The Brief, powered by EHFG – Bosnia’s war and peace

In recent European history, it is difficult to find a political experiment that has flopped as spectacularly and as silently as the Dayton Peace Accord.
Enlargement 18-11-2020

Bulgaria spells out conditions for unblocking North Macedonia’s EU path

Bulgaria vetoed the decision to open EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia on Tuesday (17 November), a move which indirectly also affects Albania, another Western Balkans candidate which has advanced on its EU path in tandem with Skopje.
Non-discrimination 13-11-2020

Terrorism and Muslim communities: Europe’s ‘right’ battle

In recent weeks, violent terrorist attacks have shocked France and Vienna, after cartoons of Prophet Mohammed were published by French satiric publication Charlie Hebdo to mark the start of the trial for the 2016 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Enlargement 05-11-2020

Kosovo’s President Thaci resigns after war crimes indictment confirmed

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi, a former senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army guerrilla group, resigned with immediate effect on Thursday (5 November) after learning that the Kosovo war crimes tribunal had confirmed his indictment for war crimes.
Global Europe 27-10-2020

Lavrov: US-led Russophobes in Europe hinder Moscow-Zagreb relations

Some “Russophobe” EU member states directed by Washington are hindering the strengthening of the relations between Russia and Croatia, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov has been quoted as saying ahead of his tour of the Balkans, which excluded Croatia.
Enlargement 21-10-2020

Ethnic Croats to prop new Serbian government

Serbia's new government will have a shorter term, as the next general election will be held in April 2022 at the latest, simultaneously with the presidential polls and municipal elections in Belgrade, Serbian president and leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), Aleksandar Vučić, said on Tuesday (20 October).

Croatia’s ‘secret club’ scandal exposes cronyism, corruption

A secret club in the Croatian capital where the elite flouted lockdown rules and escorts were brought in from Serbia. Vintage wine and whiskey flowed. Bribes changed hands. A recent 'club scandal' rocked Croatia's political and business scene more than any other in the past decade.
22-03-2020

Strong earthquake shakes Zagreb

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 Richter hit Croatia's capital Zagreb on Sunday morning, causing serious material damage and seriously wounding a 15-year old resident. The epicentre was seven kilometres north of Zagreb. EURACTIV Croatia reports.