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Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

By   8 months ago

  Croatia strongly supports Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity and wants to contribute, through the European partnership, to the strengthening of the Kosovo institutions, and to provide assistance in the implementation of the country’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with his Kosovo counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in Zagreb […]

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Economy minister says government’s goal is permanent 5% economic growth

By   8 months ago

  The government’s goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Speaking of the government’s measures aimed at improving the business climate, she mentioned the tax reform, the new public […]

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Slovenian media: Maric and Pocivalsek reach agreement on Cimos debt

By   9 months ago

Slovenia’s Economy and Technology Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek and Croatia’s State Property Management Minister Goran Maric reached an agreement on Monday on a solution to the problem of the Koper-based Cimos company’s debt to the defunct Rijecka Banka, Slovenian media reported. Slovenia’s STA news agency and Slovenian Television said that the debt to Rijecka Banka that […]

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Economic sentiment in Croatia, EU stable in January

By   9 months ago

The economic sentiment in Croatia in January 2017 stayed close to its highest level since the country joined the EU in mid-2013, on the back of improved expectations in the industrial sector that have offset subdued sentiments in other sectors of the economy, shows a report released by the European Commission on Monday. The Economic […]

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Croatia’s energy minister to travel to Brussels on Friday for talks on INA

By   9 months ago

Croatia’s Energy and Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic, who is travelling to Brussels on Friday for talks with the European Commission concerning Croatian legislation on the privatisation of INA, said on Monday that he hoped that the Commission would show understanding and offer dialogue. In December, the EC requested Croatia to amend the 2002 law […]

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Dalic presents gov’t action plan to Zadar entrepreneurs

By   9 months ago

The government’s action plan to relieve enterprises of red tape introduces more than a hundred measures designed to simplify existing legislation and ensure savings for employers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalic said on Monday presenting the plan to entrepreneurs in Zadar. Earlier in the year the government adopted […]

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Germans and Dutch show growing interest in travelling to Croatia

By   9 months ago

The German and Dutch markets have shown growing interest in bookings for holidays in Croatia, according to information from the CTM tourist fair in Stuttgart, which lasts from 14 to 22 January, and from the Vakantiebeur, a major tourism and leisure fair, held in Utrecht on 11-15 January. The head of the Croatian Tourism Board’s […]

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European Commission to Allow Croatia Use of Terrano Name

By   9 months ago

The European Commission (EC) has confirmed the completion of an act which will allow Croatian winemakers in Istria to sell wine under the name Terrano, provoking dissatisfaction in Slovenia which has protected the name with a mark of geographic origin The EC, after a meeting with the Slovenian Agriculture Minister Dejan Židan with the Agriculture […]

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New media strategy draft possible in few months, culture minister says

By   9 months ago

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek (photo) said on Wednesday the ministry would work on a media strategy this year, adding that Hina’s financial situation had stabilised and that it was an important media outlet which could open up to new services. Speaking on Croatian Radio, the minister said the draft of a new media strategy […]

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Auguste Rodin’s masterpieces in Zagreb

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, May 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic The masterpieces of the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin, which were presented on Tuesday night at the opening of the exhibition “Rodin in Mestrovic’s Zagreb”, are the most representative beginning of a large five-month cultural event in Croatia-the Festival “Rendez-vous”. This is an exhibition […]

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First Croatian product with its name protected in EU

By   3 years ago

Zagreb, April 14, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Croatia has received its first protected product-‘Krk prosciutto’ which name is registered and protected in the common EU market, announced on Tuesday the Ministry of Agriculture. The process of protecting the name of this product began in April 2010 when a butcher shop from […]

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President holds pre-election promise and removes Tito from office

By   3 years ago

Zagreb, March 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic State president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic held a promise and evicted Josip Broz Tito from Pantovčak according to the statement from her office, “the transfer of works of art and other artifacts, legacy of Josip and Jovanka Broz from the former Villa Zagorje” were carried […]

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Many treats for movie buffs at this year’s Motovun Film Festival

By   3 years ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb This year’s Motovun Film Festival (MFF), which is to be held July 26 to 30, will set a record in the number of visitors and films shown. Along the regular film program, one can expect many new events, Festival Director Igor Mirkovic announced at today’s press conference in Pula. […]

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Opatija celebrates 170 years of tourism by recalling the resort’s glorious season

By   3 years ago

  By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb The three-day event ‘Golden Opatija’, is the central celebration of the 170th anniversary of tourism in this city, but also in Croatia, opened on Saturday night in Opatija with the musical – theatrical spectacle ‘Emperor City’. Through a variety of programs across the entire city of Opatija, the number […]

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Opatija celebrates 170 years of tourism

By   4 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos According to an announcement by Opatija’s tourism board, the northern Croatian Adriatic resort town will be celebrating its 170 years of tourism throughout 2014. The peak of the celebrations will take place on July 19-21 and will feature musical and theatrical performances, which will portrait the history of the hospitality and […]

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Zagreb hosts international wine festival

By   4 years ago

  Review by Christos T. Panagopoulos – The second edition of the international wine festival Label Grand Karakterre will take place in Croatian capital Zagreb on 1 December. It is expected that wine producers from seven European countries will participate. All together there will be sixty wineries represented. On November 30th, the festival will take […]

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Slovenia welcomes construction of LNG terminal off Krk, but won’t join for now

By   8 months ago

  Slovenia is not planning for now to connect to the floating LNG terminal to be built off Omisalj on the northern Croatian Adriatic island of Krk, but welcomes any additional energy source, Slovenian media say. Croatia has been approved a grant of EUR 102 million from EU funds, a third of the amount required […]

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Croatia’s energy minister to travel to Brussels on Friday for talks on INA

By   9 months ago

Croatia’s Energy and Environment Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic, who is travelling to Brussels on Friday for talks with the European Commission concerning Croatian legislation on the privatisation of INA, said on Monday that he hoped that the Commission would show understanding and offer dialogue. In December, the EC requested Croatia to amend the 2002 law […]

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ISIL Destroys INA’s Gas Facility in Syria

By   10 months ago

INA conducted research in Syria which led to discovery of substantial reserves of oil and gas Islamic State has published a video showing the destruction of INA’s Hayan gas facility, located some 100 kilometres east of Homs. In its statement, ISIL claims that they have destroyed the facility in order to cause economic paralysis of […]

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War veterans’ leaders say veterans should be given 7% of HEP shares

By   10 months ago

Commenting on the possible sale of 25% of HEP power company shares, the leader of the Association of Special Police from the 1991-95 Homeland War, Josip Klemm (photo), said on Wednesday that war veterans should participate in the transaction in such a way to allow the transfer of 7% of HEP shares to the War […]

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Construction of Croatia’s LNG Terminal to Start in 2017?

By   10 months ago

After many years of waiting, it seems that the LNG terminal of the island of Krk could soon become reality. If it builds a floating LNG terminal on the island of Krk, Croatia will get a chance to become the energy leader in the region”, said US Ambassador to Croatia Julieta Valls Noyes a few […]

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SDP MP: Gov’t should analyse economic viability of possible INA buyout

By   10 months ago

Branko Grcic, a member of Parliament from the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), said on Thursday that if Hungary’s energy company MOL decided to sell its stake in Croatia’s INA, the government should carry out a serious analysis and offer possible solutions for a buyout on condition that such an enterprise proved to be […]

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EC urges Slovenia and Croatia to implement joint energy projects

By   11 months ago

The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovenia and Croatia implement joint energy projects because their concerted action will facilitate access to European funds, it was said at a conference, The European Investment Plan: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector, held on Monday and organised by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB). European […]

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Presidents advocate enhancement of Azerbaijan-Croatia ties

By   12 months ago

Croatia and Azerbaijan are friendly countries and strategic partners that have developed good relations free of outstanding issues, and there is much room for enhancing bilateral cooperation in many areas, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Croatian counterpart, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, said in Baku after their talks on Monday. “We are strategic partners and friends. […]

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Economy minister says government’s goal is permanent 5% economic growth

By   8 months ago

  The government’s goal is to achieve a permanent economic growth rate of 5%, Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Martina Dalic said on Monday at a business lunch organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Speaking of the government’s measures aimed at improving the business climate, she mentioned the tax reform, the new public […]

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Croatia’s gross foreign debt cut by 9.4% to 42.4 bln euro

By   10 months ago

The latest Croatian National Bank (HNB) data show that the gross foreign debt at the end of September 2016 amounted to 42.4 billion euro which was 4.4 billion euro less or a drop of 9.4% on the year, with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) expecting that trend to continue. Compared to August 2016, Croatia’s […]

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Government stepping up preparations for tax reform

By   12 months ago

In order to speed up the process of legislative amendments for the implementation of the planned tax reform as of the beginning of 2017, the Croatian government decided on Thursday to exclude seven draft bills from an assessment of the legislative impact. Those are the draft bills on income tax and real estate sales tax […]

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MOST Still Unsure Whether to Support Tax Reform

By   12 months ago

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Administration Ivan Kovačić (MOST) said on Wednesday that MOST would present its views on the proposed tax reform after consultations with experts, reports Večernji List on November 2, 2016. “MOST will make its position know”, said Kovačić this morning before the start of the meeting of deputy prime ministers […]

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Prime Minister Plenković Insists Tax Reform Will Not Be Delayed

By   12 months ago

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković visited on Monday, together with other high-ranking government official, the Mirogoj cemetery in Zagreb on the occasion of All Saints’ Day which is on Tuesday. After the visit, he spoke to reporters and commented on the proposed tax reform and other issues. He said that tax reform had no alternative, […]

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FinMin: Tax reform to be prepared in parallel with work on 2017 budget

By   12 months ago

Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Monday that the planned tax reform should be discussed by the government and that its implementation would be prepared in parallel with work on a draft budget for next year. Asked by reporters if the tax reform had been finalised, […]

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Experts Divided about Sustainability of Second Pillar of Pension System

By   1 year ago

A conference on “Croatian Pension System and Sustainability of Its Second Pillar” was held on Friday. Experts who took part in the conference were divided over whether the second pillar, which consists of individual savings accounts, was unsustainable and ultimately less favourable for retirees or whether it was a good solution given the unfavourable demographic […]

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FinMin: Tax reforms core of fiscal policies

By   1 year ago

Zagreb, October 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Economic growth and consequently increased employment, the continuation of fiscal consolidation and activation of ‘dormant’ capital will be the pillars of fiscal policies in the coming period with special emphasis on an overall tax reform, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Friday, but he stopped short of specifying […]

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Stier says Croatia strongly supports Kosovo, calls for enhancing economic cooperation

By   8 months ago

  Croatia strongly supports Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity and wants to contribute, through the European partnership, to the strengthening of the Kosovo institutions, and to provide assistance in the implementation of the country’s Stabilisation and Association Agreement, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with his Kosovo counterpart Enver Hoxhaj in Zagreb […]

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Trump declares war on Media – What has changed

By   8 months ago

  Barely a month into his duties as President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared war on the media accusing them of being liars and enemies of the American people. In recent years the media have been the target of various leaders, not only of authoritarian regimes but also of countries with deep […]

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HDZ: Croatia won’t allow intimidation of Croats in Bosnia

By   8 months ago

  The deputy leader of Croatia’s ruling HDZ party, Milijan Brkic, and the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s HDZ, Dragan Covic, visited the southern Bosnian town of Stolac on Monday ahead of a repeat of municipal elections next Sunday. “Croatia will not allow intimidation of the Croats in Stolac or anywhere else in Bosnia and […]

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Croatia good partner to G. Britain in defence – Fallon

By   9 months ago

  Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic and his British counterpart Michael Fallon signed a memorandum of understanding in London on Monday to formalise the two countries’ defence cooperation. The British government said in a statement that Defence Secretary Fallon commended Croatia’s role in NATO operations and peace missions. “Croatia is a good partner of the […]

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Croatian, Slovenian defence ministers talk cooperation

By   9 months ago

Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic in Ljubljana on Wednesday held talks with his Slovenian counterpart Andreja Katic about cooperation in defence and security challenges in Europe and its neighbourhood. During his stay in Ljubljana, Krsticevic also held talks with Slovenian President Borut Pahor. Addressing the press after their meeting, Krsticevic and Katic said the two […]

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Dalic presents gov’t action plan to Zadar entrepreneurs

By   9 months ago

The government’s action plan to relieve enterprises of red tape introduces more than a hundred measures designed to simplify existing legislation and ensure savings for employers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Martina Dalic said on Monday presenting the plan to entrepreneurs in Zadar. Earlier in the year the government adopted […]

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UN Special Adviser: A strong message of hope a united federal Cyprus can emerge

By   9 months ago

Following the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus stated that the talks conveyed “a strong message of hope that this long-standing dispute can now finally be laid to rest and a united federal Cyprus can emerge and can be embraced in a security arrangement […]

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Slovenia Threatens to Sabotage Croatian Tourism

By   9 months ago

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec directly threatened Croatian tourist industry in the event that Croatia refuses to implement the decision of the arbitration tribunal which will later this year issue a verdict of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia has left the proceedings and announced it will not accept the verdict, reports Novi […]

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Trump declares war on Media – What has changed

By   8 months ago

  Barely a month into his duties as President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared war on the media accusing them of being liars and enemies of the American people. In recent years the media have been the target of various leaders, not only of authoritarian regimes but also of countries with deep […]

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Trust in Croatian state institutions low

By   8 months ago

  Commenting on European surveys showing that Croatians were among those EU citizens who trusted their state institutions and local self-government bodies the least, Public Administration Minister Ivan Kovacic said on Thursday that the communication between citizens and local self-government bodies would be improved as part of a public administration reform. “The public administration reform […]

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New media strategy draft possible in few months, culture minister says

By   9 months ago

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek (photo) said on Wednesday the ministry would work on a media strategy this year, adding that Hina’s financial situation had stabilised and that it was an important media outlet which could open up to new services. Speaking on Croatian Radio, the minister said the draft of a new media strategy […]

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Croatia Tries Soldier Accused of War Crimes during Operation Storm

By   9 months ago

“Not guilty”, pleaded Rajko Kričković, a 60-year-old retired war veteran from Zagreb, whose trial for war crimes started at the Rijeka County Court. He is charged with killing three civilians in the region of Lika after Operation Storm in 1995, reports Novi List on January 12, 2017. The indictment of the County State Attorney’s Office […]

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PM receives head of Islamic community in Croatia

By   10 months ago

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday received the head of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Mufti Aziz Hasanovic, and expressed his satisfaction with Croatia’s relations with the Islamic community, adding that the model of arranging these relations could serve as an example to other European countries. “Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed satisfaction with standards achieved […]

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Croatia’s Q3 survey unemployment rate down to 10.9 pct

By   10 months ago

The survey unemployment rate in Croatia fell to 10.9% in the third quarter of 2016 from 15.4% in the corresponding period of 2015, show the results of a labour force survey carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS). The survey unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2016 was 1.9 percentage points lower […]

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War veterans’ leaders say veterans should be given 7% of HEP shares

By   10 months ago

Commenting on the possible sale of 25% of HEP power company shares, the leader of the Association of Special Police from the 1991-95 Homeland War, Josip Klemm (photo), said on Wednesday that war veterans should participate in the transaction in such a way to allow the transfer of 7% of HEP shares to the War […]

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Asylum Seekers Protest in Zagreb

By   10 months ago

Refugees and migrants claim they are victims of attacks on the streets of Zagreb About 40 people protested in front of the “Porin” Centre for Asylum Seekers in Zagreb on Monday. They protested against Croatian police which, according to their claims, has not responded to their reports of violence against them over the weekend, reports […]

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PM, Banja Luka bishop talk status of Croats in Bosnian Serb entity

By   12 months ago

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday received the Bishop of Banja Luka, Msgr Franjo Komarica, and discussed the difficult position of Croats over the past two decades in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, notably problems they are faced with in trying to return to their prewar homes, Plenkovic’s public relations office said in […]

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Modrić awarded Best Midfielder in La Liga and of the 30 Best in Europe

By   12 months ago

As if Modrić has not been in the news enough over the last few weeks, we see him making waves once again. On Monday night, the best players of the previous La Liga season were chosen. A few minutes before the start of the ceremony, the official website of the Spanish Championship revealed that the […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   1 year ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Serbia Wins Water Polo Gold

By   1 year ago

Rio, August 21, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency After winning the European and world championships, Serbia’s men’s water polo team finally etched itself into Olympic history, winning the country’s first gold medal on Saturday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Serbia defeated the defending Olympic champion Croatia team 11-7 to cap a stunning two weeks […]

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Euro 2016: Three defeats and a victory for the Balkan teams

By   1 year ago

Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris France – Romania 2-1 Romania failed to overcome the obstacle of the hostess and lost to France in the Euro premiere 2-1. Dimitri Payet was the protagonist of the Euro 2016 premiere, who with an incredible goal in the 89 ‘gave the victory 2-1 to […]

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Croatian Football Federation declares ignorance of the swastika symbol before the match

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, June 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos After UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against Croatia over the large swastika appeared to have been bleached into the turf before their qualifier against Italy, the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), through its website, informed the public on the developments ahead, as well as the facts […]

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Croatian Football Federation condemns swastika incident

By   2 years ago

Zagreb, June 15, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Croatian Football Federation (HNS) president Davor Suker, on Saturday, condemned the incident involving the appearance of a swastika symbol on the turf of the Split stadium during a European qualifier between Croatia and Italy that had taken place Friday evening. In an extraordinary news conference, […]

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Blazers on 19th position in FIFA ranking

By   3 years ago

Zagreb, December 19, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Marija Avramovic Croatian national football team is ending this year on the 19th position according to FIFA’s 2014 ranking, so with 946 points the ‘Blazers’ maintained their last month’s position. On FIFA’s December list there were no changes among the 23 world’s best team, with the […]

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