Montenegro taking tourists away from Croatia

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Erschienen am: 10.09.2006

Euroregional Tourists experts say that Montenegro will be taking away a portion of Croatian tourists very soon.

Rijeka daily Novi List writes that since Montenegro is the fastest growing tourist destination in the region, it will probably destabilise Croatia’s tourism in the coming years by making improvements in its quality of services.

The daily writes that the fact that Montenegro is becoming more attractive for tourists and that the rising prices in the southern region of Croatia have been turning off tourists will both lead to Croatia losing a significant amount of business.

“Only several kilometres south, tourists are receiving cheaper accommodations with the ability to take a one-day trip to Dubrovnik.” Novi List writes, adding that there are currently 230 categorised tourist buildings in Montenegro with 35,000 available beds and that the categorisation is ongoing.

Montenegrin Tourism Minister Predrag Nenezic told Novi List that this season will probably be the best for Montenegro since the dissolving of the former Yugoslavia. He expects about 900,000 guests and a planned income of about 300 million euros.

Predrag Nenezic added that this season exceeded all expectations and that the interest has not died down.

Source: B92.net

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UN Tribunal fines Croatian journalist for publishing confidential material

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Erschienen am: 30.08.2006

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has found a Croatian journalist guilty of contempt for publishing closed session transcripts and part of a witness statement.In a judgement issued today, the Tribunal fined Josip Jovic, a former editor-in-chief of the Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, 20,000 Euros.

In a series of articles that appeared in November and December 2000, Mr. Jovic published the transcripts and part of a statement given to the Office of the Prosecutor by Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, who testified against a former Croatian Army general.

The ICTY Trial Chamber expressed particular concern over Mr. Jovic’s decision to ignore a cease and desist order from the Tribunal after the first four articles had appeared, noting that he went on in subsequent editions to boast that the transcripts he was publishing were “secret.”

“His actions not only were contemptuous, but also stymied the Tribunal’s ability to safeguard the evidence of a protected witness and risked undermining confidence in the Tribunal’s ability to grant effective protective measures,” said the Trial Chamber in its judgement summary.

The defence had argued that Mr. Jovic did not believe he was bound by the Tribunal’s orders and therefore could not be held in contempt, but this was found to be erroneous.

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List of Serbian returnees wanted

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Erschienen am: 28.08.2006

ZAGREB — Croatian general and prosecutors want a list of Serbian returnees who will be receiving apartments.

A program developed by the Croatian Government will take care of 4,000 Serbian returnees who will be receiving flats.

According to a statement from the General Council and the Association of Defenders, Disabled and Widows of the Civil War, there will be demands for checking up on all returnees to make sure that no one who participated in the aggression on Croatia will be receiving housing.

At a meeting on Friday, the Croatian Government reached an agreement to build 3,600 apartments for returnees by the year of 2011. The apartments are for those who previously had property rights for used and will have a protected price of 2.54 kunas per square metre in which they will be able to live for the rest of their lives. However, their children will not be able to inherit the apartments, which will become state property once the initial returnees have passed away.

The Croatian General Council and the UBIDUR have proposed to the Government to have, in the same way, offers for apartments to be given to Croats as well, who had their properties taken away from them during the war and have yet to find adequate housing.

The decision made last week regarding the apartments for Serbian returnees was not taken very well by the mayors of several cities in which the apartments are planned to be built. The mayors of Rijeka, Zagreb, Split, Siska and Petrnije have all protested the fact that the Government passed this decision without consulting with the local administrations of the cities in which the apartments are projected to be built in.

The Serbian Democratic Forum stated that this plan shows that the Croatian Government has a rigid and indifferent opinion regarding the Serbian return effort.

“The proposal for solving the housing question which calls for people to wait another five years for a home and be able to use the apartments until they die without the possibility of their children inheriting the property, does not show a goal for a humane and just solution for the suffering of the refugees, but rather further punishes the returnees and does them a greater injustice,” the SDF stated.

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Montenegro taking tourists away from Croatia

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Erschienen am: 28.08.2006

RIJEKA, PODGORICA — Tourists experts say that Montenegro will be taking away a portion of Croatian tourists very soon.

Rijeka daily Novi List writes that since Montenegro is the fastest growing tourist destination in the region, it will probably destabilise Croatia’s tourism in the coming years by making improvements in its quality of services.

The daily writes that the fact that Montenegro is becoming more attractive for tourists and that the rising prices in the southern region of Croatia have been turning off tourists will both lead to Croatia losing a significant amount of business.

 

“Only several kilometres south, tourists are receiving cheaper accommodations with the ability to take a one-day trip to Dubrovnik.” Novi List writes, adding that there are currently 230 categorised tourist buildings in Montenegro with 35,000 available beds and that the categorisation is ongoing.

Montenegrin Tourism Minister Predrag Nenezi? told Novi List that this season will probably be the best for Montenegro since the dissolving of the former Yugoslavia. He expects about 900,000 guests and a planned income of about 300 million euros.

Predrag Nenezi? added that this season exceeded all expectations and that the interest has not died down despite the fact that the end of the summer season is nearing.

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Driving forward public transport reform in Pula

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Erschienen am: 27.08.2006

London, United Kingdom – As part of a comprehensive programme to develop a new transport policy for Pula, the economic and political centre of the Croatian peninsula Istria, the EBRD is lending the public transport company Pula Promet d.o.o. €5 million to buy up to 22 new buses.

The new fleet will significantly reduce the emissions of pollutants and noise and improve environment and living conditions in the city. Pula is popular as a tourist destination thanks to its rich selection of historical sites. This, however, has led to serious traffic congestion and a lack of parking facilities.

To tackle these issues, the city is working on a sustainable transport strategy which the EBRD is supporting with €250,000 in Technical Cooperation funds. A study will examine options for a traffic management and implementation action plan. Another €50,000 in Technical Cooperation funds have been provided by the Government of the Netherlands (Croatia Small Municipalities Grant Fund) for project preparation and for the evaluation of the current traffic and parking management in Pula.

The agreement includes an innovative provision under which the city of Pula and Pula Promet enter a public service contract defining the roles and obligations of both parties, arrangements for service payments to the company, and the quantity and quality of service provided by the company.

Thomas Maier, EBRD Director for Municipal Infrastructure, said this accord will establish a clear commercial basis for public transport and also increase transparency and accountability. By developing a comprehensive strategy the project will also address the key challenges for the successful development of Pula, a city with strong potential. The EBRD and the city are also working on waste water and solid waste investment projects.

The mayor of Pula, Mr Boris Miletic, said the new transport strategy sets European targets for the development of the city’s urban transport system. It will provide a better, safer and cleaner service for the citizens and visitors of Pula.

Pula Promet is majority owned by the city of Pula and currently operates 30 buses on 8 urban and 11 suburban lines. More than 4 million passengers use the services of the company annually.
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?Anerkennung für Journalisten, die über Kroatien geschrieben haben

Erschienen in: Allgemein,English News,Kunst & Kultur,Tourismus & Verkehr
Erschienen am: 06.06.2006

Mitte Mai hielten sich 36 ausländische Journalisten aus 18 Ländern der Erde in Kroatien auf. Ihre Texte, Radio- oder Fernsehsendungen wurden im Rahmen der jährlichen Verleihung des Preises Zlatna penkala als beste ausgewählt. Im Laufe der dreitägigen Reise durch Mitteldalmatien haben die Journalisten in der Organisation der Kroatischen Zentrale für Tourismus, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Tourismusverband der Gespanschaft Split-Dalmatien und dem Tourismusverband der Stadt Split, Split, Salona und die Makarska-Riviera besucht. Auf diese Weise dankt die Kroatische Zentrale für Tourismus den ausländischen Tourismusjournalisten für ihr Schreiben über Kroatien und über sein touristisches Angebot. Für die Gäste war ein umfangreiches Programm organisiert worden, das den Besuch der attraktivsten touristischen Lokalitäten Mitteldalmatiens beinhaltete und viele interessante Begegnungen ermöglichte. Unter anderem wurde in den Räumen der Meštrovic-Galerie eine Pressekonferenz abgehalten, auf welcher der Direktor der Kroatischen Zentrale für Tourismus, Niko Bulic, die strategischen Ziele und die komparativen Vorteile des kroatischen Tourismus erläuterte. Der Staatssekretär für Tourismus des Ministeriums für Seewesen, Tourismus, Verkehr und Entwicklung, Zdenko Micic, und andere richteten Grußworte an die Versammlung. Den Grand Prix „Zlatna penkala“ für den besten geschriebenen Text erhielt Frau Patrizia Magi aus Italien für ihre Reportage „Von Zadar bis Dubrovnik“ („Croazia da Zara a Dubrovnik“), veröffentlicht in der Monatszeitschrift Panorama Travel, herausgegeben vom dem bekanntesten italienischen Verleger Mondadori in einer Auflage von 94.000 Exemplaren. Die 27-seitige Reportage beschreibt ausführlich die Gebiete um Zadar, Šibenik, Split und Dubrovnik und bietet Informationen über Gastronomie, Kultur, Geschichts- und Naturerbe. In ihrer Reportage widmete sie als eine der ersten italienischen Journalisten dem Reichtum des dalmatinischen Hinterlandes – Dalmatinska zagora – besondere Aufmerksamkeit. Den Grand Prix „Zlatna penkala“ für die beste Fernsehreportage mit dem Titel „Kroatiens dalmatinische Küste“ (Croatia´s Dalmatian Coast“) erhielt Herr Rudy Maxa aus den USA. Die 35-minütige Reportage wurde von Juni 2005 bis heute auf dem PBS-Kanal und dem Kanal 13 sowie auch in lokalen Fernsehsendern 197 Mal gesendet. Rudy Maxa erhielt zahlreiche Journalismuspreise, darunter auch den Pulitzer Award, und seine Fernsehserie „Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa“, die hauptsächlich über europäische Destinationen berichtet, erhielt den Emmy. Die übrigen 27 Journalisten erhielten den „Zlatna penkala“ für das beste über Kroatien veröffentlichte Material auf dem jeweiligen Markt. Die Anerkennungen wurden den ausgezeichneten Journalisten in einer besonderen Feierlichkeit vom Minister für Seewesen, Tourismus, Verkehr und Entwicklung der Republik Kroatien, Herrn Božidar Kalmeta, dem Staatssekretär für Tourismus, Herrn Zdenko Micic, und dem Direktor der Kroatischen Zentrale für Tourismus, Herrn Niko Bulic, überreicht.

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VinIstra – Weinmesse in Porec gestartet

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Erschienen am: 30.04.2006

Alle Jahre wieder startet die bedeutendste Weinmesse “VinIstra” in Porec. Vom 29.04. bis zum 02.05.2006 treffen sich die bedeutendsten Winzer Istriens, um die besten Weine vorzustellen.

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Tito’s hungry elephants spared

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Erschienen am: 28.03.2006

A pair of elephants that were once part of the private zoo of Yugoslav’s former dictator Tito have been saved by a food donation from Croatia’s top tennis player.

“Ivan Ljubicic and his wife Aida have put a certain amount of money on the account of the national park to help us feed the elephants,” Morena Milevoj, spokeswoman of the zoo on Brijuni island, told AFP.

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Croatian director plans film on war crimes ‘hero’

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Erschienen am: 28.03.2006

A Croatian director is planning to make a film about the country’s top war crimes indictee Ante Gotovina starring Goran Visnjic of the ER television series.

“I am working with Goran on the project of a movie about general Ante Gotovina,” local director Antun Vrdoljak told local press.

“Goran told me that he would like to play the role of general Gotovina in a feature film,” he added without saying when shooting may start.

Vrdoljak said he got the idea about the movie “in the moments of the first emotional shock, in a situation known to everybody,” referring to the arrest of Gotovina on a Spanish island in December 2005.

The capture of Gotovina came four years after the UN war crimes tribunal charged him in 2001 with atrocities committed against ethnic Serb civilians at the end of Croatia’s 1991-1995 war.

A majority of Croatians still consider him a hero.

“Gotovina is a real hero of the ‘homeland war’. I wrote the scenario for the film because we owe a lot to this man,” he said.

Visnjic, a 33-year-old actor, is Vrdoljak’s son-in-law and grew up in the southern Croatian town of Zadar, in Gotovina’s home area.

In the 1990s, the actor moved to Los Angeles where he portrayed Doctor Luka Kovac in the TV series ER. He made his first appearance in an English-language film in Michael Winterbottom’s 1997 feature, “Welcome to Sarajevo”.

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Interview with tennis star Ivan Ljubicic

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Erschienen am: 19.03.2006

IVAN LJUBICIC

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Ivan.

Q. How do you look at this match? One-sided? Do you think you didn’t play up to your potential?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I was thinking what to say really on the way here. But it’s really hard for me because definitely I’m sure it looked different from my point of view and from your point of view because I was in there. My feeling is I probably tried too hard, went over, tried a little bit probably more than I’m doing every day, and that’s never good. I think also he played quite well and he was the one who was pushing me over the limits.

When it’s like that, it’s very difficult to make a statement out there, to make a decent match.

Q. If you had to identify two things that make him different from all other players, what would you say?

IVAN LJUBICIC: There are not two; there are many. But return and movement.

Q. Is it one of the best matches he’s played against you?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, you have to ask him. I would really like to hear what he’s going to say about the match because my feeling definitely that it is.

But, as I said, it’s my point of view. I don’t know what people outside saw, what his feeling is. But I didn’t felt like he gave me many chances today out there.

Q. You had a high serve percentage in the second set, not too well on second serves. Did you think about taking more chances?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Actually in the second set I tried to slow down the game a bit. In the first set I tried really to play fast game, and obviously that suits his game perfectly. But I thought maybe that’s the only chance I can trouble him a little bit.

But it was not the case. I stayed back a little bit on returns and tried to make a little more rallies instead of just ripping the ball. I mean, of course didn’t work that either.

Q. On your serves, going for more.

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, I can’t really go much more on the serve, especially from that side where you have the sun in your eyes, it’s really difficult with the ball toss. It’s not about the serve. I mean, you can’t win a match only with the serve, especially not against Roger.

I think his percentage was very high. I didn’t see the numbers, but he didn’t give me really many second serves that I could maybe step in and try to lead the rally. But he knows me very well. I guess he did that on purpose.

Q. I think it could be said you conquered the world last year when you led Croatia to the championship of the Davis Cup, but you can’t beat Federer. Is he that much apart in men’s tennis?

IVAN LJUBICIC: For me, he definitely is. I don’t know for the others, but for me. I really consider myself top 5 player in the world, which it doesn’t mean that I am close to Roger. I think he’s really much better than I am, and then probably anyone else. The only player who can give him some trouble at the moment, it’s Rafael Nadal. But I think just because he’s lefty, nothing else.

But we’ll see. I mean, when he’s on top of his game, there’s no one out there who can give him any trouble. It depends mainly on him.

Q. Last year it seemed like you were right there in this tournament. Did that encourage you today, “I almost did it last year”?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Actually, I watched that match on tape just before coming here. But it was different conditions because was night session. There was no sun. So for my serve, it’s much better if it’s night session and if conditions are perfect. Like indoors, also, in Shanghai, we played great match, 7-6 in the third. In Rotterdam, 7-6 in the third. So for me it’s much better if we play in steady conditions instead of a little wind out there and sunshine. So it was definitely different match.

But I think he definitely played better today than he played last year.

Q. Did you just watch that tape or other tapes?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, just that, because I had only one tape in my home. Accidentally it was that one. It was two weeks ago in Monte-Carlo. I watched with my coach. Because I thought that match was really good, one of the best matches I played last year. We saw a couple things that maybe I could improve. But not because I wanted to beat Roger or anything against him, but just to try to realize what I can improve in my game or what things are different now than they were a year ago.

Q. Croatia is still in the Davis Cup this time.

IVAN LJUBICIC: Yes.

Q. Are you confident you can win it again?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Why not? We won it last year. I don’t see why we can’t do it again. We are a young team, nothing really changed since last year, not many things. We have now Argentina at home. I think also you can say that we can win that one, and then we’ll see.

Semis would be potential Australia or Belarus, which is again open match. You know, who knows. Why not? We really know how strong we are. We have definitely strong doubles and great two singles. Why not?

Of course, we have to stay healthy. We have to be top fit because then our bench, it’s not very long. So far was going okay. I don’t see why we shouldn’t continue our winning streak.

Source: Noticias.info

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