Thursday, 22 March 2018

Whilst most of the rest of northern Croatia is under another blanket of fresh snow the summer seems to have arrived earlier than planned in Dubrovnik, it is bikini weather.

The finalists of the Miss Universe Croatia contest posed around the pool of the five-star Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera in Zupa today. The final of the Croatian leg of the Miss Universe contest will be held on the 21st of April in Zagreb.

The ladies today were joined by Shanaelle Petty, Miss Universe Croatia 2017, who in November last year was placed in the top 15 at the Miss Universe finals.

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One of McDonald's signature products is celebrating its 50th birthday all over the world this year.

The Big Mac is a hamburger sold by the one of the most influential fast food restaurant chains on the planet. It was introduced in the Greater Pittsburgh area in the United States in 1967 and nationwide in 1968.

This year the popular hamburger is celebrating its first 50 years worldwide including Croatia. In McDonald's restaurants across the country, the Big Mac will be served with little bacon to celebrate its birthday together with its customers.

The legendary Big Mac consists of two 45.4 g beef patties, "special sauce" (a variant of Thousand Island dressing), iceberg lettuce, American cheese, pickles, and onions, served in a three-part sesame seed bun.

In addition, in the last quarter of 2017, globally popular McDonald’s earned $5,34 billion, more than analysts expected ($5,26 billion).

The financial director at McDonald’s Kevin Ozan recently announced that the company would invest around $2,4 billion of its capital and open up to 1,000 new restaurants around the world in 2018. This global expansion of the popular fast food chain also includes the opening of three new restaurants in Croatia.

McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on the 2nd of February 1996. Over the past 22 years, it has been operating in the country opening restaurants in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Šibenik, Pula, Sisak, Varaždin, Velika Gorica and Karlovac. In the last business year, the franchise giant came to Slavonski Brod and opened its 29th restaurant in Croatia.

The popular Flos Olei guide has declared the Croatian region of Istria the best extra virgin olive region on the planet for the third year in a row.

The Italian-English world guide for extra virgin olive oils ''Flos Olei 2018'' offers insight into the results of a thorough tasting of large numbers of specimens, presenting olive growing from 51 countries on five continents. This popular "Bible" of extra virgin olive oils included 77 oils from Croatia out of which 75 are from Istria and 2 from Dalmatia.

Therefore, products of Istrian olive growers and olive oil makers have found their place among the 500 best olive oils in the world accounting for 15 percent in the global community of the highest quality extra virgin olive oils.

''For the third year in a row Istria was declared the best olive region in the world taking into account the largest number of included olive growers. We are exceptionally proud of the success of our olive growers who have only confirmed that Istrian olive oils are well known and appreciated at the global level'', commented the Istria County Prefect Valter Flego.

Marijuana packages made a fuss on Saturday, when they floated around Dubrovnik. That day, from the early morning hours police boats have been circling the waters around, trying to locate the marijuana that has floated into Dubrovnik and found some, but apparently – not all. 

Today, three days later, two packages were found at the island of Hvar – reports and adds that they weighted 160 kilos!

It is assumed that the packages have been thrown into the sea from their sailboats while transporting it from Albania or Montenegro to Italy.

As writes, the price of so called Marijuana bricks in Albania can be purchased for 100 to 200 euros, depending on the quality and quantity of the purchase, while in small amounts in the summer season people can earn around 5000 euros for one kilo.

The Croatian Tourist Board's "Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism" promotional video, which was premiered in November last year as part of a performance at the WTM Tourism Fair in London and which has in the short term gained multi-million views on foreign broadcasting markets, was nominated by the "Travel Video Awards’’ for the award in the subcategory" Best Video by a Tourism Organization ". In addition to the promotional video of Croatian Tourist Board, they also nominated "Rhythms of Peru" (Kuoda Travel), "Sabrosura" (Visit Columbia) and "North America" (Jordan Tourism Board).

-We are proud that our latest promotional video, featuring globally recognizable Croatian stars, ambassadors of Croatian tourism was nominated for the prestigious world prize. This nomination represents our professional satisfaction, but also the proof of our creativity and innovativeness, that is, the confirmation that we create top internationally recognizable promotional content in the Croatian tourist community, together with our partners, - - said Head of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristijan Stanicic and invited everybody to vote for the video, that promotes Croatia in the best light, with celebrities such as Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Dean Lovren, Marin Cilic, Dario Saric, Maksim Mrvica, Zrinka Cvitesic and 2Cellos.

"Travel Video Awards" is an organization founded by the independent filmmakers and brands from all over the world who reward innovative and inspirational videos. The awards are given in two main categories, namely the Independent Track category, divided into four sub-categories, and in the category Industry Track, that is divided into five subcategory.
Online voting is open until Saturday, March 31st and the award ceremony will be held on the April 9th in Las Vegas.

Vote here.


In Brazil, in Sao Paulo, a fashion collection by world-renowned designer Fabiana Milazzo was presented, titled 'Croatia collection', inspired by Croatia, Dubrovnik and paintings by the famous Croatian artist Lena Kramaric, who has a Dubrovnik address.

The event was attended by a number of Brazilian film and TV stars, such as Pathy Dejesus, actress and model, Marina Bernardes, digital influencer, Cacá Filippini, digital influencer, as well people from the world of fashion and art and media: among other Vogue and Elle magazines. The event was also visited by Croatian Honorary Consul Oswaldo J.M da Silva while President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is supposed to visit the exhibition today.


Artist Lena Kramaric explained how this interesting cooperation started.
-Fabiana visited Croatia with her husband last summer, Trogir, Hvar and Dubrovnik. She was thrilled with the beauties of Croatia and in Dubrovnik, at Prijeko Palace, with my works and suggested cooperation – says Lena, who is currently getting inspired in Brazil.


Croatia collection will surely attract much attention, since it brings some novelty into designer and art world.

-The collection combines my works and Fabiana's design with the collection pieces I do not only experience as a garment that carries my image. Thanks to Fabiana's thinking about the way I work, techniques and approaches, unique garments were created that I liked in the pictures but I was incomparably more enthusiastic and in love with them when I saw them live – Lena explaines.

This is surely a great compliment to her work that has been admired by the locals for quite some time and now will, hopefully, be well known around the world.

-In my work and development I need changes, challenges and cooperation with other artists through which my work changes, in this case transforms. I am happy to see what my work is recognized at the other end of the world and from a completely different audience. It’s a compliment, confirmation and great motivation for future – Lena says.





This is not only a big thing for Lena Kramaric, but also for Croatia and Dubrovnik.

-Prior to the trip to Sao Paulo, I was hoping that Croatia's collection would promote Croatia in the world and, after her presentation, I realized that it really is. Only on the very day of exhibition, a great many people learned about Croatia and its beauty. A catalog that promotes both the Fabiana's collection and my works, as well as Croatia and Dubrovnik, will be received by each of the Cro collection clothing buyers in Brazil: Sao Paulo and Uberlandia, and Merlose Place in Los Angeles, where Fabiana also has a boutique – Lena commented.

It will be great to see what this artist will make next – maybe a collection inspired by Brazil?

NEM 2018, the biggest TV industry gathering in the CEE region, will take place from 11th – 14th of June for the sixth year in a row in Dubrovnik. With only several months left until the official opening of the event, NEM is gradually revealing details of its rich programme prepared for 2018.

This year's New Europe Market (NEM) event will host seven panel discussions with esteemed, highly-relevant speakers and key players from the TV industry, as well as useful and ever interesting case studies and presentations. Recognizable and irreplaceable elements of NEM, the private screening room and market area, have experienced upgrades in their size and look. The private screening room will be focused not only on world production, but on local production, too. In this way, NEM will put a stronger emphasis on content which has, over the past few years, undergone great changes considering how audiences view television.

The significance NEM 2018 has for its attendees is borne out by Anette Schaefer, Vice President of TV Business Europe for Deutsche Telekom AG: “NEM is the key marketplace in the CEE region for international programming. NEM not only connects content sellers & buyers, it is the event for TV industry key decision makers to explore new business models and latest entertainment trends.”

Just like the private screening room, some of the panel discussions will focus on international and local production and its relevance for attracting and keeping viewers. NEM 2018 also tackles the question of ever-growing digitalization and accompanied content. Furthermore, there is the question of advertising and how to strike a balance between profit and viewer satisfaction.

Something new, but certainly controversial, is a discussion about the problems of piracy in the CEE region and in general and how this unwanted situation can be turned for the better. On the eve of the football World Cup, NEM will tackle the question of the steeply rising cost of sports TV rights. Last, but not the least is the panel about children user experience in terms of technology.

Founder of NEM, Sanja Božić-Ljubičić, revealed what we can expect from this year's edition of this event and its panel topics: “Every year Mediavision organizes NEM trying to be two steps ahead of the game we play and the business we love the most, the media. NEM is proud to bring together the most important players in the CEE region, but also the world, in order for us all to learn from our own experiences and mistakes.”

An announcement of the abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens in the United Kingdom was sent British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković today. Plenkovic welcomed this decision from Downing Street, and Croatia will respond reciprocally to British citizens, and they will also be able to work freely in Croatia from the 1st of July.

"This Decision means that Croatian citizens will be equalized in the United Kingdom's right of access to the labour market with all other EU citizens on the 1st of July 2018. It is the result many negotiations between the two prime ministers and the wider political and diplomatic activities Croatia has undertaken in the past period and will further stimulate the development of partnerships and bilateral relations after the United Kingdom's exit from the EU, “commented the Croatian government.

The abolition of restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens has recently been announced by Malta, the former British colony, and today the smallest member of the EU. This means that further restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens within the EU remain only in the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia. Other EU members have already abolished the restrictions on the employment of Croatian citizens.

Even though Croatia is a relatively small country with slightly more than 4 million inhabitants, it is a surprising fact that it has 120 super millionaires. Croatia is known as a country of contrasts and diversity, but this is normally regarding culture, geography and even cuisine, but it would also seem that it is a country of financial contrasts.

According to data from the London consulting company Knight Frank for 2017, the number of super millionaires with assets over $30 million increased by 33 percent in Croatia over the past decade.

Interestingly, the figures in Croatia are twice as high as they are in Europe (17%), but considerably less than the world average (42%).

The latest estimate from Knight Frank shows that Croatia has around 120 super millionaires in the ‘’heavyweight’’ category with more than $30 million worth assets, out of which 11 of them has net assets worth more than $100 million.

Croatia also has almost 12,000 millionaires in the ‘’lightweight’’ category, with assets worth more than $1 million.

These data do not refer to the total number of the Croatian super rich only to those who are registered in the country, if the number of Croatian diaspora were added the number would be considerably higher.

Considering the latest figures about the number of births and deaths in Croatia as well as an ever-increasing immigration wave of Croats to other European countries, maybe the country should think about selling Croatian passports to foreigners.

When it comes to other European countries, Malta is the latest EU member country that has offered foreigners the possibility to obtain Maltese citizenship for money, or to be more precise, 650,000 Euros. On the other hand, countries such as Portugal, Spain and Hungary have imposed foreigners a requirement for acquiring real estate or government bonds in their countries in order to obtain their passports. Which opens the question, how much would a Croatian passport cost? 

As far as Croatia is concerned, the current legal solution allows a foreigner to obtain Croatian citizenship based on his/her residence in the country that is longer than eight years, marriage with a Croatian citizen or based on the knowledge of Croatian language. However, a foreigner can apply for and obtain Croatian citizenship even though he/she does not meet these conditions in case the Ministry of the Interior estimates that it is in the interest of the state (as was the case with the world’s chess champion Garry Kasparov and the weightlifter Nikolay Peshalov who represented Croatia at 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games).

The latest data from the Ministry of the Interior shows that over the past four years 175 foreigners acquired Croatian citizenship because it was in the interests of the state.

When it comes to the total number of foreigners who applied for Croatian citizenship in the period from 2013 to 2017, there were 18,772 applications, out of which 14,195 foreigners got a Croatian passport.

Interestingly, the number of foreigners who applied for Croatian citizenship slightly increased when Croatia became an EU member. In the first year of the membership in the European Union, 3,138 foreigners applied for Croatian citizenship. Last year, 4,675 foreigners applied for citizenship.

In numerous attempts to attract foreign investment to Croatia the former Government and the former Prime Minister Zoran Milanović considered the possibility of offering so-called ‘business citizenship’ to foreigners, however, the idea was never realized.




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