Monday, 22 October 2018

The state of the three fires in Dubrovnik-Neretva County is under control, but all three fires are still active. Canadairs arrive in Konavle and Kula Norinska and during the night the fire continued to activate due to wind, and started to spread near the houses. 35 people were evacuated and transferred to Trpanj – it’s stated from the Emergency Centre 112.

At the fire that started yesterday around 9 am at the hills of Konavle there were 40 firefighters and 30 vehicles.A canadair also came, but left after a short period of time because wind was too strong. The fire spreads in two directions and is still under control. For now, it doesn’t represent danger to houses.

During yesterday, there was more smoke and fire warnings at the fire at Orebic – Mokalo but firefighters stopped the spread of fire. There was a normalization of traffic, and the Blato-Putnikovici transmission line was again opened. Part of the fire brigade was sent to the fires at Kula Norinska and Konavle, and there are still about 150 firefighters on the field. The fire location is monitored. 

During the night, fires at Konavle and Kula Norinska municpality were monitored and fought with. This morning, at 6:59 am the Emergency Center 112 sent requests for canadairs at these two locations. 

At the Kula Norinska the situation satisfactory. Because of the need of fighting with fire, the power lines in the area were turned off, but went on again at 7.40 pm.

Europe House Dubrovnik, a Dubrovnik based association, is organizing the celebration of the European Day of Languages for the fifth year in a row. The program has been prepared in cooperation with a number of educational institutions, cultural associations and honorary consulates. Participants, mostly children and young people, will read, recite, sing and perform short plays - all in various languages. Tourists, no matter what country they come from, can join, and say some words or sing in their mother tongues, as well.


In the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik, in front of the St. Blaise Church, a celebration of European languages will be held tomorrow starting at 10.30.

The celebration of European linguistic diversity is the first activity in this year's program of Europe House Dubrovnik within the Time to Move campaign, a Europe wide collection of events for young people, organized every October by the Eurodesk platform, aiming to inform young people about various mobility opportunities.

As the knowledge of foreign languages contributes enormously to professional opportunities of young people in tourism, which is the main local economy, Europe House Dubrovnik and its partners mark with the program Let's Celebrate European (Linguistic) Diversity also the World Tourism Day (September 27).


Europski dom Dubrovnik / Europe House Dubrovnik (EHD) was founded in March 1995 as a non-profit, non-party and non-governmental association. The founding goals were to affirm the concept of European unification, to inform Croatian citizens, especially young people, on the progress of European integration, to foster their understanding, tolerance and dialogue with the citizens of other states, and to promote Croatia through cooperation with foreign governmental and non-governmental organizations.

EHD organizes educational workshops, lectures, exhibitions, round tables, media campaigns, celebrations for Europe Day, international seminars and conferences. Besides releasing its own publications, EHD also collects and distributes publications on various aspects of European integration, in several European languages.

Association's activities are mostly youth-oriented. One of EHD's current programmes is therefore Regional Youth Info Centre. But the doors of Europe House Dubrovnik are open to foreign visitors of Dubrovnik, too, as the association organizes every summer free-of-charge mini courses of Croatian language. More information about the courses, which, after four seasons, became the landmark of the association situated in an easy-to-find environment of Nikole Tesle Street in Dubrovnik, you can find here.

Almost 80 percent of Croatians hold and use a credit card and the number of payment cards used by the end of last year was 8.9 million, according to data released at an international congress on credit cards.

Contactless cards are on the rise in the country with almost 24 percent of all payments cards now the “wave and pay” option.

Around 3.38 million Croatians - or 79 percent of all citizens - have at least one payment card. Around 52 percent of card-holders only have debit cards, and on average there are 2.5 cards per user issued.

The value of transactions paid for by cards also continues to grow. In 2017 there were more than 430 million card payments registered in the country, worth in total 148.4 billion kuna (€20 billion). The number of transactions rose by 8.4 percent compared to 2016, while their value rose 6.8 percent.

There were also close to 5,000 ATMs installed in the country in 2017, and around 120,000 card payment machines.

The second edition of the Unseen Mini Film Festival starts today in Cavtat and in the next five days will bring three movie selections, two workshops and three concerts!

The opening of the festival is tonight at 8 pm at the Hotel Supetar Park in Cavtat and it will be followed by screening of two films. The first will be Almost Nothing: So Continues the Night by Davor Sanvincenti, awarded Octavian for the best experimental film on Croatian Film Days, which will start at 8:30 pm. At 9 pm, Occupied cinema by Senka Domanovic, that premiered at the Liburnia Film Festival, will be shown. In the music part of the evening, Porto Morto band will hold a concert at 10 PM.

By the end of September, during the second Unseen mini film festival, audience will have the opportunity to see three great film selections.The festival jury (Ana Opalic, Ivana Ivkovic and Srdjana Cvijetic) made a selection of 17 films chosen within the ones applied to the open call, in line with the thematic focus of this year’s festival and the consideration of alternative geography of the film.

For more information, visit the official website.


After catastrophic fires at Orebic and Neretva Valley, another fire broke out in Konavle hills. It started near place Siljesci. Gras and low plants are on fire and the members of the Public Fire Department of Konavle and volunteer Fire Department Cilipi are trying to stop it.

Amongst those who are trying to fight the Konavle fire, some of them just returned from Orebic!

According to the firefighters, they are hoping to be able to locate the fire, so it doesn’t reach larger proportions.

The state of the fires in the Dubrovnik Neretva County is critical. The fire in Orebic has not yet been placed under the supervision of the firefighters, while another major fire in the Neretva Valley in the municipality of Kula Norinska threatens the inhabited places, Kula Norinska, Matijevici and Momici. The fire came about a hundred yards from family houses. The fire front stretches over fifty acres of space and the job of the firefighters is even more difficult because of the north wind and an inaccessible terrain.

At the very entrance to Orebic in the settlements of Mokalo and Stankovici, several family houses were burnt down. People were in fear and panic during the whole night.

At 8 am, in Orebic, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense, General Damir Krsticevic, a session of the Dubrovnik - Neretva County Crisis Staff was attended by representatives of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Orebic Municipality, Director of State Protection and Rescue Administration Ivica Lozancic, Chief Firefighter Commander Slavko Tucakovic , Deputy of the County Prefect Josko Cebalo, representatives of the Mountain Rescue Service and all institutions operating in these crisis situations.

General Krsticevic was firstly at the field, where he saw the scale of this catastrophic fire that has caught Orebic surroundings. He praised three hundred firefighters who, through superhuman efforts, managed to defend the houses.

-Unfortunately, a few houses have burnt down. But it is good that there were no injured people - General Krsticevic said at the beginning of the session of the Protection and Rescue Department, which was closed to the public.

- I would like to thank all those involved in extinguishing fire, firefighters, tourists and the local population. Such co-operation is proof of the work of Homeland Security, and the task of the Croatian Army is to help the people in hard times - General Krsticevic said.

Since the early morning hours, the candairs are trying to extinguish the Orebic fire. They couldn’t do it yesterday because of the strong north wind.

- Our pilots are very brave. But they simply could not act because of the turbulences that are specific here in Orebic - Krsticevic said.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic had an inaugural visit yesterday by the Ambassador of Thailand Jakkrit Srivali, who resides in Dubrovnik as part of a visit to the Thai community in Croatia.

On this occasion, the Mayor and Ambassador, whose headquarters for this part of Europe in Hungary, discussed the current tourist situation in Dubrovnik, cruising tourism and future growth, and on the possibility of developing investments in some other industry, except tourism.

The Mayor highlighted the projects that are currently ongoing with a aim of strategic planning of sustainable tourism development, as well as some of the projects to be funded from EU funds such as establishing free wifi in the area of the Old City. He also pointed the other industries in which the City invests, such as financing modern technology and start-up companies.

The Ambassador expressed gratitude to the Mayor for the reception and expressed the desire to promote Thai cuisine in Dubrovnik due to its lack of gastronomic offer in Dubrovnik as well as Croatia in general.


There is currently no large open fire at Orebic on Peljesac! During the whole night, firefighters held the defense line three miles from Postup to Glabalovo, fighting with the wind. Meteorologists announce moderate to strong north wind, occasionally with stormy strokes that will gradually deteriorate.

The fire brigade commander of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Stjepan Simovic pointed out that the situation is better, but firefighters, of course, remain in the field.

-We have to be careful, there is occasionally a smaller flame that the wind can easily flourish. For now, the fire is far from over - Simovic said.

There are still several hundred firefighters from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and other parts of Croatia, as well as members of the Croatian Army and other emergency services. During the morning, Canadairs are expected to try to help again, since yesterday that was impossible because of the strong wind.

Minister of Defence, Damir Krsticevic has urgently convened a meeting of the County Fire Department of the Dubrovnik Neretva County, which will started at 8.00 am in Orebic.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board attends this year's IFTM Top Resa Paris Fair, which takes place from 25th to 28th of September. The Fair is held for the 40th time and is the most important French international travel and tourism fair. IFTM Top Resa is made exclusively for tourism professionals.

About 160 destinations at 350 stands are presented at Top Resa and every year the fair is visited by more than 30 tourist professionals.

At this fair, the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County performs together with the Croatian Tourist Board and the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb at a joint stand.

In the first eight months of this year, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by 104,473 French tourists, who made 386,063 overnight stays, which is 2.4 percent more in arrivals and 1.5 percent more in the overnight stays compared to the same period of 2017.

An uncertain, difficult and dramatic night is waiting for more than 300 firefighters who have been fighting for the catastrophic fires in Orebić on Pelješac for the past 13 hours.

Fires are still burning on the hills above Orebić, around five kilometres from the town, although they are not threatening property or people at this moment. The gale force winds have subsided slightly although the mountainous terrain is making it difficult to fight the fires.

Most firefighters are located on the outskirts of the fires, providing protection for housing and residents.

"Nothing is over; the fire is active but for now it is not endangering settlements. All borders of the fires are under control. We are ready for a dramatic night, as things now stand, there is a possibility of more strong winds until tomorrow night, "explained the Chief of the Orebić Fire Brigade Nikša Nogalo.


Nogalo also pointed out that firefighting units of from all over Dalmatia, from Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Dubrovnik and almost all the units of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, as well as all volunteer fire fighters are involved in the action. As well as members of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, the Red Cross and numerous civilian volunteers.

"It's not time to look for causes, it's time to rescue the houses and the people. Several residential buildings have been damaged and fields have been damaged, we will know the full extent of the damages later,” Nogalo added.


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