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.
‘I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE COLLECTION’
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.
PROMOTION OF CROATIA AND ITS BEAUTY
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.
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which two persons was seriously injured and four had light injuries while three traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 438 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 97 measures taken due to speeding, 38 measures due to improper stop and parking, 130 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Dubrovnik is well-known for its high property prices. In January, it was noted that Dubrovnik was a leader when it comes property prices in 2017 in Croatia. It seems that Dubrovnik is aiming to be on top in 2018 too.
According to SEEbiz, average demand for flat in Dubrovnik in February averaged 3714 euros per square meter, which is 1.3 percent higher than the previous month, and 9.5 percent higher than last year.
Apart from the real estate prices, Dubrovnik is also interesting because of the fact that, unlike most other cities, the prices of flats are lower than house prices, and in February the difference was as high as 449 euros per square meter.
Data from Crozilla.com, specialised Croatian property website, shows that the square meter of house, in February, had an average price of 4163 euros, which is 0.5 percent less than a month before, but compared to the same month last year, 8.6 percent higher, as well as 10.6 percent higher compared to February 2016.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County dominates when it comes to the land prices too. The highest prices demanded for construction land on Crozilla.com during February were advertised in our county: 177 euros per square meter, which is 18.8 percent higher than last year.
Crozilla.com showed that during the month of February in Dubrovnik people mostly browsed for apartments for sale, followed by rental apartments and then houses for sale.
Finding a suitable rental apartment in this area is sometimes a mission impossible, but foreign visitors to Crozilla.com were optimistic and during February, along with those in Zagreb, they mostly searched for the rental apartments in Dubrovnik.
Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 15th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 22nd to 25th of March, or more precisely from Thrusday to Sunday.
All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.
This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.
-This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year we shall continue with the promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products and we are preparing a series of educational roundtables, lectures, presentations, attractive cultural, entertaining and culinary attractions - it's stated on the Mediterranean Fair official website.
For many years, in this spring, the shores of the National Park Mljet get full of enormous amounts of marine waste. Unfortunately, that happened last weekend – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports. Located on the southern coast of Mljet, bays Gonoturska and Blace are again buried the garbage.
During the winter period when the southern winds dominate this area, backed by sea currents stretching along our coast, enormous amounts of communal, but also medical waste, become a huge problem that employees have been struggling with for years in the Mljet National Park.
-Since we have been facing the same problems for several years, we can safely say that most of the waste comes from neighboring countries of Albania and Montenegro, because of southern winds and sea currents, which is clearly visible on the waste labels we collect on the spot – they commented for Dubrovacki vjesnik.
In recent years, the National Park Mljet, along with the great efforts of its own staff that keeps everything clean, has created great voluntary cleaning programs. However, they feel like they are fighting the same battle a year after year.
-We send this appeal to public to responsible behavior with waste and we ask all those at higher levels to try to raise the problem at international level because the seriousness of this problem, which occurs year after year in ever-greater and larger proportions certainly deserves it – they concluded.
From summery T-shirts and shorts to full length fur coats and boots, the historic Old City of Dubrovnik yesterday was a combination of all these in one.
The first cruise ship of the year arrived in Dubrovnik, Viking Star, and the city had a summer feel as locals and tourists strolled up and down the main street.
The rest of Europe is either under a blanket of snow or is struggling to cope with flood waters, but Dubrovnik lapped up the UV rays on Sunday.
Check out the Sunday photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.