Thursday, 02 April 2020

On the occasion of the meeting of the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, with the Croatian government in Zagreb a few days ago, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, emphasized that the Croatian government stands for the opening of the British labour market to Croatian workers.

The Croatian government has been trying to use the Brexit negotiations in order to make Great Britain open its market to workers from Croatia.

Great Britain is one of the EU countries that introduced a transitional measure of limiting the freedom of movement of workers from the Republic of Croatia by the 30th of June 2018 at the latest; however, it can prolong the limitation for a maximum of two years.

‘’Considering the total number of Croatian citizens and the size of the labour market, the decision of the United Kingdom not to prolong limitations for Croats on its labour market would not affect the dynamics of the British labour market and would be very positively accepted in Croatia’’, commented the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

At the meeting, the Secretary of State presented the latest thoughts of the British government about future relations between the UK and the European Union and reported about British attitudes related to the current round of negotiations.

The video for Croatia's Eurovision song 'Crazy' by Franka Batelic has been published and the reactions have been, well, crazy.  

Franka Batelic, who wrote the song, will represent Croatia on the Eurovision song contest that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal this year.

Even though the video was just published it has already collected almost 5 thousand views (they are probably growing while we are writing this) and a bunch of comments. Many Eurovision fans said that this could be a winner.

-From the first moment that I've heard the teaser for this song - I could tell just how amazing it could be. And it was worth the wait! Powerful, intense, emotional... Top 5 potential. Good luck Croatia on ESC 2018 – wrote one of the commentators.

It is for sure a special song, pretty different from all the others that presented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest before. It is combined with powerful video and we are not surprised that it already drawn much attention from all over the world. For example, the teaser published about 10 days ago has almost half a million views.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held from May 8th to May 10th. Franka will perform in the second half of the first semi-final.

Franka follows Jacques Houdek as the Croatian representative. Houdek qualified to the grand finale of the 2017 contest, where he placed 13th with 138 points.


A combination of the high tides and the heavy rain has once again brought floods to the Lapad coastline. This is unfortunately a fairly regular occurrence on this stretch of Dubrovnik coastline.

Projects to solve the infrastructure have come and gone over the years like the tides, yet still the residents are left worrying will the water reach their doorsteps.

From the Batala suburb to the petrol station the whole section of road is under water. Cars can still pass but pedestrians need a pair of sturdy boats to wade through the flood water.

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Even though it is not news at the global level, it is a novelty in Croatia.

Greenery Procaffe in the Croatian capital of Zagreb is the first cafe bar in the country, which offers ''coffee printing''.

Guests of the cafe bar choose the desired motif via the mobile application Coffee Ripples and then send it to the cafe bar printer. The motif is that printed with coffee to avoid spoiling the taste of the hot beverage.

Thus, guests can choose whatever motif they can think of, from headlines, banners, funny pictures to selfies.

The young married couple Marija and Mate Nosić converted the former place into this unusual cafe bar, so all guests, including themselves, can pick up their cup of coffee with pleasure and enjoy it.


The Maritime Executive, one of the leading sources for breaking maritime and marine news, including shipping news, offshore news, piracy news and many more has just published an article about Dubrovnik. The title of the article says it all – Dubrovnik maintains its status as ''Pearl of the Adriatic''.

- With over one million passenger arrivals and 500 ships per year, the port of Dubrovnik is among the world's busiest cruising destinations, second only to Venice. Its rich history, scenic architecture and its many festivals have attracted travelers for generations – The Maritime Executive writes.

It brings a small fact sheet about the growing popularity of Dubrovnik now when it's a trending filming destination – from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Robin Hood and (fingers crossed) upcoming James Bond filming.

As expected from the website that is specialized in maritime news, the main part of the article talks about the changes in the cruise tourism in Dubrovnik, after the mayor Mato Frankovic asked Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for help in managing the flow of visitors through the Old City, in order to preserve its historic beauty.

-His administration has launched a three-year plan for the sustainable development of the city's cultural resources, dubbed "Respect the City," and with the assistance of private sector partners he expects "to reach the optimum distribution of visitors by 2020." – writes The Maritime Executive, adding that Frankovic also visited Port of Los Angeles to learn a bit more.

The article states that big-ship cruising isn't the only way to visit Dubrovnik and that are a lot of small ship options. See the full article here.

On Thursday the 8th of March the whole world celebrates International Women’s Day, it’s time to spoil that special lady in your life. And what better way to enjoy yourself than a meal that you’ll never forget.

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The iconic Dubrovnik restaurant, Orka, has created a menu for the big day that is sure to leave a great impression. Located on the Lapad coast this waterfront eatery has been serving amazing food for years and a recent facelift means now you can eat in style. Simple and genuine flavours were the two things we aimed at when creating our menu. Restaurant Orka have tried to present you a modern interpretation of fresh, local ingredients. Even their bread is freshly baked every day. Their fish is fresh and the meat is of high quality.

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For this International Women’s Day the chef has certainly pulled out all the stops, with a special meat menu and fish menu.

Check out the meat menu

Beef tartar
Mushroom soup
Pork fillet on a bed of rosemary
Dessert of your choice

We love the sound of the all of that and especially the pork fillet. And all guests receive a welcome aperitif and a tasty starter.

Price per person – 180.00 Kuna

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And for all those lovers of seafood and fish check out the fish menu

Fish tartar
Scampi soup
White fish fillet on a bed of pumpkin
Dessert of your choice

Again a creative and interesting menu for those fish lovers. 

Price per person – 180.00 Kuna

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Contact details

Address - Restaurant Orka, Lapadska obala 11a, 20000 Dubrovnik

Telephone for reservations - +385 99 690 3334

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One of the world’s most powerful brands has decided to go completely ‘’eco’’.

The Danish Lego Group has confirmed that they are in the process of creating an entire line of ecological and recycled bricks and figurines for children’s play.

The cult manufacturer of the most popular playing interlocking bricks decided to create bricks that are made through sustainable processes but which can also be easily recycled. New Lego bricks will be available in various shapes and figurines such as trees, bushes, leaves and similar vegetation.

The main goal of the Lego Group is to make all lines and bricks eco friendly by 2030. This line is the first step in that direction. Bricks and figurines are being made of polyethylene, soft and durable plastic based on sugar cane from Brasil in a maximum sustainable process. They do not differ from conventional figurines and meet all the parameters and standards of the former Lego figurines and sets.

We are looking forward to see the first ‘’eco’’ Lego figurines and bricks in Croatian stores but in the meanwhile you can check this interesting Lego video

Every year the United Nations (UN) marks World Wildlife Day on the 3rd of March.

This year’s World Wildlife Day is dedicated to big cats under the theme ‘’Big cats – predators under threat’’.

As the lion is a symbol of Africa, the lynx (a small cat of a big value) is a precious symbol of the global natural heritage, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been warning.

The presence of the lynx, a wild cat that lives concealed, positively affects the entire ecosystem; its preservation in the Dinaric region is of great importance.

Therefore, two international projects are being implemented in Croatia in order to provide solutions to threats that endanger the survival of this cat.

Improving human coexistence with large carnivores in Europe is the main aim of the new international project LIFE EuroLargeCarnivores, which is being implemented in Croatia and Slovenia by the WWF Adria.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb, the University of Karlovac and the BIOM Association are implementing the LIFE Lynx project, within which the lynx from the Carpathians will be populated in Croatia and Slovenia in order to stop mating in kinship that endangers the survival of the entire population.

‘’The only hope to save the lynx on our territory is by the enrichment of the genetic material by bringing new individuals. The entire project team is happy that by stopping the extinction of the lynx is helping to preserve the overall biodiversity of the Dinaric forests’’, commented Tomislav Gomerčić, a professor from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were ten traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which one person was seriously injured and four had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 384 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 100 measures taken due to speeding, 15 due to improper overtaking, 35 measures due to improper stop and parking, 65 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

David Garett, world famous violinist, will perform in Croatia, as a part of his ‘Explosive’ tour. The concert will be held on October 13th (so you have more than enough time to plan your trip) in the Arena Zagreb and will surely be a hit.

Garett is a German pop and crossover violinist and recording artist, known for his special style – it's said that he blurred the lines between Mozart and Metallica.

He started playing violin as a little child and received his first Stradivarius violin at the age of 11, courtesy of German president Richard von Weizsäcker, after having performed for him. During his career he has sold more than three million albums to this date and has won 23 gold and 16 platinum awards all over the world.

He has held more than 1,500 concerts and some of his loyal fans are British Queen Elizabeth, former US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and many others.

He has also been able to set the world record for violin performance, for the fastest violin player - in 2008 and 2010 in Guiness World Records show for 66.56 or 65.26 seconds performance of the Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov without a mistake He is also a well-known composer - for the album on the current tour, he composed 11 compositions.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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