Saturday, 25 September 2021

From mid-June to mid-September 2019 more than 22.3 million vehicles used the motorways managed by the state company HAC and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway (ARZ). In total, some 1.22 billion kuna (€165 million) was collected in tolls without VAT, HAC said on Monday.

Compared with the same period in 2018, the number of vehicles increased by 3.8 percent and the amount of tolls collected rose by 3.1 percent.

Tolls charged between June 15 and September 15 are about 10 percent higher than in the rest of the year. For example, the toll charged for passenger cars travelling from Zagreb to Split was HRK 200, compared with HRK 181 as of September 15.

Looking at the period from the start of the year to September 15, the number of vehicles increased by 4.85 percent and the amount of tolls collected went up by 4.64 percent compared with the same period last year, HAC said.

Sunday was 'The Fast and the Furios' day for 43-year-old Hungarian who drove his McLaren on the highway near Ploce a way over the speed limit. For winning the title of the fastest driver in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, he was driving from Ploce to Split with the speed 216 km/h, at the place where the traffic sign limits speed to 130 km/h.

Because of this he was fined with five thousand kuna fine and a protective measure, banning him the use of a foreign driving license in Croatia for one month.

Representatives of the City of Dubrovnik participated in the traditional GDi Solutions Day conference held on Thursday in Zagreb at the Kaptol Boutique Cinema. The conference was attended by 250 experts who discussed the topics of smart society and business and the impact of climate change on life, business and business processes. Special honors were also awarded in three categories, and the City of Dubrovnik received the 3D Urban Planning Award for the Smart and Sustainable City in the "GDi Smart Society 2019" category.

The award was received by the Head of the Department for Urbanism, Physical Planning and Environmental Protection Jelena Loncaric, who represented the City of Dubrovnik together with Senior Advisor Franjo Barisic. Loncaric also participated in the interesting panel discussion, with representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Natura Viva Public Institution and the Environmental and Energy Efficiency Fund. The panel discussed the economic impact of climate change and investment and infrastructure construction as a mechanism for managing climate change.

In other categories, the Ministry of Agriculture's Fisheries Directorate was recognized for its innovative idea of traceability in the food chain from sea to table, in the category "GDi Smart Innovation 2019". Generali Insurance has been recognized in the "GDi Smart Industry 2019" category for its geo-cloud flood, earthquake and landslide risk management solution.

Always a welcome guest, a Swedish choir Romeo and Juliet returns to Dubrovnik with two performances in the atrium of the Rector's Palace. The concerts take place as part of the 7th International Late Summer Festival Dubrovnik on Tuesday, 17th and Wednesday, September 18th. Concerts start at 9pm.

The Romeo and Juliet Choir concerts are remembered by the Dubrovnik audience as one of the most visited performances at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, because of their spontaneity and ease of understanding Renaissance acts with a touch of wit, and mostly for talented performers - actors, musicians and dancers who have made Renaissance music more interesting to wider audience. Performing music from the Renaissance and early Baroque, the ensemble creates theater concerts that are equally appealing to watch and listen to. Drama, music and choreography are combined into an expressive, playful experience that goes beyond genre commitment. The distinguished way of performing has been developed by its artistic director Benoît Malmberg over almost three decades and has captivated audiences and critics around the world. Since its founding in 1991, the Romeo & Julia Kören has been an artist in residence at the Royal Drama Theater in Stockholm, where it regularly performs.

The ensemble has toured in more than 35 countries and has performed five times at the Nobel Prize banquet and at the wedding of Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

The ensemble's extensive repertoire extends from Italian, Spanish, English and French renaissance and baroque masterpieces to Slavic songs and fiery Swedish folk tunes, songs depicting tender love stories as well as burlesque comedies. A Romeo & Julia Kören ensemble drama concert can be adapted to any space - castle, church, theater, concert hall, garden, city square, school or hospital. They are able to make a theater stage from any space and create and inhabit a magical world for their audience. The plays are in direct contact with the audience, and the goal is to spread joy and pleasure, to enchant and entertain in a warm and personal way.

On Tuesday, September 17, the program brings "Decameron", the work of Italian great artist Giovanni Boccacci - in this case, a drama accompanied by music by Orazio Vecchi, Orlando di Lasso and Rossino Mantovano, in which the Choir will present the novellas of Decameron in a burlesque and dramatic manner: a group of men and women in the plague-infested Florence who try to forget the disease by talking, singing and dancing and want their time to pass faster.

On Wednesday, September 18th, the Choir prepares masterpieces of the French Renaissance and the Italian and English Baroque - Orlando di Lasso, Clément Janequin, Claudi Monteverdi and Henry Purcell.

Women's Bank Walk, a humanitarian action made for raising funds to improve the quality of life by educating and improving women's knowledge in underdeveloped countries, was held yesterday at 6pm in front of Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik.

-The symbolic walk on Stradun could be joined by anyone who wanted it, and on that occasion, cards were distributed to participants with details for payment of donations to the association's account. This major humanitarian action, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was held in cities across Finland and across Europe mostly on the same day, with sponsors donating a certain amount of money for each participant - said the organizers, who gathered outside Sponza Palace.

Reeta Meriläinen, former chairwoman of the Women's Bank's steering committee, the first sports journalist in Finland and former editor-in-chief of the largest Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, was part of the event in Dubrovnik. Rosa Vanhanen, a consul at the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb, arrived in Dubrovnik, where she came from Tehran a year ago, but has been employed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 20 years. Most of the time she has worked in various embassies around the world: Russia, Belgium, China, Turkey, Iran.

The event was also attended by the member of City Hall Council Katarina Dorsner as well as the Head of the Department of Culture and Heritage of the City of Dubrovnik, Ana Hilje.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 21 traffic accidents, in which five persons got heavily injured, 11 persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 1092 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 743 measures taken due to speeding, 59 measures due to improper overtaking, 56 measures for improper stop and parking, 57 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 19 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 12 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatian property prices continue to steadily climb, according to new data prices are 9.5 percent higher than a year ago.

The Croatian Bureau of Statistics have published new statistics on the state of the real estate market in Croatia and in the first half-year of 2019 the average price per 1 m² of new properties sold by trade companies and other legal entities was 12,375 Kuna, or around 1,600 Euro per metre square. Making prices 9.5 percent higher than in the first half-year of 2018.

Interest if new properties is extremely high in the capital Zagreb where prices have risen the most over the past three years. Many properties in the Croatian capital, in the more sought after areas, are almost the same price as along the Croatian Adriatic. Prices in Zagreb rose from 11,656 Kuna per metre squared at the beginning of 2018 to 12,749 at the end of 2018. 


Every week through the height of summer we are hitting the streets of Dubrovnik to discover what you, our visitors, think about the city as a tourist destination. This week we caught up with a couple from Madrid, Pedro and Gracia, who were visiting Dubrovnik for the first time after a friend recommend the city to them.

Pedro and Gracia – Madrid, Spain

What are your impressions of Dubrovnik so far? What have you seen and what have you liked?

We just love it, we only arrived a day ago and what we have seen so far has been truly breath-taking. This is one of the most impressive cities in the world. My brother cam last year and he recommended that we see the city. We are only here for three days but we intend to fill our days.

How satisfied are you with the prices in Dubrovnik? Are we an expensive destination?

So far we are more than satisfied. I think the prices are quite similar with Spain, where we are from, the prices are average for a European destination of this quality.

How could you compare prices with Madrid?

Madrid is probably one of the most expensive cities in Spain, the average price of living is pretty high. If you want to eat in a restaurant or go to a night club, then it’s probably the same price as Barcelona. Dubrovnik, at least so far, seems slightly cheaper than both Madrid and Barcelona.

So you are fans of the Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric?

Yes, absolutely. One of the best central midfield players in the long history of Real Madrid.

How satisfied are you with the level of service you have received in Dubrovnik?

Yes, the level of service has been fairly high, certainly nothing we can complain about. People are friendly and more than willing to help. We ate in a restaurant last night and the service was good, and the prices weren’t expensive.


The jubilee 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival has recently ended and we caught up with the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, to find his impressions after what appears to be another successful season. The Dubrovnik Summer festival might well be the jewel in the crown of Dubrovnik’s cultural calendar but there are also other cultural questions that need addressing.

Upon the completion of the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival one can hear from the artists that the City's attitude towards the festival is much better than before?

It's nice to hear from the artists that the relationship of the city, or rather this city administration, is much better than before. Culture is an extremely important part of our city's life, and the Summer Festival, as a music and stage festival with seven decades of tradition, is one of our powerful symbols, so we continue to support our festival with equal fervour. And not only them, but also other cultural institutions in the City of Dubrovnik.

In your speech during the opening of the festival you mentioned that the festival was facing a financial dilemma, how can we protect the festival from the syndrome of cashing the cash?

My thoughts on “chasing after the money” in my opening speech of the Jubilee Festival were not primarily about culture or the festival. The speed of life, the desire to accumulate material wealth and the alienation from real values, unfortunately, are the determinants of the modern way of life, and this is especially evident in our city because of the great influence of tourism and the opportunity for relatively fast profit. Real values are being lost and focus is shifting from the essentials. That was my criticism. It has been largely criticized and addressed to the culture, but more so in terms of the trend of relying on instant fame and provocation as a way of expression. This was a general observation, not a criticism addressed to today's leadership of the festival. My words were a call for thought, an appeal for sobriety. I think it's time to open our eyes. And the biggest critics have to admit to us that some things have moved for the better. Not everything is perfect, but let's keep going. We will return the measure to every segment of public life and action. Many think this is possible overnight, but it is not. After a decade of carelessness, nothing will happen overnight.

frankovic 2019 festival summer

Why did the City decide to increase the financial allocation for the festival for next year?

The City, as the owner of its public cultural institution, must provide the foundation for its activities and its development, of course with other patrons and sponsors. Finance is an important segment of every festival, including the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. These are financially profitable and logistically demanding projects. Very often we like to compare ourselves with others, especially with the world's leading cultural festivals. If we take, for example, the Salzburg Summer Festival, which are one of the strongest cultural festivals, not only in Europe but in the world, then it must be clear to everyone that their budget is 60 million Euros, while Dubrovnik only spent 3.5 million Kuna until a year ago. Therefore, the comparison is clear, and therefore the need for a stronger budget.

closing of 2019 dubrovnik summer festival

The city government is taking concrete steps to build a concert hall. At least the location is known?

In cooperation with the University of Zagreb, we have defined the location. Therefore, the hall would be located next to the Inter University Centre (IUC), in an area partly owned by the IUC and partly owned by the City of Dubrovnik. We expect that in September we will have talks with Rector Damir Boras, and after that we will start drafting the conceptual project.

Are you satisfied with how much the tourism industry is involved in the logistics of the festival?

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is our brand and I think that the potential is underutilized. I come from tourism and I think we have a lot of room for progress. I reiterate my thesis on corporate social responsibility and ask the question - is the tourism industry participating enough in terms of financing the Summer Festival. Someone will say it's just a "waste of money", however, I don't think it is. Culture is an important part of the identity of the people and it is something that we must nurture and promote.

Without doubt one of the best ways in this digital world to promote a project is to take to social media with a video, and that’s just what the Croatian Ministry of regional Development have done.

The new promotional video is for the worthy “Croatian Island Product” label initiated in the beginning of 2007 to encourage island producers to produce original and quality products.

These products result from island tradition, research and development, innovation and invention with a quantifiable level of quality. They come from restricted island localities and are produced in small batches.

In 2017 the “Croatian Island Product” quality label was awarded to 73 island producers for 141 product and production line, whereas to date the label has been awarded to 279 island producers in total (including 24 eco-produ-cers, 26 producers with the geographical indication mark and 6 producers with protected designation of origin) for 880 products and production lines from 24 islands.

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