Sunday, 25 August 2019

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Davor Bernardic and official Mirela Holy on Friday presented the plan of this Opposition party for the complete legalisation of the use of hemp, which they said would contribute to the economic growth and development of agriculture and tourism in Croatia.

"We hold that the liberalisation and legalisation, controlled by the state, would make an additional impetus to economic growth, and the revenues earned this way could be used for creation of new jobs," the leader of the strongest Opposition party told a news conference in Zagreb.

He said that the latest amendments to the legislation on prevention of drug abuse whereby some segments of the use of hemp for industrial purposes have been legalised cannot lead to the full usage of the potential of hemp.



Holy underscores that there is growing interest in the legalisation of hemp use, however the recent legislative amendments did not facilitate the efforts in that direction.

The SDP officials spoke how locally grown hemp could be used in building materials and also for producing eco-friendly hemp plastic.

Bernardic said that "the use of hemp can alleviate numerous symptoms of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and malignant diseases".

In this context he said that countries such as Canada, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic have annual revenues on aggregate in the amount of $55 billion due to the hemp legalisation.

The legalisation of hemp has a positive impact on the tourist trade, as enjoying freely cannabis can attract new guests, Bernadic said mentioning the example of Amsterdam.

The SDP-sponsored proposal envisages that every adult Croat can grow a maximum nine hemp plants.

Can I pay in Euros in Croatia? Well, the short and official answer is – no. But the slightly longer and slightly less unofficial answer is probably yes, but with a few difficulties.

The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna, even though Croatia joined the European Union back in July 2013 it has yet to adopt the Euro as the official currency. This looks like changing in the future, but as of this present time the Kuna is still the official currency.

This can be a little confusing for cruise ship passengers who arrive in Dubrovnik and expect to continue using their Euros, as they have done in Italy, Greece and Spain, and of course can lead to embarrassing situations when they try to buy an ice-cream only to be told “Sorry No Euros.” In fact, to combat this you’ll see quite a number of shops, restaurants and cafes, and indeed the petrol stations with a sign reading “No Euros!”

Really, I can't pay in Euros! 

Now here comes the unofficial part. In the main tourist destinations up and down the Adriatic coast you’ll probably find that your Euros will actually be accepted. But there is a catch. Even though you might be able to pay in Euros it is unlikely that you’ll get your change in Euros. So you might sit down for a nice seafood lunch, reach for the bill, and end up with a handful of Kunas in your pocket as change. That’s the first but!

The second one is that the rate of exchange you’re going to get at a restaurant, café and shop is probably going to be considerably less than if you change your Euros in a bank or exchange office. In the same way you wouldn’t go to a bank to sip a cocktail, you wouldn’t go to a nightclub to exchange cash.

And the third but! There is a good chance that the restaurant won’t accept Euros at all. By law they aren’t obliged to so don’t go starting an argument. So it’s probably best if you change whatever currency you have into Kunas first, before waiting to be seated. If you aren’t sure that you’ll be able to spend all the Kunas then simply change as much as you have budgeted for on a daily basis.


This is the first in our series of “Most Asked Croatia/Dubrovnik Questions.”

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No matter how weird, wacky or niche they may be we will add them to our already long list


Is Dubrovnik struggling with overtourism? This is the question often asked by locals, media and many others, without any clear answer. However, it’s clear that our city is facing overtourism, if not struggling with it, especially from the latest map published by Vivid Maps.

On the map you can see which countries and cities have the highest number of tourists per capita. On the list of cities Dubrovnik is placed third with 1000 tourist per resident while Croatia is second on the list of countries with 3.78 per resident.

-Overtourism happens when there are so many visitors at a location that it negatively impacts locals and/or tourists themselves – Vivid Maps explain, explaning some effects of overtourism such as:
 locals and tourists alike are stuck in overcrowded streets, public spaces or public transport
 tourist gentrification forces residents out of certain areas
 local traditions and institutions being lost and being replaced by souvenir shops
negative impacts on the environment.

overturismOvertourism map

-The country shading shows which countries have the most tourists in comparison to their population. However, overtourism isn’t the same as mass tourism. Some locations are able to cope with millions of tourists, while others struggle handling a small increase – Vivid Maps write, adding that the greener a country the more likely it is that you’re surrounded by locals during peak season.
Every city or location that is marked with a red dot is either struggling with over tourism or has been repeatedly mentioned in news articles and research related to over tourism.

See the original article here.

The special action “Together for Nina” will continue this Sunday with an event entitled “Dance for Nina.” After the “Run for Nina” race was held in Cavtat last weekend now a program of dance and song will be held in Konavle on Sunday.

Various folklore groups and vocal groups will perform this Sunday starting at 8:30 in Pridvorije in Konvale for the “Together for Nina” action.


Last weekend 430 runners turned up to show their support and help raise much needed funds for the action “Together For Nina.”

Marija Đivanović, a citizen of the Konavle region, is currently undergoing long-term rehabilitation in Zagreb after a car accident in April this year. After emergency intervention and surgery in Zagreb, Nina continued her treatment at a specialized polyclinic, where she is to undergo physical and robotic rehabilitation. Long-term rehabilitation and the cost of accommodation adaptation require considerable material resources that require the assistance of the wider community.

According to the Croatian Financial Agency (Fina), at the end of June this year there were 256,322 blocked citizens, their debt amounted to 16.6 billion kuna, with most debtors in Zagreb - 53.045 of them, with a debt of 4.8 billion kuna.

At the end of June, 9.87 percent of the working-age population of the Croatian capital was blocked.

In Split-Dalmatia County, there were 23,149 blocked citizens with debt exceeding 1.4 billion kna, with the share of blocked citizens in the working age population amounting to 7.6 percent.

In Zagreb County, on the last day of June, 20,409 citizens had blocked accounts, with a debt of more than1.65 billion kuna, which represents a 9.5 percent share of the working age population.

The least blocked citizens, 2,399, were counted in Lika-Senj County. Their debt amounted to 120.1 million kuna, and their share in the county's working age population was 7.63 percent.

In terms of the total population of the county, the most blocked citizens were in Sisak-Moslavina County, 7.40 percent and Koprivnica-Krizevci County, 6.88 percent. These two counties were also in the top when it comes to county’s working population: Sisak-Moslavina 11.22 percent and Koprivnica-Krizevci 10.34 percent.

Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek and Sisak lead the list of 25 cities with the highest number of blocked citizens. There were 53,045 in Zagreb, 9,414 in Split, 8,207 in Rijeka, 6,556 in Osijek, and 4,134 in Sisak.

At the bottom of that list are Krizevci with 1,653 blocked citizens, Dakovo with 1,625 blocked and Kutina with 1,558 blocked citizens.

When it comes to the number of blocked citizens compared to the population, Sisak stands out with 8.65 percent, Cakovec with 8.42 percent, Krizevci with 7.78 percent, Petrinja with 7.66 percent, Bjelovar with 7.17 percent and Zapresic with 7.12 percent of blocked citizens.

According to the average amount of debt, the most blocked are citizens of Velika Gorica, whose average debt amounts to168 thousand kuna. The following are the citizens of Nasice with a debt of104 thousand kuna and Porec with a debt of 101 thousand kuna.

Dubrovnik is an attractive location and it often finds its place on different kinds of bucket lists. The latest feature comes from the website Trips to discover, which put Dubrovnik in the top 12 best vacation destinations for couples.

-Tired of the ordinary, looking for something extraordinary instead? Discover magical destinations across the globe that are practically guaranteed to ignite or re-ignite the spark in any relationship. Taking romantic to a whole new level, whether you want to travel near or far, these are some of the world’s best vacation destinations for couples – it's written in the intro of the article, bringing locations such as Santorini, South Wales, Tanzania, Iceland and of course, Dubrovnik.

-Head to Dubrovnik to enjoy one of the world’s popular spots for romance. Walk in the footsteps of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who used to enjoy their own romantic liaisons in this medieval city, strolling the narrow side streets and marveling at the dazzling turquoise waters of the Adriatic. From here head to one of the many beautiful islands like unspoiled Vis, where some of the country’s most exclusive wines are produced and you’ll find plenty of secluded bays for cozying up together and gazing out at the stunning scenery – it's written in the article.

See the full list here.

With its crystal clear seas, unspoilt nature and thousands of islands there are plenty of reasons why the Croatian Adriatic coastline is a magnet for nautical tourism, and incredibly 40 percent of the world’s yacht charter fleet is in Croatia.

The Secretary of State from the Ministry of Tourism, Tonci Glavina, commented for Croatian radio and Television (HRT) that “As many as 40 percent of the charter fleet in the world is in Croatia. We are the most interesting nautical destination in the world. We are working systematically to increase numbers, but we also need to think about the sustainability and future of this tourism.”


Although the figures are impressive Croatia is actually seeing a slight drop in nautical tourist numbers this year. “The drop is relatively small, between 3 and 4 percent when compared with last year. We have built ourselves as a destination and I expect we will have a really good August and postseason,” added Glavina.


The Dubrovnik - Neretva Police Department have confirmed that an illegal immigrant was caught today at the main Dubrovnik Bus Station.

According to the reports the Algerian national was found hidden under a truck bearing Montenegro number plates and arriving from the same country.

The man was spotted hiding under the truck at 11:55am. He has now been taken into custody and once his identity has been established a prosecution process will begin.


Croatia's public debt at the end of April 2019 totalled HRK 287 billion, going down by 0.3% or by 804 million compared to March, according to the data provided by the Croatian National Bank.

Despite this decline month-on-month, the debt rose by 0.8% or by 2.4 billion in comparison to the end of 2018.

This growth is due to the issuance of government bonds on the domestic market in February, according to the explanation given by Reiffeisen bank analysts. The general government debt came to HRK 282.2 billion at the end of April, up 2.5 billion since the end of 2018.


The official website of the British Government has today released more information for UK citizens living in the European Union.

The new article, which headlines with “The UK will be leaving the EU on the 31st of October 2019” outlines the efforts being made by the UK government to protect the rights of UK citizens living and working in the EU after a no-deal Brexit.

It also states clearly that the UK has already committed itself to protecting the rights of all EU citizens currently living in the UK, and expects other EU member states to follow suit and reciprocate these measures. Whilst some EU members have already stated that they will follow the UK’s lead other EU members have yet to respond or in fact give reassurances of their future plans.



Here is the latest article from the UK government, updated today the 8th of August 2019

UK nationals in the EU after Brexit

The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October 2019.

The government takes citizens’ rights extremely seriously. The UK has committed that the rights of EU citizens living and working in the UK will be protected in any Brexit scenario.

Protecting the rights of UK nationals in the EU is an absolute priority for this government, but the UK cannot protect the rights of UK nationals unilaterally. The government welcomes those commitments already given by all Member States to protecting UK nationals if there is no deal. We continue to encourage Member States to provide the same reassurances to UK Nationals in the EU that we have provided to EU citizens in the UK. We are urging Member States to communicate their detailed plans to UK Nationals as soon as possible.

It remains the government’s preference to leave with a deal. If there is a deal, free movement rights will continue to apply to you as a UK national during the implementation period. This means that you will be able to live in an EU country, enjoying broadly the same rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions as at present.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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