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''The visit of the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier to Moscow is very important for the Croatian business community in Russia and will improve the political and economic relations between the two countries'', commented the representative of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) in Russia Jakov Despot in Moscow a few days ago.
According to Despot, the crisis and problems in the political relations between Russia and Europe led to a significant exports decline of Croatian companies to the Russian market. However, things have improved to a certain extent lately.
On this occasion, the head of the Croatian diplomacy emphasized that a new phase in relations between Zagreb and Moscow began after eleven years of stagnation. ''It has been almost eleven years since the last visit of the Croatian Foreign Minister to Moscow. Therefore, what we are doing here today is the opening of a new phase in the dialogue between Croatia and the Russian Federation'', commented Stier at a press conference.
On the other hand, Stier's counterpart Sergey Lavrov commented that this visit took place two days before the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, and that ‘’the political dialogue is developing dynamically and there is an effort on strengthening the relations between Croatia and Russia’’.
Two countries also expressed their interest in the development of further cooperation especially in the field of economy, thus the two ministers agreed and announced the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission for Cooperation in Moscow in early autumn.
It is interesting to note that there is some unofficial information about a possible meeting of the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic with Vladimir Putin ''as soon as conditions allow''.
After three and a half year project the reconstructed Rector’s Palace in Slano was reopened last week. The Association of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities invested around 15 million Kuna into the reconstruction project and now this important landmark in Slano is back and shining again.
This is the first of the 11 Rector’s Palaces that the association looks after that has been restored. During the time of the Republic of Dubrovnik the Palace in Slano was the seat for the Rector of Primorje. In 1806 the palace was burnt to the ground. Then again in 1991 the palace suffered a similar fate. Now the palace has been completely restored and is sure to be an attraction for tourists.
Once again the renowned cellist Ana Rucner will welcome in the first day of summer with a spectacular concert overlooking Dubrovnik. As the sun comes up for the first day of summer 2017 Rucner will perform a concert on the Srd Mountain. This is the sixth year that this concert has been held and entrance is free of charge. You will have to get up early as the concert starts, well at the crack of dawn of course, at 5.00am.
Rucner is one of the most innovative classical artists to emerge over the past several decades with numerous national and international awards. Rucner is one of Croatia’s most successful performers whose shows are well received all over the world. And with two concerts, in Zagreb and Osijek, she recently marked 15 years of artistic activity.
On the 21st of June at 5.00am Ana’s cello along with beautiful vocals from guest performers, will be the perfect start to summer in Dubrovnik. And as the date also coincides with World Music Day is seems a fitting way to bring in summer.
The Rail Freight Mediterranean Corridor Conference “Extension to Croatia” was held in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on the 23rd of May 2017.
The theme of the conference was the expansion of the Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor 6 to Croatia. Based on the EU regulation 913/2010/EU, the Mediterranean Corridor 6 links the Iberian Peninsula with the Hungarian-Ukrainian border and was established on the following route: Almería – Valencia / Algeciras / Madrid – Zaragoza / Barcelona – Marseille – Lyon – Turin – Milan – Verona – Padova / Venice – Trieste / Kopar – Ljubljana – Budapest– Zahony (the Hungarian-Ukrainian border).
However, the EU regulation has been supplemented by a new regulation which will extend the Mediterranean Corridor to the Republic of Croatia on the following routes of Rijeka-Zagreb-(Budapest), and (Ljubljana)-Zagreb.
Croatia became actively involved in the Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor 6 on the 10th of November 2016 to have more effective cooperation between EU member countries. And now as a member of the rail freight corridor Croatia will have better quality and better delivery of rail freight services.
Gentlemen start your engines! Screeching tyres, mind blowing speeds and the thunder of engines could be heard at the Dubrovnik Airport yesterday but it had nothing to do with aviation. Millions of dollars worth of high end sports cars including Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, McLaren sped over the runway of Dubrovnik Airport in an event organised by the Hoefnagels Grand Tour.
StreetGasma, as the day of racing was named, crowned the final day of a multi-day rally all over Europe. Hoefnagels Grand Tour is a unique tour in which participants do not know the route and the destination in advance all the directions are received on the race day. The rally is run once a year, and these premium cars cross over 2,000 miles of different European landscapes within a week. In all destinations drivers enjoy VIP treatment, stay in top hotels and taste original delicacies.
Photos - Tonci Plazibat
HBO have released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones. This penultimate season of the most popular series of all time was only briefly recorded in Dubrovnik, with three days of filming back in December 2016. Dubrovnik acts as the centre for the whole series as King’s Landing and has featured since season 2. The new seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to be released on the 16th of July this year and then filming will begin for the eighth and final season.
The first season averaged a gross audience of 9.3 million viewers per episode. For its second season, the series had an average gross audience of 11.6 million viewers. The third season was seen by 14.2 million viewers, making Game of Thrones the second-most-viewed HBO series (after The Sopranos). For the fourth season, HBO said that its average gross audience of 18.4 million viewers had passed The Sopranos for the record. By the sixth season the average per-episode gross viewing figure had increased to over 25 million.
Due to a road traffic accident the main coastal road over Dubrovnik has been closed in both directions since 17.30. The accident occurred at Nuncijata and has caused kilometres of traffic jams in both directions.
The police are on the scene but the official cause of the accident still hasn't been revealed. Unofficially eye witnesses commented that an Opel slipped on the side of the street and collided head on with a Renault coming in the opposite direction.
According to the latest Best in Europe 2017 list from Lonely Planet, the Croatian capital is a winner among the Top 10 European destinations!
The world's largest travel guide book publisher made a list of the top ten most exciting destinations in Europe to visit in 2017, and Zagreb was ranked as the number one European destination.
“For Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 we’ve compiled our hotlist of destinations across the continent to visit this summer, all offering something new, exciting or undiscovered that make them worth exploring right now’’, commented Tom Hall, the editorial director at Lonely Planet.
Hall also explained why they chose Zagreb as the number one destination in 2017. “Zagreb tops our list because it ticks all of these boxes. Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest destinations right now but many people head straight to the coast, meaning they miss out on visiting a city that has a dynamic cultural offering, a thriving food and drink scene, and is now easier to reach than ever before.”
Here is the list of the top ten Lonely Planet’s European destinations to visit in 2017:
1. Zagreb (Croatia)
2. Gotland (Sweden)
3. Galicia (Spain)
4. Northern Montenegro
5. Leeds (UK)
6. Alentejo (Portugal)
7. Northern Germany
9. Paphos (Cyprus)
10. Le Havre (France)