Saturday, 11 July 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Three weeks after the Government limited the maximum price of face masks in retail to 12 kuna, the State Inspectorate in cooperation with the Croatian Institute of Public Health published a template declaration that such products must have – reports.

In addition to surgical, the market is flooded with linen masks, which in the future will have to carry a declaration with basic information about the product.

According to, it is prescribed that the fabrics must be hundred percent cotton, with a thick fabric, at least 100 g / m2, and can be one-color or multicolor, but without a print, provided that they can be washed at a temperature above 60 degrees Celsius.

Both double-layer and single-layer linen masks to reduce and slow down the transmission of respiratory drops must have a note that these masks are not protective masks, and with the instructions for use and a description of how to put them correctly on the face on the declaration, there must be the name of the manufacturer or importe and a note that it is not a protective mask, and that the mask must be washed before use.

This declaration will not be placed on linen masks with a print, which are not subject to the Government's decision to limit the maximum price.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will visit Zadar, Dubrovnik, Vrgorac and Dugopolje today and tomorrow, May 25th and 26th. 

Today, Plenkovic will visit Zadar, and after that he will head to Dubrovnik. At 5.30 pm, the Prime Minister will go to the construction site of the Peljesac Bridge in Komarna.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister will take part in the signing ceremony of the Agreement “Reconstruction and expansion of the Lapad coast, II, III and IV. construction phase " at 9 am in the City Administration of the City of Dubrovnik.

The contract is signed by the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic, the Director of CFCA Tomislav Petric and the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic.

After his visit to Dubrovnik, the Prime Minister will go to Vrgorac and Dugopolje.

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic held a video meeting with the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Croatia, Robert Kohorst, on the topic of tourism activities in the 2020 season, in relation to guests from the USA, which is the most emitting market in Dubrovnik after the Great Britain.

The meeting was also attended by the Head of the Administrative Department for European Funds, Regional and International Cooperation Zrinka Raguz and the Deputy Head of the Administrative Department for Mayor Business Ivana Brnin.

Ambassador Robert Kohorst, who took office in January 2018, was interested in details about the preparation of the City of Dubrovnik for welcoming the first guests when the preconditions are created, such as opening borders and establishing air traffic. When it comes to travels of Americans to Europe, regardless of their unquestionable preference for Dubrovnik, Ambassador Kohorst believes that the situation is currently uncertain because it is subject to constant changes related to the COVID 19 infection and epidemiological measures.

The Mayor and the Ambassador also referred to the direct air connection established last year between American Airlines between Dubrovnik and Philadelphia after 28 years and expressed hope that even after the activation of tourist movements and the normalization of the air transport market, direct air connections between the United States and the Republic of Croatia will be re-established.

The International Day for Biological Diversity and the Day of Nature Protection in the Republic of Croatia are celebrated on this date, May 22nd. 

The United Nations declared International Day for Biological Diversity in 1993 to highlight the great role that biodiversity plays in sustainable development, and as a memory of the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted on 22nd of May 1992.

Nature Protection Day in the Republic of Croatia has been marked since 2003 by a Decision of the Croatian Parliament.

This year, the International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated under the slogan "Our solutions are in nature". This slogan emphasizes the importance of working together to build a future that is in harmony with nature.

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is called upon to rethink its relationship to nature. About 70 percent of new diseases in the human population are zoonoses that have been passed from wild animals to humans as hosts. Loss and degradation of natural habitats, especially forest ecosystems, changes in the composition of living communities, loss of natural hosts, increased human contact with wildlife and their uncontrolled use are reasons to increase the risk of pathogens passing from wild animals to humans.

It is the current health crisis that has shown that despite our technological progress we are completely dependent on healthy ecosystems that are a prerequisite for preserving human health, drinking water, quality air, quality and healthy food, medicines, clothing, effective response to the climate crisis, etc.

Nature protection certainly contributes to economic development. As much as half of the global gross domestic product, or 40 trillion euros, depends on nature.

Ambitious and urgent action is needed at all levels in society, from individuals to institutions to ensure development and existence in harmony with nature.

Biodiversity means the totality of all living organisms that are integral parts of terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and ecological complexes, and includes diversity within species, between species, and diversity between ecosystems.

The Republic of Croatia is considered one of the richest countries in Europe in terms of biodiversity. The reason for this is the specific geographical position of Croatia at the crossroads of three biogeographical regions, each of which is characterized by special ecological, climatic and geomorphological conditions. The great diversity of habitats has also resulted in a great wealth of wild taxa (species and subspecies). So far, a total of about 40 thousand species are known, most of which (about 25 thousand) are invertebrates. However, the estimated number of species is significantly higher, with estimates ranging from at least 50 thousand to more than hundred thousand. Each year, scientists record, discover, and describe new species and subspecies - Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy writes.

All foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia, as well as Croatian citizens who do not reside in the Republic of Croatia, can find out the answers to all questions related to entering the Republic of Croatia in one place.

Given the restrictions in force, to combat the spread of COVID-19, and to obtain relevant information faster, all frequently asked questions and answers about the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID on main menu bar.

If you do not find your answer on the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia among the most frequently asked questions and answers, an online inquiry form is available through which you can contact the Ministry to get a specific answer to their question about the possibility of entry.

The page and the online form are currently available in Croatian, English and German, and it is planned to expand to other foreign languages.

The data requested from the interested party through the form, with the aim of giving a specific answer are: citizenship, whether the foreginer has a regulated status in the Republic of Croatia (approved stay), planned date of arrival at the border crossing, name of the border crossing and reason for entering the Republic of Croatia.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, held a meeting via video call with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Republic of Croatia, Andrew Stuart Dalgleish.

The topic of conversation was the readiness of Dubrovnik to welcome visitors this season, as soon as all the preconditions are met, such as the opening of borders, in this case British tourists who are traditionally particularly fond of Croatia and Dubrovnik.

The Mayor presented to the Ambassador everything that the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Dubrovnik Airport, Dubrovnik General Hospital and other stakeholders have undertaken to ensure conditions for the earliest possible activation of tourist traffic, including the program to encourage international flights through targeted marketing campaign. He said that Dubrovnik was completely ready to accept British tourists after the opening of borders and the re-establishment of direct flights.

Ambassador Dalglesih said that tourism is a significant part of the economy in the UK, where the need to normalize economic activities as soon as possible is also emerging. He expressed his belief that British tourists will travel as soon as the basic preconditions are met and that they are able to do so, as well as that Dubrovnik has not lost a shred of its lasting appeal to British tourists and that they will gladly return. He praised the readiness of the City of Dubrovnik to welcome its guests and provide them with a pleasant and safe stay.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Ambassador Peter Clements and Deputy Head of the Administrative Department for Mayor Business Ivana Brnin.

T'Way Air Co. becomes the first South Korean low-cost airline to fly from South Korea to Croatia soon – said Zoran Horvat, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Representation Office in South Korea.

-T'way Air will fly four times a week to Croatia in 2020 from the second half of the year, and we expect to define the exact date of the first flight and destination in Croatia soon - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.

T’way Air was founded in 2010 and is the third largest Korean low-cost airline with 2.9 million passengers in domestic and 4.2 million passengers in international traffic in 2019. It owns a fleet of 28 Boeing 737-800 aircrafts and flies to 38 destinations in Korea and the world. 

The news was also published in the Korean daily papers The Korea Times, after the airline received permission from the Seoul Ministry of Transport. The Transport Ministry said airlines could use their new route permits once South Korea and foreign aviation authorities reach an agreement on aviation security, regarding the coronavirus pandemic situation.

On the website of the City of Dubrovnik, a project tender has been published for the development of a conceptual urban-architectural-landscape solution of the Gradac Park with a wider urban landscape belt.

As stated, the aim of the tender is to find the best design, functional and economical solution of Gradac Park with a wider urban landscape belt.

The tenderer will enter into a public service contract on the basis of a negotiated public procurement procedure without prior publication with the author of the first-prize winning work.

It will be interesting which will be the winning idea for the park that is loved by the many Dubrovnik citizens, located just a few minutes walk from the historic core.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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