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When it comes to employment, Croats should be treated equally with other EU/EFTA citizens, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MVEP) reacted on Thursday to Switzerland's decision to limit Croatian citizens' access to its labor market from January 1, 2023, and called on Switzerland to reconsider the decision.
The Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MVEP) "regretfully received information about the decision of the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation to reintroduce transitional measures for the access of Croatian citizens to the Swiss labor market for a period of one year, from January 1, 2023 to December 31 the same year, after which this decision will be reconsidered", it was announced.
In that year, the quota system for issuing work permits to Croats will be applied, and MVEP considers the renewal of restrictions unnecessary.
"Acknowledging the fact that this decision is based on the provisions of Protocol III of the Agreement on Freedom of Movement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation and that in the period from the temporary abolition of these transitional measures on January 1, 2022, the number of Croatian citizens who requested a work permit in Switzerland increased, the ministry maintains that this increase was not of such an intensity that would require the reintroduction of restrictions", it is emphasized.
Although Croatia became a member of the EU in 2013, Protocol III, which extended the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the EU to Croatian citizens, entered into force in Switzerland only in 2017, so the citizens of the Republic of Croatia were deprived of the timely start of the application of this of the Agreement, including the beginning of the transitional period, the MVEP notes in the press release.
"After the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation activated the protective clause that will again limit the employment of citizens of the Republic of Croatia, until the end of 2026 at the latest, the ministry expects the Swiss side to review this decision in a timely manner, so that when employed in Switzerland, Croatian citizens are treated equally with other to EU/EFTA citizens", the press release said.
As part of the FIFA World Cup, namely the group stage of this championship, two teams will meet very soon. This match will be of particular interest to Canadian football fans, as they will have the opportunity to make Croatia vs Canada bet and not only follow the rivals' opposition, but also make money on it. The Parimatch site offers you a long and varied betting line, with high odds and interesting markets. So you won't be bored!
This match will start at 18:00 on November 27th.
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Croatia’s national airline plans to introduce four new international destinations to their flight schedule for 2023, reports EX-YU Aviation. Croatia Airlines will operate flights to 22 destinations next year, and the new routes include an interesting one from the far south of Croatia. Dubrovnik will have flights to Prague next year as part of the airlines expansion plans.
The other new routes for 2023 include two new flights from Split, to Skopje and Oslo, both on a seasonal basis. And the fourth new flight will be from the island of Brač to Munich, a line that is sure to boost tourism on the island.
Overall, the company plans to maintain almost 17,000 flights next summer and offer 1.82 million seats between March 26 and October 28. These figures are still slightly below pre-pandemic 2019 levels but up 20 percent on this year, reports EX-YU Aviation.
Croatia Airlines will operate a total of seven international flights from Dubrovnik. Along with the new Prague flights there will also be connections to Rome, Paris, Munich, Athens, Frankfurt and London.
The Schengen zone, the largest interstate area without border control in the world, should soon be extended to at least one new EU member state, if not three, writes this week ENR (European Newsroom).
Currently, the Schengen area consists of 22 EU member states and four non-EU countries. Now three more EU members are knocking on the door - Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Of the 27 EU member states, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland are currently not part of the Schengen area. On the other hand, the Schengen area includes Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, which are not in the EU.
The Czech Republic, which is currently presiding over the European Union, has indicated that it wants Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania to enter the Schengen zone together without border controls. It is expected that the EU Council will vote on it on December 9, and all the indicators are that Croatia will join the border free European zone.
It is proposed that from January 1, 2023, controls at the land and sea borders of Croatia with the Schengen countries be abolished, and from March 26, 2023, controls at airports.
Croatia's entry into Schengen is a special challenge for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which shares almost a thousand kilometres of border with Croatia, ENR points out.
There are strong economic, cultural and family ties between the two countries. BiH fears that the Schengen rules could "consolidate" the border.
Traders expect problems in the speed of the flow of goods across the border with Croatia. Between BiH and Croatia there are nine border crossings and 20 permanent crossings for cross-border traffic. Of the nine crossings, only two have a special status for phytosanitary monitoring.
Fruits, vegetables and all other goods that require this type of inspection can be exported through them. The Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina has warned on several occasions that the application of Schengen inspection standards could create queues.
The border police announced that "Croatia's membership in Schengen will ensure the fulfilment of all criteria, and thus a very high level of security of the country's external borders. This is particularly important in the prevention of all forms of cross-border crime and illegal crossings in the context of the current migrant crisis".
With the support of the EU, Croatia has invested in the protection of the border, which is guarded by around 6,500 police officers.
There are a total of 14 public holidays in Croatia in 2023.
The year starts with New Year’s Day, which in 2023 falls on a Sunday, meaning no free working day. And there are a further two public holidays that fall on a weekend, and of course Easter Sunday is also on a weekend. With all these weekend holidays it actually means that that there will be 10 public holidays in Croatia in 2023.
January 1 New Year's Day - Sunday
January 6 Three Kings - Friday
April 9 Easter - Sunday
April 10 Easter Monday - Monday
May 1 Labor Day - Monday
May 30 National Day – Tuesday
June 8 Corpus Christi – Thursday
June 22 Day of Anti-Fascist Struggle - Thursday
August 5 Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day - Saturday
August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Tuesday
November 1 All Saints' Day - Wednesday
November 18 the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Homeland War and the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Vukovar and Škabrnja - Saturday
December 25 Christmas Day - Monday
December 26 Saint Stephen – Tuesday
On Thursday, the European Commission gave a positive preliminary assessment of Croatia's request for the payment of 700 million euros under the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.
"I have good news for Croatia, which has made progress on the recovery and resilience plan to receive the second payment under the NextGeneration EU instrument. After the member states give the green light, Croatia will receive 700 million euros," said the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Von der Leyen added that Croatia has taken important steps "toward a green and digital transition, for example by investing heavily in public water management and improving adult education to develop green and digital skills."
On September 19, 2022, Croatia submitted to the Commission a request for payment based on the achievement of 25 key stages and target values selected in the Implementation Decision of the Council for the second payment.
They include fundamental reforms in the field of public administration, justice, social policy, employment, education, skills, energy, energy efficiency and connectivity. Several goals also refer to large investments in the field of water management, the labor market, education, the social and judicial system, as well as in the ecological and digital transition of public bodies, small and medium-sized enterprises and mid-market capitalization companies.
Organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, with the aim of enriching the winter tourist offer, twice a week during the winter months, free thematic tours will be held in Croatian and English, on the themes of Maritime Dubrovnik and Cosmopolitan Dubrovnik, and will be performed by tour guides and tour authors, Lidija Begić and Vesna Barišić.
On the thematic tour dedicated to seafaring "Maritime Dubrovnik", which starts on November 9 and will be held every Wednesday starting at 9:30 a.m, in front of the tourist information centre on Pile, in English and at 12:30 p.m. in Croatian, all visitors and fellow citizens will have the opportunity to hear more about the Republic of Dubrovnik. A republic that very much built its survival, fame and wealth on seafaring, on ships built in domestic shipyards and goods that were transported and sold on these ships across the Mediterranean, along the coasts of Western Europe, all the way to India in the east. Find out more about the Dubrovnik shipbuilders who were known as some of the best in the Mediterranean, ships, shipbuilders, maritime laws and insurance on this new themed tour.
The second thematic tour "Cosmopolitan Dubrovnik" starts on November 12 and will be held every Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of tourist information centre on Pile, in English and at 12:30 p.m. in Croatian (except December 24 and 31), and during the tour of the city, learn about the development of the most numerous European religions, their origin and spread throughout Europe. As well as the religious groups that settled in the area of Dubrovnik in the past centuries. Learn all about religious tolerance and coexistence in Dubrovnik over the centuries all in a historical town only 1.06 hectares in size.
From the beginning of the year to the end of September, 76 cruise ships entered Croatian seaports and 519 different cruises were made, according to data from the State Statistics Office (DZS).
The number of cruises by foreign ships in the Croatian Adriatic increased by a massive 385 compared to last year, and there were 506,000 passengers who stayed in Croatia for 1,101 days.
76 different foreign cruise ships from 13 countries cruised the Croatian Adriatic in the first nine months.
The number of passengers on foreign cruise ships in the first nine months of this year, compared to the same period last year, increased by 368 thousand.
Out of 519 round trips, most of them were made in Dubrovnik-Neretva County - 44.9 percent and the Split-Dalmatia County - 31.2 percent.
The remaining 23.9 percent was achieved in Zadar, Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Šibenik-Knin counties.
The most visits by foreign cruise ships were in the port of Dubrovnik (342), followed by Split (211) and Zadar (117).