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Last year’s announcement from Jadrolinija about the concept of a new ship for better connection of the outer Croatian islands with the mainland should finally be realized.
According to the new conceptual project, Jadrolinija’s ferry to remote Croatian islands is to have a capacity for 900 passengers and 200 cars. The value of this investment is estimated at around 25 million Euros.
However, this amount is two times lower than expected in the project of the former company management, which envisaged an amount of 50 million Euros for the new ferry.
Last year, the largest Croatian passenger and car transport company Jadrolinija engaged the Polish company ''Remontowa Marine Design&Consulting'' to make a draft of the project documentation following a public tender. The Polish engineers designed a 120-metre long ferry with a payload of 10,000 tonnes, which was estimated at 50 million Euros. Thus, the new ship with a capacity for 1,500 passengers and 220 vehicles would be the most powerful ferry in the current Jadrolinija's white fleet.
However, after the personnel changes and the appointment of a new management director in Jadrolinija, it was concluded that the 50-million Euros new ferry was a large and unjustified expense thus a new design project was ordered to realize the concept of a smaller and significantly cheaper ferry for connecting outer islands to the mainland.
Therefore, instead of 120 metres, the new ferry will be 102,6 metres in length, whilst the capacity was reduced from the initial 1,500 to 900 passengers. It will replace the inadequate and outdated ‘’Lastovo’’ ferry, which was built in 1970 and has capacity for 500 passengers and only 60 cars.
According to the Travel&Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 related to safety, Croatia was ranked among one of the safest countries in the world for holidaymakers to visit.
The latest survey about safety of Croatian cities carried out by the Institute of Economics in Zagreb based on data from the Ministry of the Interior has revealed the safest cities and towns in the country in 2017.
The survey was presented at the 10th International City Security Conference 2018, which was held in Split from the 22nd to the 23rd of March 2018. When it comes to overall security, out of 29 cities and towns included in the survey Sinj is the safest Croatian town for the fourth year in a row.
The town of Sinj in the Split-Dalmatia County, well known for the 300-year old tournament ‘’Sinjska alka’’, is followed by continental cities and towns such as Đakovo, Požega, Samobor, Križevci, Velika Gorica, Petrinja, Sisak, Bjelovar, and Koprivnica.
Larger coastal cities placed in the lower part of the list such as Split (12th), Dubrovnik (15th), Šibenik (26th), Zadar (28th) and Pula (29th). The Croatian capital of Zagreb placed as the 20th on the list of the safest cities in Croatia.
For the next three years, world investors have reserved funds worth more than 3 billion Euros for Croatia, however, how much money will be actually invested it is up to Croatia.
According to experts from Colliers Croatia, engaged in consulting serious investors, the Croatian market is very interesting to investors, however, the biggest obstacles on the way of project realization are unresolved property and legal issues as well as complicated administration.
Out of more than 50 projects that could be interesting to investors, only 10 of them are ready for new investors, emphasized Colliers Croatia.
‘’Croatia will be in the limelight for another two to three years. If we miss the opportunity, the capital will go to other destinations’’, warned the director of Colliers Croatia Vedrana Likan.
Croatia is perceived as a safe country with high tourist potential; however, its development has been hampered by a bad business climate, numerous poor investment stories, the animosity towards foreign investors, the unpredictability of projects due to system constraints etc.
According to the European Statistical Office (Eurostat), the Netherlands has recorded the highest average price of agricultural land in the European Union. On the other hand, Croatia is much ‘’cheaper’’ because the average price of agricultural land in the country is 22,5 times lower than in the Netherlands.
The Eurostat data shows that in 2016 the average price of agricultural land per hectare in the Netherlands was almost 63,000 Euros, whilst in Croatia it was barely 2,809 Euros. On the other hand, the cheapest hectare of agricultural land in 2016 was in Romania, only 1,958 Euros.
At the region level, the lowest price per hectare was recorded in the southwestern region of Bulgaria, averaging about 1,165 Euros in 2016.
By region, in continental Croatia, the price per hectare of cultivated land was 2,739 Euros or 89 Euros more than a year earlier, whilst in the coastal Croatia the price was 4,651 Euros per hectare or 54 Euros lower, the Eurostat data shows.
The European Statistical Office notes that land prices depend on national, regional and local factors such as legislation, land quality, climate, etc. as well as on the relationship between supply and demand, including foreign ownership rules.
The Croatian photographer Petar Sabol has won the National Award for Croatia at the Sony World Photography Awards 2018.
Sabol’s winning photo titled ‘’Mating of honey birds’’ was declared the best by the jury among 129,338 applied photos from all around the world. This is the third consecutive award of the Croatian photographer, also known as ‘’Sharp Eye’’, at the Sony World Photography Awards.
Apart from the prestigious award, the Sony company rewarded Sabol with the latest digital recording equipment.
The winning photo will be presented within the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition, which is to take place in London from the 20th April to the 6th of May 2018. The photo will also be published in the Book of Awards for 2018.
In addition, the World Photography Organization (WPO), which manages various initiatives for amateur and professional photographers, hosts the annual Sony World Photography Awards and the subsequent World Photography Festival, exhibiting the work of winning photographers in each category. Sponsored by Sony, the awards took place in Cannes since 2008 and moved to London in 2011.
The Croatian Member of the European Parliament Biljana Borzan has been declared the MEP of the year in the category of women’s rights and gender equality.
Borzan as a member of the European Parliament and Croatia’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) won the prestigious MEP Award or the so-called EU Oscar, which was awarded at the historic and glamorous Concert Noble in Brussels on the 21st of March 2018.
The Croatian MEP was nominated by 29 women’s rights and gender equality organizations from Croatia, neighbouring countries as well as by European organizations.
‘’The feeling of pride is the one that prevails as well as happiness. Clearly, this category is extremely important; however, it often remains out of the limelight. It is a great pleasure especially for a person that comes from a small country, such as Croatia, and is awarded for his/her work. This is a big deal for me because I have been recognized in Croatia for the struggle for consumer rights, but I equally fight for gender equality’’, commented Borzan after the awarding ceremony.
Every year the EU Oscar is awarded to the most successful European representatives in 18 categories. Out of each category, only three members go to the finals.
For the first time in Croatian history, the traditional European Ariane's Cup sailing regatta is coming to the Croatian coast of the Adriatic.
From the 6th to the 9th of October 2018, Trogir and Hvar as well as surrounding local waters will host over 900 members of the European Space Industry and more than 110 sailing boats. Therefore, the 39th edition of the Ariane’s Cup will become the largest regatta in history of Croatia.
The starting point of the regatta will be at the Baotić marina in Trogir from which competitors will head to Palmižana on the Pakleni Islands in the Hvar aquatorium and sail back again to Trogir. Apart from five races, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy organized programs in base marinas and get acquinted with historic, cultural and naturale heritage of Croatia.
The non-profit organization OSCAR which usually organizes the Ariane's Cup, has chosen the Croatian Business Sailing Experience Agency to organize the popular regatta in Croatia this year.
The largest European companies in the space industry traditionally send their teams to the Ariane's Cup. Companies such as Airbus, SES, European Space Agency, Daimler and Eutelsat have already confirmed their teams for this year's regatta.
The Ariane's Cup, which has got its name after a single European rocket, is a traditional gathering of sailing fans reserved exclusively for members of the European space industry. So far, the regatta was held 38 times on various locations worldwide such as the Carribean, France, Germany, Great Britain etc.
The popular regatta was held for the first time in 1979 with only ten sailing boats. However, this year it is expected to break the previous record by the number of participants.
It seems that Croats are very fond (maybe a little too fond) of Jägermeister, the world’s most popular herbal liqueur.
In the past financial year, the G3 Spirits company sold almost 900,000 0,7 litres bottles of Jägermeister to Croatia and once more confirmed its more than a decade-long leading position in the segment of imported alcoholic beverages on the domestic market.
This figure only shows how much Croats like Jägermeister, whilst the sold quantity was for more than 300,000 bottles bigger than the second-placed imported alcoholic beverage.
The new communication platform ‘’Your Jägermeister. Your Story’’ had an important role in retaining its popularity on the Croatian market last year. A new redesigned bottle, a new label and a refreshed logo were presented within the new platform. It was the basis for complete communication with consumers by pointing out that Jägermeister is beside them no matter what, in every occasion, situation and any kind of party they choose.
Last year, Mast-Jägermeister SE continued its growth trend by selling 92,4 million 0,7 litres bottles, which was an increase of around one million bottles at the global level compared to 2016.
Thanks to the long and consistent global expansion that has proved to be the key to winning the title of the best-selling liqueur in the world today, Jägermeister is present in as many as 135 countries with a tendency of constant expansion.