Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Latest reports are telling us that by the end of 2022 revenues lost to online piracy will result in 51.6 billion dollars, and some experts strongly believe that piracy will never be eradicated. What is the opinion of professionals dealing with piracy and in what ways are they planning to protect intellectual property? We will find that our at the NEM panel “Fighting pirates in the CEE region” in Dubrovnik from June 11-14.

What sanctions need to be introduced to the market and what can we learn from other countries when it comes to online piracy? These are only some of the questions that will be discussed by renowned speakers at the panel entitled “Fighting pirates in the CEE region”.

Marijana Vukašinović, Head of Content Management at Telekom Serbia, will be moderating this panel that will gather the following speakers: Damir Hajduk, Chairman of the Agency for Electronic Media, Irena Battelino, Head of Content Acquisition and Media Marketing Services at Telekom Slovenia, Chris Anderson, Head of Film & TV services at MUSO, and Mark Mulready, Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdet.

“This discussion is important, as to effectively combat online piracy, operators must combine state of the art anti-piracy technologies with proactive enforcement and investigative services aimed at identifying and prosecuting the parties involved in large commercial streaming piracy networks”, said Mulready, who is responsible for the global delivery and management of a suite of Piracy Control and Cybercrime Prevention Services.

Brutal statistics

The piracy statistics, especially in our region, aren't encouraging at all. Croatia is the fourth country in the world in terms of the prevalence of piracy – we download content illegally more often than other countries. Above us are only Latvia, Bulgaria and Lithuania, whereas immediately below us are Spain, Greece and Serbia.

This data is taken from the 2016 report – based on an analysis of the global traffic of 14,000 largest piracy websites – put out by MUSO, a company providing anti-piracy solutions, whose Head of Film & TV services is NEM's panellist Chris Anderson. Anderson has revealed that visits to piracy websites were up 3.4 percent globally from 2016. He claims that with the recent proliferation of VoD subscription services many expected demand for illegitimate content to have significantly dropped, but this is not the case.

“The vast majority of visits were made via web-streaming sites (96.1 percent), with access via mobile devices (51.92 percent) rising up the ranks to become the most popular way of consuming illegitimate content, and towards the end of 2017, torrent-based television piracy had a resurgence”, said Anderson emphasizing that their intelligence, insights and analyses cover the whole market.

However, laws aren't there to be broken, which is shown by Germany where only 1.71% of the internet population uses pirated digital content. If you download a TV show or movie in Germany, you can be fined with € 900-2000 per TV show or movie.

When it comes to Croatia, internet operators have not authority to check the illegal downloading of digital content from the internet since they have no access to that content. This is possible only with a warrant issued by a court.

Be a part of the media elite

If you want to take advantage of all the benefits that NEM offers and be a part of the media elite gathering for the sixth year in a row in Dubrovnik – from June 11-14 – hurry up and get your badge because our accommodation capacities are almost fully booked.

The fourth mosque in Croatia opened this Sunday in the small village of Bogovlja. After the mosques in Zagreb, Rijkea and Gunja this latest mosque is close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Speaking to the media the grand mufti of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Aziz Efendi Hasanovic, said that the new mosque in Bogovlja would serve to show young people what Islam looks like, that it is "the Islam full of open-mindedness, full of good deeds, and the Islam free of any deviations," and added that Muslim places of worship and Islamic centres in Croatia are "places for meetings of different religions and different cultures".

In Croatia there are 26 places of worship catering to Muslims, including four mosques. According to the most recent 2011 population census, there were 63,000 Muslims in the country, meaning there was one place of worship per roughly 2,500 believers. In other European countries, this ratio of believers per place of worship ranges from 650 in Greece to 8,000 in Sweden.

Croatia’s demographic crisis continues with an estimated 300,000 citizens leaving to find a brighter future in European Union members over the past few years. According to new research there are now more Croatians living in Germany than there are in the second biggest city in Croatia, Split.

Germany, Ireland and Sweden are the main destinations more migrant Croatian workers and more and more young and highly educated Croats are looking to these more developed EU states for work. However, according to recent reports, many of these young professionals are taking on menial jobs in Germany.

According to official statistics, there were nearly 368,000 Croatians living in Germany at the end of 2017. Federal states with the largest numbers of Croatians are Baden-Wuerttemberg with the city of Sttuttgart in the southwest - home to nearly 110,000 Croatians, followed by Bavaria and its capital Munich in the southeast, with some 99,000. Bearing in mind that Croatia’s second city, Split, has a population of around 320,000 people the number of Croatians in Germany far outweighs it. And as Dubrovnik has a population of only 40,000 it is the same as ten cities’ the size of Dubrovnik moving to Germany.

The inaugural flight between Frankfurt and Zadar landed yesterday. The largest German and European airline, Lufthansa, has introduced this new line for the summer months and flights will operate every Saturday and Sunday into Zadar airport.

This first flight was welcomed with the traditional shower of water cannons as German holidaymakers arrived on the Dalmatian coast.

"We are extremely pleased that Zadar has been linked to Frankfurt, one of the world's largest air hubs. The fact that this has happened with Lufthansa, one of the largest European and world companies, makes us very proud. Zadar passengers will have many direct destinations in Europe and some farther destinations such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto," commented the director of Zadar Airport, Josip Klismanic.

It was a glamourous evening last night on the Stradun in Dubrovnik as a fashion show “Glamour Fashion Show” brought a touch of style and elegance to the Old City.

Organised by the Dubrovnik Glamour Association the shoe featured designer names such as, Glamour Sposa, Duchess Womenswear, Arileo, Bakus Sposa, Lella Design and Borza Grupa.

And tonight the fashion and beauty continue in Dubrovnik when the Miss Dubrovnik-Neretva County pageant will be held on the same stage.

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The thunder of high-end sports cars will echo through Dubrovnik next week as the Gran Turismo Adriatica 2018 arrives in town. Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches are just a few of the mega brands expected next Tuesday on the roads of Dubrovnik as they pull up in front of the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace in Lapad.

The rally, Gran Turismo Adriatica 2018, started in Opatija today and will wind down the Adriatic all the way to Thessaloniki in Greece. Along the way the drivers will take in Mostar, Zadar, Montenegro and Albania.

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Racing over Dubrovnik Bridge

And at almost 5,000 Euros for a week’s fun the drivers are in for a road trip to remember. The organisers have even brought in a private security team to protect the luxury cars in Albania. “We are working with a private security contractor for this part of the event. We have a security detail of no less than 18 armed guards on both motorcycles and in vans protecting our cars these days,” commented the organisers on the Albanian leg of the journey.

The rally finishes on the 13th of May with a gala party in Thessaloniki and clearly this motoring event is popular as it is completely sold out.

In spite of the unstable weather in Dubrovnik at the start of this weekend the streets of the Old City were packed with tourists and sightseers today.

The weather has been dominated by storms and rain over the past three days and according to the forecast the overcast and grey skies will continue for another few days.

However, the bad weather didn’t put off tourists from enjoying the sights and attractions of the historic centre today and thousands of day-trippers enjoyed Dubrovnik, many from under an umbrella.

Check out the photo gallery of Dubrovnik today by Zeljko Tutnjevic









Croatians have found a new destination to invest their cash, Montenegro. The southern neighbour is proving a magnet for Croatian investors with over 156 million Euros spent in 2017. According to date from the Croatian National Bank Croatian investment in Montenegro has exploded over the past 18 months, in 2016 Croatian companies invested a mere 10 million Euros, but last year that figure had increase to 156 million.

In fact, Montenegro has become the fifth most attractive destination for Croatian financers. Such a jump in investment must have a backstory and one of the main reasons is that Croatian Telecom purchased 77 percent of Montenegro Telecom last year. This deal alone was worth more than 100 million Euros.

But Croatian investors in Montenegro are not present in the telecoms industry but also in the retail sector, and the tourism sector. In fact, the tourism sector is increasingly attractive for foreign investors, even though poor urban and coastal planning has meant that many popular tourist resorts are extremely badly organised. Montenegro has traditionally been a haven for Russian investors and developers, it is estimated that a quarter of all properties on the Montenegro Adriatic are owned by Russians, but many of these developments were built without proper planning and have left the coastline scarred. 

However, as Montenegro introduced the Euro as the official currency when they broke away from Serbia there is a certain amount of monetary stability and also a lower risk for investors.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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