ISSN 1334-7047 CROATIAN GOVERNMENT BULLETIN VOLUME XII | JUNE 2008 | No.

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Croatia in UN’s Missions

Croatian scientists closer to cancer remedy

Interview: Sir John Ramsden

Republic of Croatia

Facts and figures
Rijeka

Zagreb

Osijek

Adriatic Sea

The Adriatic sea got its name from an ancient port of the same name. The Adriatic spans from the Balkan to the Apennine peninsula. The part belonging to the Republic of Croatia is the eastcoast which extends all the way from Prevlaka in the south to cape Savudrija in the west,including all islands, islets and cliffs along the coast,and the archipelago of Palagruza (the number of islands, islets and cliffs is more than 1700). This is a unique area in Europe for cruising with motor boats, speedboats, or sailboats, but also for enjoying the underwater world.

Zadar

Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Geographical position

56.542 sq. km

Land area

Territorial waters area

31.000 sq. km

Length of coastline (with islands) Length of terrestrial border

5.790 km

1.777,7 km Dinara (1.831 m above sea level)

Highest peak

Number of islands Split

1.185 (66 inhabited)

Population (census 2001.)
4.381,352 Zagreb (779.145 inhabitants) Roman Catholic, Serbian Orthodox, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant and others

Capital

Religions Currency
Croatian

Dubrovnik

kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa)

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Croatia In Focus June 2008 | No. 36

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Introduction
Dear Reader, Welcome to the June edition of the Government bulletin, Croatia in Focus. Since peace is something most precious mankind has been aspiring to and establishing and preserving in today’s globalized world, our country is dedicated to actively participate in peace processes wherever it would be necessary. So we introduce you to the UN’s peacekeeping missions which Croatia participates in. On the New York Stock Exchange Croatia received the prestigious award for the best reformer in Europe and the second one in the world, due to the reforms of business environment in the past two years by the project IFC-World Bank ˝Doing Business˝ 2008. We write about this great honour for our country. We introduce you to the program e-Company which was started on the initiative of the Croatian Government and was successfully completed at the commercial court in Varaždin. You will read about a discovery that could be the key in fighting against tumours and neurological ailments like the Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, which was announced by Croatian scientists Ivan Đikić and Koraljka Husnjak. We interviewed Sir John Ramsden, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Croatia, about his view of the Republic of Croatia in the beginning and the end of his mandate. In the part of our bulletin dedicated to Croatian natural beauties you will discover the splendor of our spectacular islands. At the end, as usual, we write about the accomplishments of Croatian sport. Enjoy reading! Zlatko Mehun

UN peacekeeping missions successful european reformer employment policy priorities in Croatia

8 Croatia awarded as the most 10 Joint memorandum on 11 e-Company Project 12 Signing of contracts for

Editor in chief
Sandra Puhovski sandra.puhovski@vlada.hr

building two ferries for Jadrolinija

Staff
Sanja Milinović, Suzana Kovačević, Jasna Sruk Vlah, Dubravka Belas, Ida Ćosić, Igor Žarković, Martina Mance, Paula Popravak, Vesna Lončar, Daniela Valić, Antonija Gelo, Antun Čajkovac, Magdalena Balenović, Slađana Butković

13 Mine clearance project as export product 14 Interview with British Ambassador

Sir John Ramsden

17 News Flash 22 Croatian scientists closer to cancer remedy 24 Plančić Family plants the largest vineyard on

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Mediterranean islands

26 Croatian policemen at EURO 2008 28 Ivan Vučetić- the man who unveiled crime 30 Protected plant species in Croatia 32 The land of thousand islands

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CROATIA IN UN’S MISSIONS

CROATIA IN UN’S MISSIONS

Croatian active role in UN peacekeeping missions
eace is something most precious mankind has been aspiring to and establishing and preserving peace in today’s globalized world, in which unfortunately numerous conflicts are still topical, is the most human mission. Croatia recognized it when, not a long time ago, it had to fight for its freedom and independence and when it used assistance provided by the international community in establishing and preserving peace on its territory. It was already at that time that our country decided to actively participate in peace processes wherever it would be necessary in the world and experiences from the Homeland War have been of exceptional importance in regard to this. From a country that only about ten years ago was a recipient of the peacekeeping forces, Croatia is nowadays among countries that take part in most UN missions. Members of the Croatian Armed Forces (a total of 141) currently participate in 13 peace-

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keeping missions. They have been deployed to Africa (Ethiopia and Eritrea, Western Sahara, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Burundi, Sudan), Asia (India and Pakistan, Lebanon, Nepal, Syria and Israel), America (Haiti) and Europe (Cyprus, Georgia). At the beginning of this month, an infantry company of 95 CAF members was sent to the Golan Heights to the mission UNDOF, constituting in that way the majority of the current total number of our “peacekeepers”. That unit is at the same time, the largest contingent that the Republic of Croatia ever sent to some of the UN peacekeeping missions. Sendoff of the unit was organized at «Croatia» barracks on 29 May and the highest government officials were present led by President of the Republic Stjepan Mesić, President of the Parliament Luka Bebić, and President of the Government Dr Ivo Sanader. The decision about sending our soldiers to the mission UNDOF received a

clear political support in Croatian Parliament. The main task of the mission UNDOF that was established in 1974 is supervising the cease-fire between Israel and Syria. Since this is an area that demarcates the two countries, it should be emphasized that both countries agreed that members of the Croatian Armed Forces take part in the mission. In speeches delivered by highranking government officials during the send-off of the soldiers to the mission UNDOF, it was stressed that their participation has to be in the spirit of respecting all values the United Nations and the Republic of Croatia plead for. On such occasions Croatian soldiers carried out their duties professionally, expertly and honourably representing Croatia in the best possible way in the most distant part of the Earth. If we want to substantiate that assertion, it is enough to take a look at the chronology of the participa-

tion of the Croatian soldiers in UN missions. The beginnings of the participation date back to the year 1999 when the first ten members of the Armed Forces were sent to Sierra Leone to the mission UNAMSIL in the capacity of unarmed military observers. Other missions were established afterwards and the volume of activities and duties that our peacekeepers carried out in them increased. At the beginning, they worked almost exclusively as military observers, after that also as staff officers of different specialities (command functions, physicians, operations officers, psychologists, PR experts …) Interestingly, one of the greatest recognitions the Republic of Croatia received for the contribution it has invested in preserving peace throughout the world as a member of the international community, is linked to an individual. The Croatian Major General Dragutin Repinc was appointed to the position of a Commander of the UN mission UNMOGIP in India and Pakistan. He carried out that duty from January 2006 to late December 2007, even a year longer than the anticipated mandate. The most topical event linked to Croatia and the UN missions, sending of the company to the Golan Heights, is a new big step in the Croatian contribution to peacekeeping operations.

Otherwise, all Croatian peacekeepers have been deployed to the missions as volunteers. They undergo the most advanced training and are qualified for execution of all tasks, regardless what part of the world and circumstances they are assigned with tasks. The Training Centre for International Military Operations located in the barracks «Vitez Damir Martić» at Rakitje has had a significant role in their preparation and training; its importance and possibilities have grown together with expansion of the participation of Croats in missions. Among other things, the Centre organizes courses for military observers and predeployment training for the UN missions for our but also for members of the armed forces of other countries. All courses are held in English language in accordance with the UN, NATO and EU standards/ modules. So far, eight courses have been developed in the Centre according to the UN training modules or according to NATO/ PfP standards; the experience that employees of the Centre gained in peacekeeping missions is of exceptional importance in preparing our military experts for peacekeeping missions. Nine instructors from the Centre are licensed UN instructors. Members of the CAF who participated in peacekeeping missions, together with colleagues from the

Croatian Ministry of the Interior whose contribution to the international missions of the UN is also significant, are surely the best ambassadors of Croatia in the world. With their engagement, they have contributed to a large extent to the admission of the Republic of Croatia in a two-year non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council; that represents one of the greatest international political successes in the history of our country. It is also sure that contribution of the Republic of Croatia to the UN peacekeeping missions, side by side with participation in NATO’s mission ISAF in Afghanistan, was important for the invitation given to the Republic of Croatia for membership in NATO alliance. In conformity with its strategic international political orientations, the Republic of Croatia will continue to provide support to the United Nations’ peacekeeping missions. Although the contribution of our country is already very much significant, it is indisputable that realization of the two most essential strategic goals of the Republic of Croatia, entry in NATO and the European Union, will contribute to the final confirmation that Croatia nowadays has been recognized as one of the most active keepers of the world’s peace, stability, security, democracy and rule of law.

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n the occasion of marking the Armed Forces Day Vice-president of the Government Đurđa Adlešić met the officers of both the Ministry of Defence and Croatian Armed Forces on 19 May. Vice –president pointed out immeasurable women’s contribution in the Homeland War victory, but in the build-up of modern Armed Forces as well. Although the number of women in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces is relatively high, they are rarely positioned at commanding offices. The Government and the President of the Government give full support to the contemplation of all the measures which can ensure equal advancement of women. There are only words of praise for the work of women in Ministry of Defence and in Armed Forces. Among 870 candidates 219 women have registered for the cadet programme. For a voluntary military service which starts this year both women and men can register equally. Croatia is a rare country that has a high number of women in the Army, and they successfully and professionally perform their tasks in the country, but in peace-keeping missions over the world as well.

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“DOING BUSINESS“ 2008

“DOING BUSINESS“ 2008

Croatia awarded as the most successful european reformer
On the New York Stock Exchange Croatia received the prestigious award for the best reformer in Europe and the second one in the world, due to the reforms of business environment in the past two years by the project IFC-World Bank ˝Doing Business˝ 2008.
n 4 June 2008 at the NYSE Croatia was awarded by the World Bank as the most successful European reformer in 2007. On the behalf of the Republic of Croatia the award was taken over by the Minister of Finance Ivan Šuker. In its report Doing Business 2008 the World Bank proclaimed Croatia the first the most successful reformer in Europe and the second most successful reformer in the world. The event, which was held for the second year in a row, was sponsored by the World Bank, International Financial Corporation (IFC), USAID, companies General Electric and JP Morgan, NYSE, American Council for International Business (USCIB) and Trade Association for the Emerging Markets (EMTA). The Croatian delegation consisted of Ivan Šuker, Minister of Finance, Zdravko Marić, State Secretary of Ministry of Finance, Gordana Kovačević, president of Ericsson Nikola Tesla Board and Ante Todorić, Agrokor’s Executive Vice President. ˝I am honoured to receive the

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award on the behalf of the Republic of Croatia. The award of the World Bank for the reforms is a big acknowledgement and impetuous for the further implementation of reforms. All those reforms have been done for the good of the Croatian citizens and the progress of Croatia˝, said Minister of Finance Ivan Šuker to the Croatian press in New York. With the second annual Reformers Club award presentation, of the Doing Business project, an accompanying seminar was held, where the ministers from 10 awarded countries presented to the international investors and global businesses media the implemented reforms and the possibilities of investments in their countries. ˝Croatia got a unique chance to present Croatian economy and a possibility of investments to the numerous investors and leading world companies˝, said Minister Šuker. Croatian Economy was presented by the State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Zdravko Marić, who highligted the a permanent eco-

nomic growth in Croatia, steady currency, developed infrastructure, successful fiscal policy, cut of public sector in the economy and the growth of private sector, and increase of foreign investments. He emphasised the strengthening of Croatia’s international position on the example of the membership in the UN Security Council, the NATO invitation and expected completion of accessing negotiations in the EU till the end of 2008. ˝By the end of the decade Croatia will become the 28th EU member state˝, announced Marić. Moreover, he stressed out the continuation of reforms for the improvement of business environment in Croatia and the cut of all administrative and bureaucratic obstacles for doing business. Marić was rewarded an applause for giving prominence of the Croatian origin of the tie, the propelling pencil and the success of the Croatian athletes at the Olympics. In his speech the Managing Director of the World Bank Group Graeme P. Wheeler gave a credit to the implementation of the re-

forms in Croatia, pointing out an example of speeding-up the ownership registration from 956 days two years ago to the present 174 days, facilitated companies’ establishment, greater credit accessibility for entrepreneurs, credit register and other advantages. Being asked about the further direction of reforms of the business environment, Šuker pointed out that Croatia wanted to implement all the reforms. ˝Our aim is to implement all the reforms. Reforms lead to a saving in the budget, and only then can we speak about the tax relief. Reform is the ground of everything. Today’s award is an impetuous to all for the implementation of reforms˝, said Šuker. He highlighted that Croatia was to implement reforms in health and

shipbuilding, while the reform in judiciary was already being implemented, and that a range of financial laws had been issued, that were to ease investments and ensure better function of financial market. Ten the best reformers are: Egypt, Croatia, Ghana, Macedonia, Georgia, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, China and Bulgaria. As stated in the exposition of the awards on the web page WB/IFC, those countries implemented the greatest number of reforms in the fields covered by the report of Doing Business 2008. The heads of the awarded countries were received to the Reformers Club, whose goal is to become global political forum for the reforms of business environment in the world. Croatia

was awarded as the second best reformer among 178 world countries. In the latest report Croatia has been positioned as the 97th country, while in 2007 was the 120th. The acknowledgement of Croatia as the ˝top-reformer˝ in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region holds a special value, as it is a matter of a region which blazes the trail in the implementation of business environment reform from 79 to 200 reforms, which are globally introduced in the period 2006/207. Those reforms are directed toward the simplification of business regulations, strengthening of ownerships’ rights, tax relief, greater accessibility of a credit and the cut of costs of export and import.

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EMPLOYMENT POLICY PRIORITIES

E-COMPANY

Joint memorandum on employment policy priorities in Croatia
resident of the Croatian Government and Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship Damir Polančec together with the European Commissioner for Employment Vladimir Špidla signed the Joint Memorandum on Employment Policy Priorities in Croatia, on 28 May in Brussels. It is a matter of a document which presents agreed group of objectives of the employment policy, necessary for the improvement of labour marker transformation, and a preparation for accessing the EU, especially by aligning the employment system with the European one. ˝As former Prime Minister of the country which entered the EU a few years ago I know very well how important this step is, as it ensures the close insight of the demands of EU employment policy˝, said the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Equal opportunities Vladimir Špidl, who was once the Czech Prime Minister. ˝This joint analysis of the priorities in employment policy presents an important stage in the process of Croatia’s access to the EU˝, he pointed out. Vice-president Polančec said that the signed document contained the analysis of the Croatian economy, a detailed employment policy analysis and the objectives it wanted to achieve. ˝We all wish to increase employment, reduce unemployment, involve socially sensitive and socially excluded groups and to increase administrative capacities for the implementation of an adequate employment policy˝, said

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Vice-president. Situation on the Croatian labour market, in spite of its improvement in the recent years, is still behind the EU average. The rate of employment in Croatia is currently 55,6%, while in the EU in 2006 it was 64,5%. Vice-president Polančec said that Croatia was for a longer period of time undertaking a range of measures, from the restructuring of industrial branches and companies in difficulties to stronger support of small and middle enterprises in order to improve the labour market situation. Small and middle enterprises today constitute a strong segment to which 44% of the Croatian GDP goes on, and 40% of the Croatian export. Besides that, in the past

four years the budget of the Ministry of Science and Education has raised the most. ˝It is a whole range of measures, and that we are on the right way it is proved by the information about the polling rate of employment which is under 10% at this moment, which is the lowest rate in the last nine, ten years,˝ said the Vice-president. He informed that Croatia was to get the Law on Mediation in Employment and Rights for Compensation of Unemployed Persons, which follows the trend of the so called flexisecurity, which at the same time guarantees the flexibility of labour market and simultaneously the financial rights jobless persons.

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he pilot project e-Company at the commercial court in Varaždin which ensures on-line registration of limited liability companies in just 24 hours is a huge step forward toward the full informatization of Croatia, said Prime Minister Sanader after the Government was presented the results of the realised project. Six-month pilot project ˝On-line registration of limited liability companies, e-Company˝ that was started on the initiative of the Croatian Government was successfully completed at the commercial court in Varaždin. The initiators of the project are the Ministry of the Judiciary and the Central State Administrative Office for e-Croatia, in co-operation with the Financial Agency. The State Secretary of the Central State Administrative Office for eCroatia Igor Lučić explained the role of the e-Company project – it provides to the founders of the limited liability companies to register the setting up of a company on the basis of a valid on-line registration. As stated by state secretary Lučić, before one needed

to go through ten steps, nine institutions and to spend four-five weeks, while now it can be done in three steps in two days. During the implementation of this project in six months 283 limited liability companies have been set up, out of which 198, actually 70%, through on-line registration. ˝The citizens have recognised this service as a new way of business which significantly saves their time and money, but also that information-communication technology is the main tool of the public administration in the implementation of targeted reforms˝, said Lučić during the presentation of the project. Prime Minister Sanader, who also attended the presentation, praised the project and announced its expansion to Zadar and Osijek, and then to all the rest courts in Croatia. He pointed out that the whole project would not have been realised without the support of the Ministry of the Judiciary which approved the acknowledgement of a digital signature of a notary public by which the whole procedure of establishing companies was shortened.

Moreover, he highlighted that the project was only one in the range of the projects in reforming the judiciary, and in the creation of positive clime for both domestic and foreign entrepreneurs. ˝Until now all those who wanted to register a company went through a treble loss. We were loosing our time, money and nerves˝, said Prime Minister and added that the introduction of this project was important in the broader context of the reform of the judiciary, i.e. transparency in the work of the courts, fighting the corruption, as it eliminated possibilities and objections that somebody could be bribed. All of that, he summed up, is important for the successful development of the overall economy. He repeated that the entrepreneurs had had an important place in the society and special value as well, as they were opening new work places and there was no development of the economy without them. In that sense, the state wants to be a full service to them, concluded Prime Minister Sanader.

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JADROLINIJA

MINE CLEARANCE

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Signing of contracts for building two ferries for Jadrolinija
he contracts for building two ferries for Jadrolinija, each of them worth EUR 9,75 million, were signed by the president of the Jadrolinija Board Slavko Lončar and the president of the Special Objects Shipyard Ltd. Damir Arapović, on 30 May 2008. We are talking about the ferries of type ˝Hrvat˝ which was, together with ˝Juraj Dalmatinac˝ delivered last year with capacity of 138 vehicles and 1 200 passengers. Those two ferry ships were intended for connecting the islands which are 10 nautical miles far away. The first one will be delivered till July 1 2009, and the other five months later. They are 87,6 m long and 17,5 m wide, with the speed of 13 knots which ensures navigation be-

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tween Split and Supetar on Brač of 45 minutes. The ferries will be equipped with air-conditioned salon with the capacity of 800 passengers, with hydraulic ramp for loading and unloading of vehicles and an escalator for passengers. In the last four years six ferries were built in Croatian shipyards out of the Jadrolinija Fleet Renewal Programme, while one ferry was procured, said during the ceremonial signing the State Secretary for the Sea Branko Bačić, adding that by the end of June there were to be three new ferries in the fleet, which Jadrolinija had procured in Greece. All those new ships will contribute in increasing navigation safety and protection of sea environment, while, on the other hand, the traf-

fic connection of Croatian islands will be improved, said Bačić. With the growth of maritime traffic and the need for bigger ships the Jadrolinija Fleet renewal The Programme has been supplemented and is worth EUR 139 million, he stressed out, explaining that the Croatian Shipping Company Fleet would rejuvenate significantly. Moreover, he said that the ports were very important for a good connection with the islands. In the past four years 54 ports were built and renewed, out of which 37 are in function of traffic connection of islands, and this year the contracts for modernisation of another 21 ports were signed, which would provide bigger quality of living on the islands.

n facing with a complex mine issue, after the Homeland War Croatia has developed exceptional own knowledge and experience in counter-mine operating. Due to this it has achieved a high level of organisational, technical, technological and personnel-wise achievements which have been internationally recognised. Department for bilateral economic relations, International Economic Co-operation Board of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration estimated that the experience and knowledge gained in mine clearance of the Croatian territory could be used for starting the project ˝Mine Clearance as export product˝. On this initiative three sessions of the project team for mine clearance activities abroad were held, just like the Counselling on mine clearance as Croatian export product in Zagreb and Sisak. This Counselling on mine clearance as Croatian export product was welcomed as a step forward in defining Croatian economic diplomacy needed for Croatian companies for moving into a foreign market. The participation of Croatian ambassadors at the Counselling was used for getting familiar with the project itself so that in contact with authorised local services of receiver-countries, which have mine-contaminated territories, they could be able to promote Croatian project of ˝ Mine Clearance as export product˝. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration in co-

operation with the Croatian Mine Action Centre and Agency for promoting export and investments offered to diplomatic-consular branch of Croatia possible forms of support in the field during their activity on placing Croatian technology and knowledge from the field of humanitarian mine clearance abroad. In the meantime, the Association (Cluster for humanitarian mine activities abroad d.o.o.) was set up, joined by 29 private organisations for physical mine clearance (with 500 employees for mine clearance), and the producers of protective equipment ˝DOK-ING˝ from Zagreb, ˝Đ.Đaković˝ from Slavonski Brod, ˝ŠESTAN-BUSCH˝ from Prelog and ˝Borovo˝ from Borovo. It is expected that after the establishment the association will be joined by some other companies from the same field of activity, like obedience training for mine clearance, rehabilitation of mine victims, topographic sessions from the air and others. The first concretisation of the project ˝Mine Clearance as export product˝ is expected through the realisation of recently signed Draft of Agreement on Co-operation in the filed of humanitarian mine clearance between Croatian ˝Cluster for humanitarian mine activities abroad˝ and ˝National Programme of Mine Clearance and Field Rehabilitation˝ of Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Concerning the fact that Libya is being in a big investment cycle in the field of experimentation and exploitation of fossil fuels

as well as in other areas of economy (tourism, agriculture, industry) it is necessary to clear some 7 million mines remaining from the World War II and make the territory safe for economic activity of people. The visit of Libyan delegation was used for the presentation of Croatian experience and knowledge in the field of mine clearance. Since great appropriations have been set aside in that country in 2008, and since professional Libyan services do not have elaborated mine clearance concept of its territory, the co-operation with Croatian Cluster is seen as a successful and long-term one. The appearance and treatment of the second potential market is being in preparation in co-ordination with Croatian embassy in Cairo, at which, through the appearance of Croatian Association for Activities of humanitarian mine clearance abroad, the project ˝Mine Clearance as export product˝ could be successfully realised. Besides these states, the first activities of the Association for humanitarian mine activities abroad are being recorded in Georgia and Iraq.

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INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH AMBASSADOR SIR JOHN RAMSDEN

INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH AMBASSADOR SIR JOHN RAMSDEN

Croatia has made a remarkable progress
ixteen years ago, on 25 June 1992, Croatia set up diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Since 2004 Sir John Ramsden, the fifth in a row British ambassador, has been staying in Croatia. In the past sixteen years the relations between Croatia and Great Britain have become stronger, many visits have been exchanged, goods exchange has multiplied, respectable cultural co-operation has been realised. We talked to HE Sir Ramsden, the diplomat educated at Eton and Cambridge, the holder of the noble title of baronet, about his view of the Republic of Croatia in the beginning and the end of his mandate. Just before coming to Croatia you were the head of Central and NW Europe Department in Foreign Office. How did you experience Croatia after Vienna, Berlin and Geneva? Do you remember your first encounter with Ilica No 12? My first month in Croatia was as a student learning the language in Dubrovnik and Samobor. I was struck from the start by the very friendly welcome I received and the beauty of the country. I’ve enjoyed my four years in Zagreb. The cafes, Dolac, Sljeme and the lively

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cultural scene add up to make it a very pleasant place to be. Even though you once said that in the relations between our two countries during the history there had been ˝some misunderstandings˝, you expressed your satisfaction by Croatia’s starting the accessing negotiations with the EU during the British presiding over the EU in 2005. Can we get a brief survey of CroatianBritish relations?

Croatia's entry into the EU will certainly send a very powerful signal to others in the region that the road to the EU and NATO is genuinely open provided they carry out the necessary reforms.

Our relations are excellent. We have a Strategic Partnership and are preparing a programme of activities for its second year. The UK has always been a strong support of EU enlargement provided the candidates really do meet the conditions. When I arrived, people in the public and the media interpreted this quite wrongly as opposition to enlargement. In fact, negotiations began for Croatia the very same day that Croatia met the remaining conditions - and did so under the British Presidency. Since then, Prime Minister Ivo Sanader has made a very successful visit to London. Foreign and European Integration Minister Gordan Jandrokovic has just met the UK’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband and further high level exchanges are in preparation. We are working closely together in the UN Security Council and Croatia’s role both in the region and internationally is very much appreciated in London. You spent four years in Croatia. During the years you toured the country many times. What changes have you noticed in comparison to the beginning of the mandate? There have been many changes and remarkable progress. The political agenda today is very

cluding negotiations in 2009. After that, there will be a ratification process. It is up to Croatia to meet the deadlines, but we very much hope you will succeed and will do whatever we can to help. Croatia’s entry into the EU will certainly send a very powerful signal to others in the region that the road to the EU and NATO is genuinely open provided they carry out the necessary reforms. In 2007 Your Embassy together with the Croatian Agency for Promoting Export financed the Labour Market Monitor (LMM) Project, the portal with the unique data base on disposal and price of the workforce in Croatia. The British export to the Republic of Croatia during 2006 was USD 406,4 million. How would you rate the business environment in Croatia, especially for the foreign investors? There is certainly interest in the UK in trading with and investing in Croatia as a future EU member state. There have been significant investments such as that by GlaxoSmithKline. However the business climate is not always easy. The efficiency of the public administration and the court system has a direct influence on the competitiveness of the private sector. It’s important to administer the

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Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Briatin and Norhtern Ireland to the Republic of Croatia
different. So-called “national” questions are much less prominent. Croatia has had the courage to take difficult political decisions and is an example to others in the region. There has also been significant concrete progress, symbolised by Croatia’s remarkable network of motorways. The number of British tourists has been growing at 30% annually and direct flights now exist between the UK and numerous destinations in Croatia. I have the impression that young Croatians are increasingly returning to the country, attracted by the remarkable quality of life. Dou you agree with the estimation of The Economist that Croatia might enter the EU around 2010, although it is still not prepared for the accessing, but the EU wants to stabilize the West Balkans? As EC President Barroso has said, if Croatia can fulfil all the opening benchmarks by the summer, the Commission hopes to put forward an indicative framework for con-

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NEWS FLASH

laws in a fair and predictable way, but also in a user-friendly way that helps firms and individuals to go about their business. I am very pleased that Croatia now has a Croatian Business Leaders’ Forum. The International Business Leaders’ Forum, founded by the Prince of Wales, exists to promote responsible business leadership and an understanding of the role of importance of the private sector in a modern knowledgebased economy. Helping with youth employment programmes is one of their practical activities. As the Prince of Wales said in his message to the CBLF on their foundation: “This is an important initiative.” We set apart the project from the field of employment and market labour reform, but during your stay you helped in the preparing of the Croatian negotiations with the EU concerning the modernisation of government administration in the development of a civil society. What is the overall value of your practical programmes? Which of them are you going to keep your memory of? Like all member states, the UK contributes to the EU’s programmes in Croatia. Our share of the IPA funding is about 17%. Beyond that there is a bilateral programme of joint projects aimed at helping Croatia’s EU preparations. It includes a scholarship programme for civil servants that is jointly funded by the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. The total value is (? To be checked). It is included in our Strategic Partnership programme. I have seen many of these projects in action, for instance the pilot project for witness protection in Vukovar. I was honoured to be

We are working closely together in the UN Security Council and Croatia's role both in the region and internationally is very much appreciated in London.
made an honorary member of the judges (ed: council?) in Vukovar! I particularly enjoy our annual party for the 30 scholars who leave for the UK each year when they meet the scholars who have just returned. These are brilliant young people who go on to work in various fields, including the administration, with a special focus on the EU. How would you rate the current Croatia’s position in the region – SE Europe? Croatia’s role in the region is very welcome and constructive. Croatia’s example shows that countries that adopt the necessary reforms can move rapidly towards EU and NATO membership. We very much welcome Croatia’s efforts to focus regional cooperation on a forward-looking agenda through the SEECP and CEFTA and other regional bodies. What is your comment on the current situation – parliamentary elections in Serbia and Macedonia, the Kosovo independence,

situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina? The region is going through a difficult time. It is all the more important to stay focused on the future. The rest of the world will not stand still while this region concerns itself with the past. It’s not for me to comment on elections in other countries, but I hope Croatia’s example will inspire others to move ahead. During one interview you praised the Croatian artists, saying that they could be very good ambassadors. Will you compare London and Zagreb cultural scene, which Croatia exhibition did you like most? Croatia has a lively cultural scene and some very successful artists who have become well-known internationally. Dusan Dzamonija is perhaps the best known living Croatian artist. I greatly admire his work. There have been some splendid exhibitions in Zagreb. I particularly liked the major exhibition of Junek at Klovicevi Dvori. Your musicians are also very successful. For example, the brilliant young singer Renata Pokupic who is well-known in the UK. Lately there has been a significant growth of tourist travels in Croatia from Great Britain. During the European Week you toured the whole of Croatia. Which tourist destinations would you recommend to your fellowcountrymen? Wherever I go, people assure me that their’s is the most beautiful town with the best wine and the most delicious food. I can sincerely say that I agree with them all! I shall certainly be returning to Croatia as a visitor and I take away many happy memories.

ice President of Croatian Government Jadranka Kosor met with the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Maud De Boer-Buquicchio, in Strasbourg to discuss the launching of a campaign to ban the corporal punishment of children. The Croatian ministry for the family, war veterans and inter-generational solidarity, which is headed by Jadranka Kosor, and the Council of Europe have organised the launching of the campaign in Croatia on June 15. De Boer-Buquicchio thanked Croatia for hosting the launch of the campaign and Kosor thanked the EU official for the honour of having the campaign start in Croatia. “Croatia got the honour to launch the campaign because of the good outcome of our campaign to stop violence against women”, said Vice President Kosor .The campaign will be conducted under the slogan “Rise your hands against corporal punishment of children”, and its goal is the implementation of absolute prohibition of any kind of corporal punishment of children into the legislation of all member countries as well as promotion of responsible parenthood and zero tolerance for corporal punishment of children.

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uring the visit to Munich, Vice President of the Croatian Government Đurđa Adlešič met with Edmund Stoiber, former Bavarian Prime Minister who is currently responsible for the reform of state administration in the European Union. Edmund Stoiber emphasized very good relations between Germany and Croatia and very good cooperation with the Government of Ivo Sanader. He supported Croatia on its’ way to European Union, and emphasized that Croatia must become 28th member of EU as well as how Croatian Government was working to meet necessary conditions for EU membership. Vice Presidents Adlešič informed Stoiber about the reforms being implemented by Croatian Government in order to fulfill all necessary conditions for EU membership. She emphasized especially reforms in the defense system as one of the main requirements for NATO membership.

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ice President of Croatian Government and Minister of the Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity Jadranka Kosor attended a summit meeting of the South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) in Pomorie, Bulgaria. In her speech Vice President Kosor said that the region should not got stuck in the memories of its hard past but that southeastern European countries should try bringing the region into a rich and prosperous Europe. She stressed that we must tirelessly combat corruption which is still deeply rooted in some of our societies, and we must eradicate poverty and social exclusion. It is encouraging that European partners support the expansion of the European Union into Croatia as well as other south-eastern European countries, Vice President Kosor said. Addressing a summit meeting Mrs. Kosor said that Croatia has made strong progress in EU accession negotiations in 2008 as well as in series of key reforms and that Croatia is sparing no effort to set a model for other countries in the region.

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elecommunication systems provider Ericsson Nikola Tesla has been awarded the Golden Key award as the best exporter among Croatia’s large companies. Awards to the best exporters of 2007 were presented at a convention of the Croatian Exporters’ Association. This is the first time the Croatian Exporters’ Association has presented this award. Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who presented the award to the President of the Managing

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Board of Ericcson Nikola Tesla Gordana Kovacevic, said that this data about increasing number of exporters were best answer to those who are for depreciation of Kuna as a key measure to help exporters. The number of exporters has grown in the conditions of macroeconomic stability, so the Government fully supports the policy of Croatian National Bank about defending the kuna’s exchange rate, PM Sanader added.

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roatian telecommunications company HT received the Golden Share 2007 Award for the best Croatian stock and the best Initial Public Offering (IPO) last year. This award is given in the organization of Lider business magazine, Croatian Television programme “Poslovni klub”, Zagreb Stock Exchange, and Association of Investment Fund Management Companies at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to HT CEO Ivica Mudrinić by Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who reminded that over 350.000 Croatian citizens had participated in HT’s IPO. He also said that over 800.000 Croatian citizens were more or less actively involved on the Croatian capital market which is great asset for the state and the reason why the Zagreb Stock Exchange could be a leader in the region.

n May 25th 2008 the President of the Croatian Government dr. sc. Ivo Sanader received Hans Dietrich Genscher, former German Minister for Foreign Affairs. Well-proved friend of Croatia, today as well as in the past, follows with interest Croatia’s success on the way of accessing the Euro-Atlantic Integration. He pointed out that the role of Croatia in creating an atmosphere of peace and stability in the SE Europe for the past few years had been extremely important and significant, and he congratulated Croatia for the recent invitation to NATO. On recalling of the past times and international recognition of Croatia, Prime Minister Sanader expressed his appreciation to Mr Genscher for the support he provided, for his friendship and his personal engagement which meant a lot during the days of fighting for Croatia’s independence.

roatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader met with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Bernier. During the meeting PM Sanader thanked Canadian Minister on Canada’s support to Croatia’s NATO membership invitation and expressed that Canada would be one of the first NATO countries to ratify the protocol on Croatia’s admission. PM Sanader briefed Minister Bernier about the activities in the accession negotiation of Republic of Croatia to European Union, and with the Croatian activities in the region. They also talked about the possibilities of simplifying visa regime, which would be important step towards the strengthening of, not just political, but also economic relations between Croatia and Canada. Minister Barnier said that he was honored to be the first Canadian minister of foreign affairs who visited Croatia, and expressed satisfaction by friendly relations of two countries which participate together in different international forums and peace missions like joint involvement in Afghanistan. Relations with Croatia are very important to Canada, notably when one takes into account the fact that Croatia, which is a regional leader without a doubt, will soon join the EU and NATO, said Minister Bernier. Minister Barnier also held talks with Croatian President Stjepan Mesić and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Gordan Jandroković.

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roatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader participated in the 50th international military pilgrimage to Lourdes. Prime Minister Sanader joined in the 16th pilgrimage of Croatian soldiers and police officer to the famous Marine shrine in France. During his visit to Lourdes Prime Minister Sanader met with the mayor of Lourdes Jean-Pierre Artiganave. PM Sanader expressed pleasure to be participating in the 50th international military pilgrimage in which some 2.300 Croatian Army members, police officers and war veterans participated this year. The Mayor said that the Croatians were always welcome. During his visit to military camp PM Sanader said that the unity of all its citizens is what Croatia needs now, and that unity must be felt in all elements of Croatian society. He said that we must not quarrel and cause differences among us. Croatia is tired of the past, but we must not forget the past and we must draw lessons from it. Talking about the current generation of Croatian soldiers Prime Minister Sanader said that they are combination of those who won freedom for Croatia and those who will bring country in the NATO and European Union.

roatian Prime Minister Sanader received the newly-appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia Mario Roberto Cassari. Prime Minister Sanader emphasized extremely good relations between Croatia and Vatican, and reminded about great support of Vatican in the process of independence and international affirmation of Croatia. He also added that Croatia now conduct intensive activities to join EU and NATO. Apostolic nuncio Cassari expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome in Croatia and emphasized that his mission will be to continue the exceptionally good relations with all Croatian institutions and to foster tolerance and good relations between Catholics and members of other religious communities in Croatia. Apostolic nuncio Cassari also met with the Croatian President Stjepan Mesić whom he handed his credentials. On this occasion apostolic nuncio Cassari said that the world is very well aware of the importance and reputation of the Croatian Nation, known for its permanent Christian values rooted deep in the people.

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roatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader met in Vienna with Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer. PM Sanader and Chancellor Gusenbauer said CroatianAustrian relations were exceptional, without outstanding issues, but there were many areas for further cooperation. PM Sanader was hopeful that Austria would continue to support Croatia on its road to the European Union. PM Sanader briefed Chancellor Gusenbauer about two important Croatian goals: NATO and EU accession. He said that they discussed about when Croatia could wrap up the accession negotiations and this could happen, as President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barosso has announced by the summer of next year, and we want to work towards that. We hope that Austrian government will help us, PM Sanader said. Austrian Chancellor Gusenbauer said that Austria strongly supported Croatia on the road to the EU and wished it to join as soon as possible. He also said that he is convinced that Croatia’s accession would further stabilise this region. They also talked about the possibility that Croatian and Austrian companies will appear on a third market together, because as PM Sanader said, Croatia knows the mentality in Southeast Europe and can be of assistance and that’s why joint companies can be formed for appearing on a third market. After the talks, PM Sanader and Chancellor Gusenbauer went to Ernst Happel stadium, joined by Croatian and Austrian Presidents Stjepan Mesić and Heinz Fischer, to watch the Croatia-Austria European Football Championship match.

Good relations between Croatia and China

Prime Minister Ivo Sanader met with the Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin. PM Sanader said that Croatian – Chinese relations were exceptionally good and added that Republic of Croatia supports China’s territorial integrity. Croatian Prime Minister also extended his condolences to Jia Qinglin on the devastating earthquake in the Sichuan province. He emphasized how Croatia intensively prepares quality presentation for World Fair EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and said that he is convinced that Croatian sportsmen will achieve great results at the Olympic Games this august in China. Chairman Qinglin thanked Prime Minister Sanader for support and condolences to Chinese people. He also said that People’s Republic of China appreciate Croatian support for China’s territorial integrity so thereby he emphasized important role of Croatia in UN Security Council. He said that trade between two countries is increasing but there is still enough space for its improvements. Both sides greeted exceptionally good cooperation on the local level, particularly between Zagreb and Shanghai. In the presence of Prime Minister Sanader and the Chairman Jia Qinglin several bilateral documents were signed for the purpose of improvements of international relations. During the official visit of the Chairman Jia Qinglin to Croatia, a Croatian – Chinese business forum was held in Zagreb. Presented at the forum were the two countries economies and the investment climate in Croatia.

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Croatian scientists closer to cancer remedy
roatian scientist Ivan Đikić at the Faculty of Medicine of the University in Frankfurt announced in the latest edition of the prestigious world journal of science ˝Nature˝, together with a young Croatian woman scientist Koraljka Husnjak, a discovery that could be the key in fighting against tumours and neurological ailments like the Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery deals with the protein Rpn 13 which works as a new receptor for the deconstruction of the proteins on proteasome (cell cleaner), i.e. the discovery of a mechanism of elimination of harmful proteins in a cell. This is truly an important discovery which has been confirmed by the fact that two works about this discovery were published in the latest edition of the journal

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˝Nature˝: the main article which describes biological significance of Rpn 13 receptor and a regular work about the structure of ubiquitin. Prof Đikić is the leader of the project in both works, while Koraljka Husnjak is the first author. In the scientific world, as stated in the article, such a success is a true rarity, and is realised by only a small number of scientists in the world each year. ˝This research is the biggest success in my career as we have managed to discover, in an original way, a long-time scientific enigma. I am especially happy that we started the research in our laboratory in Frankfurt, but the top results were achieved thanks to the team work of molecular biologists, biochemists, physicists and geneticists. These results are the crown of my six-year scientific work in Croatia,

so I am glad that the Medical Faculty in Split MedILS participated in this success˝, said Prof Đikić. As the scientist Đikić explained, on the basis of the discovery it will be possible to produce remedies which can regulate the deconstruction of proteins in a cell since the cancer cells in the progress depend on the break-up of certain proteins that are important for the spread of tumour’s scells, so the cells would not be able to multiply. The Rpn 13 protein is situated on the outer part of a cell cleaner and operates as a detector which will recognise the ubiquitin protein which is the signal on a cell’s waste which must be decomposed in the cleaner. Therefore, it recognises ubiquitin and in that way pulls closer the waste near the cell cleaner which is then decomposed. Prof Ivan Đikić said that it was the

matter of basic discovery, but the discovery of an important mechanism which worked in all the cells, either well or ill. ˝From the very discovery till the probable application of remedies in a clinic five to ten years will pass because that is the standard process. There are already remedies which block the activity of an inside of a cell cleaner, and we have discovered now the mechanism which works on the outer side of the cell cleaner. If we produce new remedy in that part, they will be able to combine. By the very combination of those remedies we can expect the enhancement of success, as we will be able to use the raid onto a tumour process in two spots. The success of a combined therapy is better as identical pathogenic mechanism

is destroyed in two ways. The value of this discovery is in that it has a direct relation with the development of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative diseases, as well as with the development of tumour. ˝Pharmaceutical industry will have an interest to produce remedies on that trace˝, believes that Croatian scientist. This discovery is only one in a line of international successes that doctor Đikić achieved in the field of science, which is confirmed by many prestigious acknowledgements, like the Binder award for innovations in 2006, two years earlier he was elected the member of EMBO, and in 2002 he received the Fernstrom Prize in Lund. Already before that he received the awards of Swedish Strategic Fund, and Boehringer Ingelheim Funds.

The American Association for Cancer Research awarded him with its 26th annual award for the exceptional accomplishments in cancer research, in 2006. It was the first time that prestigious award was given to European scientist. Congratulations came from all over the world, just like the congratulation of Minister of Science, Education and Sport Dragan Primorac. ˝This discovery is the proof of your significant contribution to science and it is a credit not only to you and your parent institution, but to Croatian institutions you co-operate with and to your associates in Croatia. Your success is great in that it is a part of the research made in Croatian institutions, and your discovery in this reputable journal holds Croatian address as well˝, pointed out the Minister.

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PLANČIĆ WINEYARD

Plančić Family plants the largest vineyard on Mediterranean islands

The story of Plančić family starts in 1919 and lasts till the present days. In each glass of wine of the Plančić family you will find the love toward grapes, the authenticity of ecologically protected area, and the harmony of authentic sorts and the skills of mature, but daring wine-makers.

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he sunny island of Hvar, under the reflection of immense sea surface and soil diversity, has always been the nursery of the best authentic wine sorts of the Mediterranean. Within living memory the dwellers of this island nourish the tradition of wine-growing and the decanting of nature’s bounty into top-quality wine. Since the Greek days wine grape has been deeply woven into the soil and the man of this beautiful area. Hvar vineyards are located in the ecologically pure zone, without industrial polluters, with wine-growing sorts nicely fused with the island’s karst. Famous wine family Plančić started planting 1 600 00 seedlings of the Dalmatian authentic wine sort plavac mali on 162ha of until recently rocky ground in the state ownership on the south coast of the island of Hvar, on the stretch from Poljice to Zastražišće. The ground has been transformed into the fertile soil for three months, by the machine which grinds surface and subterranean rocks to the depth of one metre. The whole project is HRK 150 million worth. On completing the planting it will be the largest single vineyard on

the Mediterranean islands, which requires at least 60 workers for its maintenance over a year. Due to the ground preparation three years will be necessary for all of the 1, 6 million of seedlings. Family Plančić got the right for the use of the state land for 40 years from the Croatian Government, and planted grape will produce the first bunch of grapes after three years. Then, the vineyard which is going to stretch on 4,5 km, is expected to produce crops for bottling a million and a half of top-quality wine plavac mali, and only authentic wine sort can give a new taste, scent and aroma for the world market. That will ensure Croatia to become a reputable wine country, while Dalmatia will get a chance to be placed on the third place of the famous wine regions, after Bordeaux and Toscana. Plančić started the preparation by monitoring projects of the same kind in Croatia, in order no to repeat their mistakes. The technique with bulldozers and tractors by which they grinded the stony ground had not been proved right. In search for the latest technology for converting rocky ground into a fertile soil, in 2005 Plančić went to Sicily to visit the family Iacono which has been dealing with agrarian improvement of karst for the third generation. There he saw that a soil of any

kind can be cultivable, and the machine imported from America, which the Government paid EUR 700 thousand for, will be used for that purpose. Delegations from Monte Negro and Bosnia and Herzegovina announced their coming wishing to get knowledge and experience of the work on that project. By the 19th century Croatia was a vineyard force, and our wine was then bought by the French. But as a result of different circumstances which met this area there came the stagnation of winegrowing. The phylloxera vastatrix devastated the Dalmatian vineyards and serious wine-growing fell through, while the domestic people left the lands looking for better living. Later on two nationalisations occurred which split the properties and reduced possible serious wine-growing. Still, Dalmatia, as wine-growing and wine region, will restore to its splendour which belongs to it undoubtedly. The story of Plančić family starts in 1919 and lasts till the present days, joining the tradition and contemporary oenological achievements. In each glass of wine of the Plančić family you will find the love toward grapes, the authenticity of ecologically protected area, and the harmony of authentic sorts and the skills of mature, but daring wine-makers.

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CROATIAN POLICE

Croatian policemen at EURO 2008
uring the European Football Championship EURO 2008 the model of police officers exchange is going to be applied due to the implementation of certain police tasks, which becomes more frequent and frequent practice within police departments of European countries, not only between the police departments of EU member states, but between the countries on the way of accessing the EU and others, as well. The preparation for the EURO 2008 already started in December 2006. Joint declarations on common co-operation in safety terms during the UEFA EURO 2008 were signed by now on a bilateral level. By signing the declarations, between the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia, and between the ……….of the Federal Department for Judiciary and the police of Swiss Confederation and the minister of the interior of the Republic of Croatia, the providing

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of help in men, exchange, i.e. the delivery of information and data about the supporters, monitoring of the supporters, measures for controlling supporters’ travel and co-operation with media were defined. In alliance with achieved agreements and signed declarations the Croatian Ministry of the Interior has sent two police teams. A part of police officers which are distributed around Austria and Switzerland operates its tasks in the Croatian police uniform, and another part, so-called ˝spotters˝ - those familiar with supporters and supporters’ scene operate dressed as civilians. Croatian policemen operating as civilians are wearing identifiable vests, so our supporters can ask them for help at any time. This kind of international police co-operation, based on practice and regulations of the EU, has become a common practice on the occasion of big, first of all sporting events, starting from the UEFA

EURO 2004 in Portugal until the last FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany. Although our police officers who participate at the EURO 2008 have already had quite rich experience with our supporters from the previous football championships in Germany and Portugal, we are stressing out that this is the biggest engagement of our police officers at such championships till now.

Foreign policemen on the Adriatic this tourist season too

The conference of the police heads just before the tourist season 2008, which was held in Opatija, on 23 and 24 May, gathered the representatives of police departments of eleven European countries: Croatia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Monte Negro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain and General Secretariat of Interpol.

Each year Croatia is visited by greater and greater number of tourists, so a joint project of the exchange of police officers during the tourist season confirms its real necessity and value. During the last tourist season in Croatia the policemen from Hungary, Austria and France were operating and that was proved of great value by the satisfaction of the tourists who came to Croatia from those countries. On the grounds of signed Memoranda on Understanding in SplitDalmatia and Lika-Senj police departments eight Slovakian police officers will operate during July and August. Twelve Austrian police officers will operate in the area of Primorje-Gorski Kotar police department. Both Czech and Croatian side agreed on coming of fourteen Czech police officers who will, in two months’ term, operate in the area of Split-Dalmatia police department. Hungarian police officers come to Croatia third year in a row and in 2006 they were the first signers of the Memorandum on Understanding. During the forthcoming tourist season in Croatia eight Hungarian police officers are coming who will, in shifts of two, operate in the area of Zadar police department. A Joint Report on Co-operation between Croatian and French police will be additionally signed, so in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva police department two French police officers are going to operate in the period from 15 to 24 August.

ing period, as the most advanced country in the region, Croatia contributed in more successful cooperation among the countries in the region in the field of monitoring state border, migration and information exchange and intergenerational co-operation. MARRI meeting of regional forum, by which Croatia ended its presiding, has marked a step forward in strengthening regional co-operation and providing overall stability and prosperity in SE Europe. Our region has succeeded to transform itself into the area of co-operation from the area of conflicts, and a political procedure of solving dispute issues is being in process. A significant progress has been achieved in the Stabilisation and Accessing Process in the whole of the region. As a candidate state in the process of accessing negotiations Croatia is strongly supporting efforts toward EU membership. Continual process of the EU enlargement and the final formation of the SE Europe’s region is still our joint strategic selection which will build up peace and ease the development of this part of Europe. Moreover, the alliance with the EU acquis communautaire in the field of migration is a precondition for all the countries wishing to join the EU. Since the responsibility for that lies on single countries, the MARRI offers a platform for the exchange of the best practices and information. During the first half of the presiding, the Republic of Croatia implemented the concept of regional ownership over MARRI, by which the member states finance the work of the Regional centre by paying membership dues. The most important projects which MARRI Regional Centre realised in the period of Croatia’ presiding over MARRI , and in co-operation

Croatia successfully ends one-year term presiding over MARRI initiative

The Republic of Croatia successfully ended its one-year term presiding over the Regional Initiative for Migration, Asylum and Refugees (MARRI). During the presid-

with the MARRI member states and partner organisations, are: issuing of the project on the protection of documents in MARRI region financed by the Government of Great Britain, enhancement of measures for fighting human trafficking in SE Europe, collecting of data and information management which was realised with the partnership with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), realisation of the programme for supporting the development of trans-national referential mechanisms for the victims of human trafficking in SE Europe in the partnership with the ICMPD, holding many workshops and conferences. By successful holding of the workshop ˝Strengthening of the cross-border police co-operation of the countries in the region˝, in Zagreb on May 2008, the Republic of Croatia showed its significant contribution to the future development of cross-border police co-operation and strengthening of safety and stability of all the countries in the region and common European safety as well. Zagreb declaration, being an important document of regional co-operation, was adopted and accepted as the permanent strategy and action plan of the MARRI activities. The greatest contribution, due to professionally performed tasks out of an authority, in the field of monitoring the state border, information exchange and intergenerational co-operation, was provided by the employees of the Border Department and the employees of Inspection and Administrative Affairs, and in that way contributed much in the MARRI development. The next one-year term presiding over MARRI is being entrusted to the Republic of Macedonia.

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Ivan Vučetić
the man who unveiled crime
actiloscopy is a discipline of forensic science which studies various shapes of papillary ridges on the cushions of fingers, palms and feet with the aim of establishing a person’s identity and identities of perpetrators of criminal acts, on the basis of the remaining traces. The history of crime investigation and law enforcement and contemporary forensics are inconceivable without it. It is less known that the inventor and the founder of this method, without which the work of the world police departments would be impossible, is the Croat Ivan Vučetić. He was born 150 years ago, the son of a modest barrel maker on the island of Hvar. Although he took schooling at a monastery, knew the German and the Italian languages, musically educated, he was one of the Croats who was forced to work abroad in the second half of the 19th century. At the age of 26, with his younger brother hidden in a coal room of a

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big ocean-going ship, he sails in the Buenos Aires harbour. In the first few years he learns Spanish and does hard works in a big state-owned company for public works in the main Argentinean city, then settles in La Plata and gets employed as a trainee in the Central Police Bureau. Only a year later, the prodigious and ambitious Croat becomes the Head of the Police Bureau of Statistics. At the time, there were 133 settlements with some 150.000 Croatians in Argentina, who were among the first European immigrants to settle in the Argentinean pampas. A few years later, while he was working as the Head of the Office of Anthropometric Identification, where he was obtaining a large number of fingerprints, he continued his research of fingerprints classification. Although fingerprints were discovered centuries

Qui in manu omnium hominum signat ut noveri singuli opera sua He sealeth up the hand of all men, that every one may know his works. (Old Testament, Book of Job, 37:7)
ago and although it was known that there were no two individuals with identical fingerprints, at that moment no workable system for identifying an individual had been established. Vučetić intensively studied the British anthropologist Francis Galton’s research that led him to the conclusion that fingerprints could be classified by groups and he created a method of identification by means of digital impressions. He also invented the elements for obtaining the best possible quality of fingerprints. Then, in 1892 the famous „Rojas case“ took place: a six year old boy, and a four year old girl were brutally murdered in the village near Buenos Aires. At first, suspicion fell on the villager named Velasquez, who divorced children’s mother, Francisca Rojas. But the

man did not confess the murder, even after having been tortured. Investigators found a bloody fingerprint at the crime scene and contacted Vučetić who compared the fingerprints of both Rojas and Velasquez with the bloody stain. The match was positive for the mother. Confronted with the evidence, she confessed. This was the first successful use of fingerprint identification in a murder investigation. After this case, Vučetić continued improving his method which he called dactiloscopia. Each time he improved his theory or practical method, Vučetić published a bulletin with all of his findings. His definite work on fingerprint identification, a book called Dactiloscopia Comparada was issued in 1904 and was widely considered as the masterpiece enabling him to receive awards and honours around the world. He achieved the approval of the international scientific community and was recognized as one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. His travels to other countries helped to spread his system throughout the world. Besides an intensive occupation with science, the multitalented Vučetić liked to play the piano, he composed waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, antiphones… He founded the Police Orchestra in La Plata and, being a true benefactor, he founded Drop of Milk Society to take care of the children of the police officers who fell in the line of duty. He considered Argentina, where he died in 1925, as his second homeland, and his five children out of three marriages, are of Argentinean citizenship. The same year when his crucial work was published in Zagreb started the dactiloscopy of convicts. Already in 1925 Zagreb disposes of one of the biggest dactiloscopic data in the SE Europe. One-time pension of 25 000 pesos ensured for his dream to come

true – in 1912 he goes for a scientific journeying through North America, Asia and Europe. He toured 18 countries and 43 towns; he met the work of other offices and conveyed his knowledge. On that occasion he visited his hometown Hvar, where he met with his mother and many relatives. On his return to Argentina he withdraws from the public life and all the collected scientific material donates to the University in La Plata. A few months before his death in the city of Dolores he founds the Police Museum with Vučetić memorial chamber. Many years later, in 1941, in Rosario, near La Plata, his half-length portrait was set, and the Police Academy named after him was established. A district in La Plata was also named after him. In 1962 the Argentinean post dedicates him a stamp. Croatia did not forget him too; from 1953, within the Ministry of the Interior, the Centre for forensic research has been operating, named after him in 1977, just as well as the Institute of forensic sciences Ivan Vučetić as the part of the Faculty of Law in Split. On the occasion of marking the 150th anniversary of his birth, but also 55 years of the work of Croatian Centre for Forensic expertise, the Croatian Emigration Institute and the Ministry of the Interior laid out the multimedia exhibition with some original exhibits from the Police Museum in La Plata. One of the most interesting exhibits is the dactilonom, the model of ten-digit fiche in the wooden frame, by which the combination of more than a million fingerprints could have been displayed accord-

ing to the Vučetić’s formula. By the opening of the exhibition, presentation of a post stamp with the character of Ivan Vučetić, the earlier unveiling of the half-length portrait in the premises of the Croatian Emigration Institute, the Vučetić Project started – a range of events, exhibitions, lecturings, and presentations from Zagreb to Vučetić’s hometown Hvar, via Split, Opatija, Pula and Trieste. The creators and the project heads are Ljerka Galić, the head of the Emigration Museum within the Croatian Emigration Institute, and Željko Jamičić, the head of the Police Museum. In the occasional speech Minister of the Interior Berislav Rončević highlighted that naming the Centre for forensic expertise, a reputable centre that does not lag behind the similar European centres due to the professionalism of experts and the equipment, after Ivan Vučetić is the reflection of our respect toward our man who was the first one in the world to create the method of fingerprints classification. On addressing the ambassador of Argentina Domingo Cullen, the Minister expressed his hope that the exhibition would improve even more good relations of the countries. The exhibition was attended by the Director of the La Plata Police Museum, Miguel Prados. The Argentinean première of the exhibition will be held in November of this year. By his invention of dactiloscopy and ten-finger identification Vučetić ensured the execution of justice over serious criminals, and the dignity of the truth to their victims.

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Protected plant species in Croatia
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roatia is among the richest countries of Europe when it comes to diversity of plant species. According to the known data today the flora in Croatia enumerates 8 582 species (species and subspecies), while the presumed number rises to almost 10 000 species. The wealthiest and best explored is the vascular flora (ferns and spermatophytes) with 5 347 described species and subspecies. Due to its specific position, characteristic ecological, climatic and geomorphologic circumstances and due to great number of various habitat types, Croatia is the centre of endemic species in SE Europe. Out of the total number of familiar species, some 6% of them are endemic. A great number of endemic species can be found along the islands and high-mountainous areas of Velebit and Bikovo mountains. Among the mountainous endemic species there is a considerate number of Tertiary relicts, while the islands’ endemic species have grown up mainly due to isolation and the biggest number belongs to the Centaurea genus. There is a problem of different level of endanger of certain species because of the loss or degradation of a habitat. According to the Red Book of vascular flora in Croatia (2005) 4% species have been endangered out of the overall number of familiar species of Croatian flora. The loss of habitat is mostly connected with different anthropogenic impacts, even though it can happen naturally (natural vegetation successions). Due to the advancement of successions the most endangered plant species are those of marshy habitats and areas covered with moss, reed and herbs. The protection of wild plant species has been ordered by the Act on Environmental Protection. Protected plant species are arranged into two categories of protection: strictly protected species and protected species. Strictly protected species must not be picked up, collected, destroyed, cut or dug out. It is forbidden to keep or sell self-grown strictly protected species. Protected wild species can be used in that way and in that quantity so that their population on both the state and local level will not be brought into danger. In this edition we are presenting you strictly protected plant – the Lady’s Slipper.

Visibaba i šafran photo by Zrinka Domazetović

Mekolisna veprina (Ruscus hypoglossum) photo by Zrinka Domazetović

Kranjski ljiljan photo by Egon Vasilić

Cypripedium calceolus L. Gospina papučica (The Lady’s Slipper)
The Lady’s Slipper belongs to the family of Orchidacea. It grows in shady and damp rocky areas of mountainous woods and underbushes. It flowers in May and June, and in July it flowers in mountainous regions. Among the orchids of Europe this species possesses the biggest and most peculiar blossoms, and at the same time is one of the rarest ones. The Lady’s slipper is an herbaceous perennial with thick, knotty, horizontally sliding underground stem and quite thick roots. The stem is round, covered with short hairs, straight, and 15 to 60 cm tall. At the top of the stem there are one or two big flowers of pleasant scent, which reminds of that of an apricot. All the leaves of the perianth are of purple-brown colour with a lot of veins. Honey lip is gold or lemon yellow, concave with elliptic opening on the upper side along which the edge from the inside is bent. The blossom has two stamens which are yellow with red spots. The fruit is a pouch with a lot of tiny seeds.

patuljasto zvonce, biokovsko zvonce Edraianthus pumilio photo by Ante Bulić

photo by Zrinka Domazetović

Orhideja (Orchidaceae spp.) photo by Zrinka Domazetović

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CROATIA
ith more than a thousand islands stretching along 1777km of the Adriatic coast Croatia is truly the land of islands. Many of them are inhabited and provide a pleasant living space far away from urban noise and rapid way of living. Each of the islands is a unique one telling its story and destiny. It’s in the human nature to have a weak point, and those who have some knowledge about Croatian islands have a thousand of them. The very first visit to the Adriatic coast and islands is a journey into unknown, and each next journey will be expected with impatience, coming back to beauty of this wonderful and fascinating country. We are beginning the story of the islands with the Brijuni (Brioni Islands). These fourteen islands are situated on the stretch seven kilometres long between Pula and Rovinj. There the nature created a real little paradise: true harmony of plant and animal life, historical monuments and modern hotels. One can find there a shelter in the shade of evergreen vegetation, while pheasants, deer and fawn freely wander over the island, and one can enjoy in tranquillity and silence under the holm-oak tree-

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tops and centennial olive-groves. Golden or Green Krk – island or not? Due to its idyllic nature and peaceful oasis the island is far away from everyday life, although according to the traffic connection is not. Krk, having a small airport, is detached from the land by sea, but connected with a bridge. If you are looking for an island on your scale you will find it out in Krk, as the islands of Plavnik, Kormat, Galun, Prvić and Zec are exceptional tourist destinations with nature untouched by a human hand. If you are interested in the excitement of urban crowd and peculiar hospitability you have to come to the island’s places - Baška, Malinska, Omišalj, Njivice, Krk and Punat, which has the biggest marine on the Croatian side of the Adriatic. The island abounds in great historical tales, miraculous landscapes and dear people. It has been named golden long time ago as there the nature is gold as well as the sunsets, sand beaches and dense forests, rocky grounds and karst, olive oil, wine and honey. Cres and Lošinj - one or two islands? Long time ago they were linked by a canal dug out by the Romans but today they are separated. The northern part of Cres is hidden by the Bay of Rijeka, and is open to strong north wind so sometimes its peaks are whitened by spray. The south part is protected from the bora and has exceptionally Mediterranean climate. The town of Cres is the centre of the island. You can come to its nucleus through three gates, and at every step you will find historical traces. On one of our beautiful journeys we took you to Lubenice, a stone town of unbroken history 4000 years old, which is also called a tiara of Cres Island. Lošinj climate is pleasant, and the island is rich in forests, and due to that is equally valuable as both tourist and health resort. Among 1185 islands and ledges scattered along the Adriatic coast, built of firm and sharp stones and a handful of ground, Susak is one of the rare ones which nature created out of sand. This small island in the north Adriatic is famous for shallow sand coves, beautiful national costumes and yellowish dust the island is made of. It is unique by the dust – even the skilful seafarers will agree that there is no such an island in the whole Mediterranean. There are no roads on the island, no cars, and no noisy night clubs – only kilometres of dusty paths which connect the village with remote slews over grassy cascades. The island of Rab is a constituent part of the archipelago in the Kvarner Bay of the Adriatic Sea, in the north-west part of Croatia. Beside the eponymous antique town, in different corners of the island seven remaining idyllic places are situated: Barbat, Banjol, Palit, Kampor, Mundanije, Supetarska Draga and Lopar. If you like old towns where each building remembers a few tenths of generations, you will feel best in Rab. Find out why the summers on the island of Pag are never forgettable, the island known for the unique Pag lace, delicious lamb and cheese, salt which is produced for centuries in Pag salt pans, and the scent of sage, but also the island known for an enigmatic stone surface like that of the Moon. You should try white wino ˝žutica˝, or famous Pag lamb and cheese. If you find yourselves in the middleAdriatic islands like Olib, Silba, Premude, Vir, Dugi Otok, Lovrade or Pašman, you will notice how everyday problems and social chains disappear. There is only untouched nature in front of you. You will get charmed by these islands, they will give you energy and they will enrich you. The island of Ugljan is the ˝suburb˝ and the garden of Zadar, and was named that due to heavy production of oil. Namely, there are more than 100 000 of olive trees. The nearby island of Pašman coalesced with Ugljan. They are actually twins, and the only difference is that Pašman is more tranquil. Both islands are equally beautiful, covered by silvery olivegroves. Iž is the island situated between Ugljan and Dugi Otok. It is equally famous for lush Mediterranean vegetation, and having no cars. Dugi Otok is the largest island in Zadar archipelago. It is an ideal destination for tourists, who will be able to compensate modest offer of the tourist infrastructure in tranquillity, solitude and nature beauty. The main attractions of Dugi Otok are: Nature Park Telašćica with eight metres deep bay and accompanying islets, salt lake and 80m high rock toward the open sea, sand beach Saharun, lighthouse Veli Rat, and the Kornati. Legend has it that Kornati, the maze of sea passages and islets emerged out of a huge quantity of stone rocks which God left after having created the world. He threw them into to sea, looked at them and concluded that nothing was to be fixed up. Famous George Bernard Shaw said for this group of the most well-indented islands in the Adriatic consisting of 140 islands, islets and ledges: ˝Gods wanted to crown their work so on the very last day of creating the world, out of their tears, stars and breath Kornati aroused.˝ According to its splendour Murter stands out with the area of 18 square kilometres. It is linked with the land by the bridge only twelve metres long. Murter is the island of fishermen, olive-groves and shipbuilders. The largest places on the island are Tisno, Hramina, Betina and Jezera. Far away from the land for more than a mile, the island of Prvić in Šibenik archipelago belongs to a range of the islands closest to the land. Sunny beaches, scented shade of the Mediterranean pine and old stone houses by the very seaside allure many visitors, especially the lovers of a peaceful and discrete summer atmosphere, who in a beautiful view to the nearby archipelago from Prvić hills, pure sea and picturesque coves can find exactly what they were looking for – relaxation. The island of Zlarin is situated south-west from Šibenik.. There are public beaches with sand beach, offering tranquillity and silence, picturesque nature and hospitable inhabitants, so we recommend it to families with small children and to all those wishing relaxation, as there are no cars allowed on the island. Western from Zlarin there

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is the island of Obonjan. It is at the same time the island, community, town and a whole small continent whose existence was made-up because of the young and their leisure time. On the maps its name was written down just like that, but there is one name for that small land surrounded by the sea - the island of youth. In the nearby there is the island of Kaprije which was named after the Mediterranean plant caper whose buds are used as a spice. Many sailboats visit Kaprije due to numerous coves and beautiful beaches. Žirje is the farthest island of Šibenik archipelago with great fishing areas and many coves for boaters. Krapanj is the smallest and the lowest inhabited island of this archipelago with the area of only 0,36 km and the elevation of only 7 m, but still is the most inhabited island of the archipelago. Opposite Split, the city of neat structure, full of historical and cultural valuables with an airport and a harbour, there is the island of Brač, the highest and the third in a size island in the Adriatic. It is covered with pine forest, vineyards and olive-groves and with the world famous Brač stone which was used in building many important world buildings (for example, the White House in Washington D.C.). We are inviting you to meet the charm of this unique island, its untouched nature, too rich historical and cultural inheritance. South from Brač is Hvar, the longest island on the Adriatic. It is the island of vineyards, olive-groves and lavender. It is surrounded by the crystal blue sea, many sources and the greatest average of sunny days per year. Along both sea sides there are many old stone houses linked by small bridges. Stari Grad creates true unity, and fishing museum in Vrbosko is unique on the Adriatic. Undoubtedly, Hvar is an

extraordinary island. It is distinguished by a pleasant winter and summer resorts, mild climate and lush subtropical vegetation. Pakleni otoci is especially interesting group of islands covered with gravel and sand beaches and rocky sea bed perfect for underwater fishing. Šolta, the island of fishermen and farmers, olives and vineyards, today is the chest which keeps memories on Mediterranean as it used to be once. Grey roofs of farmers, fishermen and seamen, narrow stone streets and modest homes are the witnesses of some olden times when farmers’ life was difficult. Walking through the old island’s streets gets you for many decades back into history. This gentle, middle-Dalmatian island gladly receives each guest and treats him/her even more gladly with the charm of its green-blue untouched nature. Far away from the land and land problems is the island of Vis, abundant in palms, famous for its fishermen, sailors, beautiful nature and diverse tourist offer. What represents Vis is the pure and beautiful sea, many coves, gravel and sand beaches, hidden coves which are difficult to be approached. Preserving their beauty they are the true oases of peace and maybe the greatest value of the island’s offer. South-west there is the island of Biševo, which stretches on 6 square kilometres. There are many caves, chiselled into steep coasts. Among them is Modra spilja with its above-sea and subsea mouths. When the sea is calm the sunbeams which throw light in the cave diffract in a way that they reflect from the walls illuminating in blue the objects and persons above the water, and in silver those under the water. The Vis archipelago includes the islands

Svetac (St. Andrew), Jabuka, Brusnik and Palagruža. Pelješac is situated on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, half way between Dubrovnik and Split. It is surrounded by Neretva, Mali Ston, Korčula-Pelješac canal. Pelješac canal separates the island of Korčula from the Pelješac peninsula, while along the north-east coast of Korčula till the middle of Pelješac canal stretches an archipelago consisting of 50 islets and islands, very romantic with beautiful beaches. This is the warmest area of Croatian seaside, which is very favourable for the vegetation and agriculture, first of all for wine and olive growing. Pelješac is famous for oysters and wine: Postup and Dingač from the bay of Mali Ston are famous wine sorts of this climate. It is said that Korčula is the island with the most legends and monuments, and besides Lokrum and Mljet it is the most afforested island in Croatia. At the end of the 13th century near Korčula there was a sea battle fought between Venice and Genoa. Marco Polo, the famous traveller and travel writer, who is believed to be born in Korčula, fought on the Venetian side. The island of Korčula represents a unique link of beautiful nature, millennia-old cultural tradition and history and modern tourism. Numerous beautiful beaches and coves, luxurious hotels and summer cottages, centennial olive-groves and vineyards, very ancient summer residences and island’s places, which look like being lost in some past time, attract tourists from all over the world to come to this island. The island of Lastovo is 13 km southern from Korčula and by its size of 50 square kilometres is one of less inhabited islands on the Adriatic. The peculiarity of the island is number 46. Namely,

Lastovo is surrounded by 46 uninhabited islets, there are 46 chapels, 46 high grounds or hills, and the same number of lowlands – cultivated fields of olives, fruit and wine grape. By its forward position on the Adriatic and numerous coves, the island of Lastovo is a very attractive for boaters, and the divers for sure have material to be watched in the sea-bed of the island and neighbouring islets. Near Pelješac there is Mljet, the island which stretches on 100 square kilometres. Due to its dense pine woods, karst caves and two picturesque lakes connected with the sea, gravel and sand beaches and fishing area rich in fish and lobsters, the western part of the island holds a status of a national park. Many people are not able to define the colour of the Adriatic Sea. Sometimes it is deep blue, sometimes greenish-bluish. The fact is that it, depending on the part of the day and angle of immersion of sunbeams, twinkles into thousand of hues. But one is true; it is always beautiful and unique. This is of course only a small part of what you are going to enjoy in if you decide to visit one of these wonderful islands. Surely you will find the one which suits you and the one you will give your hear to. For more information visit the official sites of the Croatian National Tourist Board and the official sites of the islands which were of great help in creating this report.

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ffort, working hard and persistence are characteristics of all Croatian athletes which was proved by a range of top sporting results in various disciplines which, together with all the beauties of Croatia, have additionally drawn world’s attention on our small country. We can unpretentiously add that Croatia is truly sporting nation and sport is a big part of recognisable Croatian identity, culture and relatively young tradition. Day after day our athletes create history and leave traces on the world and European levels. Therefore, top results marked the previous month, the month of May! To mention our gymnasts Filip Ude and Robert Seligman, paralympic athletes Darko Kralj and Mihovil Španja, and we should not leave out the departure of the Croatian ˝fiery˝ football national team on EURO 2008….. Let’s do it one by one…
the result of the career (15.725), took the third place in qualifications, while Ude entered the finals as the sixth (15.100). Still, the most important date written down in the Croatian history was Sunday 11 May 2008, and single finals on seniors’ appartus. Our Olympian Ude did not manage to complete the performance in the whole, his starting mark was only 15.900, but he was not distracted by that, on the contrary, it gave him an impetuous to be much better in the finals competing for the first place. And it was so! Filip Ude with the mark 15.625 took a fantastic second place while Robert Seligman with 15.500 did not lag far behind him. Gold medal was won by Hungarian Krisztian Berki with great 16.025. Ude’s medal has a huge significance as he is temporarily preparing for the Olympic Games in Beijing. For that reason he did not performed in pentathlon, but only took the floor and pommel horse discipline. Among the first ones to congratulate for the fantastic success were the President of the Republic of Croatia Stjepan Mesić and the President of the Croatian Government dr.sc. Ivo Sanader. Still, that was not the end of top results of these gymnasts. Namely, on 15 May Filip Ude and Robert Seligman are continuing their series at the World Cup in Tianjin, China. The same placing, silver medal of Filip Ude and bronze medal of Robert Seligman have been added to the collection of arranged successes. Our gymnasts returned back to Croatia with four medals! The Delegation of Croatian Gymnastics Federation was received on Wednesday 21 May, at the Banski dvori, by the Minister of Science, Education and Sport Prof dr. sc. Dragan Primorac saying: ˝My congratulations to Filip and Robert in managing to win the medal for Croatian gymnastics after more than half a century and by that announced a great come back of the Croatian gymnastics on the world scene˝. He also added that the Government of the Republic of Croatia would issue a decision on money reward at the next sitting.

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World records of Mihovil Španja and Darko Kralj

he carried out better time – he swam 18/100 of a second faster than the earlier world record. On the other hand, our paralmpic athlete Darko Kralj sets the new world record in shot-put with the hit of 14.04 m at the 11th Croatian Open Athletics Champs for Disabled Athletes which took place at the FC Rijeka’s stadium Kantrida, on 24 and 25 May 2008. The coordinator of this Croatian Championships was the Croatian Paralympics Committee, and was sponsored by the Vice-president of the Croatian Government and Minister or Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity Jadranka Kosor. The Championships gathered a strong international competition, more than 250 athletes from 13 countries, among them being the paralympic national teams of China and Ukraine. The competition was held in fourteen disciplines with the performance of all our 13 paralympic athletes who met

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uropean Gymnastics Championships that was held in Switzerland in Lausanne, from 8 to 11 May 2008 put Croatia back on the pedestal. Namely, with the silver medal of Filip Ude and bronze one of Robert Seligman, in the pommel horse discipline, in the competition of 100 competitors, the best result in the history of Croatian gymnastics was achieved, and proved that Croatian gymnasts belonged to the European top. Even though we have waited for 51 years since the bronze medal was won by Franjo Čaklec in the pommel horse discipline and the European Championship in Paris 1957, to get new European medal, we can freely and proudly say – we were looking forward to that day! That Croatia was to win a medal was clear already on Thursday, 8 May 2008, when Seligman, with

roatian paralympic athletes Mihovil Španja and Darko Kralj again confirmed the quality of the Croatian sport. Striking of the world record and winning the silver medal are some of their achievements. At the 2nd German Swimming Open for Disabled Athletes, which was held in Berlin from 22 to 25 May 2008, in the competition of 606 swimmers from 35 countries, our best Croatian paralympic swimmer Mihovil Španja sets the new world record and steals the silver medal. The way to the silver medal was done in the 100 m breaststroke discipline, with the result of 1.26.29. But that was just a prelude for what was coming up – striking of the world record. A day after, on 25 May 2008, our Mihovil Španja sets the new world record in the 50m breaststroke discipline with the result of 38.62 seconds. In the afternoon programme

the rates for the performance at the Paralympics Games in Beijing from 6th to 17th September. Let’s mention that Darko Kralj is one of those who will participate at the Games, with the rest 22 Croatian disabled athletes, and he is one of the aces for a medal. Congratulations for a fantastic success of the Croatian paralmpic athletes were sent by the Croatian President Stjepan Mesić, President of the Croatian Government dr.sc. Ivo Sanader, Vice-president of the Croatian Government and Minister or Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity Jadranka Kosor, and Minister of Science, Education and Sport Prof dr. sc. Dragan Primorac.

Ude and Seligman on the pedestal!

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Football
European Football Championships (EURO) 2008

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n June 2008 Austria and Switzerland sent an invitation to the best European national teams and the most loyal supporters for the European Football Championships 2008, among them being our Croatian team for the third time. So, all the ways led to the host countries. Football fans will have a chance to enjoy in the matches of sixteen national teams from 7 to 29 June 2008 in the following cities: Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt (Austria). Football fever on the occasion of the beginning of the Championships 2008 was brought to an end! Now there are three weeks of excitement, euphoria and tears ahead us, three weeks of rule of football, until the last whistle on

29 June at the stadium ˝Ernst Happel˝ in Vienna. Out of 31 matches, 16 of them will take place in Austria. It is expected that 550 000 spectators will come to the stadiums, up to 2 million supporters and spectators to watch the matches in live, and 8 to 10 billion TV spectators all around the world. At the Sheraton Hotel Prime Minister Sanader welcomed our fiery football team, led by the selector Slaven Bilić, the members of the official staff and the functionaries of the Croatian Football Federation, who encouraged them before leaving for the Championships, and said: ˝I came here with the team of the Government to wish you good luck to EURO, where, I am sure, you will burn on the field and be true ˝fiery˝, and

we will, as always, cheer on for you˝. Prime Minister was accompanied by Vice-president of the Croatian Government and Minister or Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity Jadranka Kosor, Vice-president of the Government for the Economy Damir Polančec, Minister of Finance Ivan Šuker, Minister of Culture Božo Biškupić and Minister of Science, Education and Sport Prof dr. sc. Dragan Primorac. The captain of the team Niko Kovač gave Prime Minister Sanader the jersey of the Croatian National Team with the signatures of all the players and thanked him for all that had been done for the good of sport , especially football, by him personally and the Government as well.

First triumph of Croatian team at Euro 2008

Before this issue went to print only first game of Group B was played on June 8th, between Croatia and Austria in Vienna. We are happy to say that Croatia won by 1-0. Luka Modrić scored a fourth-minute penalty. The match was played before 51,718 fans at Ernst Happel Stadium. Vienna was covered by people wearing red and white shirts, scarves, caps, flags and other Croatian supporters’ symbols that came from all parts of Croatia to encourage and support their team. Also, in every Croatian town, people gathered at squares, coffee bars and other public places to watch the game and cheer together. It was a good day for Croatian football! We congratulate our team and hope that they will continue to play good games and prove themselves the champions we already know they are, regardless of the result.

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