Latest News from Croatia

Telenor Bulgaria Backs Second Global Datathon 2018

Telenor Bulgaria said it's backing the second edition of the international Global Datathon 2018 hackathon that will be held between 28 and 30 September. Global Datathon 2018 is a 48-hour competition organised by the volunteer organisation Data Science Society. Its participants will be able to work with mentors and experts from around the world.

United Group Dismisses Fears of 'Change' After Buyout

United Group's General Counsel, Steve Leroy, said nothing would change after the private equity firm BC Partners this week acquired a majority stake in the largest alternative pay-TV company in former Yugoslavia.

"The future plans for the companies within the group, including the N1 news network, will not change," Leroy told BIRN.

BC Partners Buys Serbia's Biggest Cable Group United Group

A private equity firm, BC Partners, is to take over majority ownership of Serbia's largest cable company, United Group, from the US-based equity firm, KKR, which will downgrade to minority owner, BC Partners and KKR announced jointly on Thursday. 

"BC Partners is the final buyer of KKR's stake," BC Partners told BIRN on Thursday.

Croatian footballer named "world's best" by FIFA

The Croatia and Real Madrid footballer was last month declared Europe's best player, and also won the Golden Ball at the World Cup in Russia.

Modric beat Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus to the award - with the latter failing to show up at the event, the Best FIFA Football Awards, held in London on Monday.

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Major retailer SPAR "has plans for Serbia"

"Yes, SPAR has plans for Serbia," Brantusa told us on the margins of the CEE Property Forum in Vienna.

According to him, after the stabilization of the market in Croatia, where they are now working intensively, the multinational retailer will move to the Serbian market.

Croatia's Modric Named World Footballer of the Year

Two months after the Croatian national football team became the runners-up at the World Cup in Russia, captain Luka Modric was given the men's player of the year award by FIFA at a ceremony in London on Monday.

He won this year's award ahead of Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo, his former Real Madrid teammate and twice winner of the 'best player' prize.

China's Biggest Shipping Company Opens in Bosnia

COSCO shipping lines, China's largest state-owned international and domestic container shipping and related services company, is opening its first branch in Sarajevo on Tuesday.

Greece at risk of missing EU waste management targets

Greece is among the 14 EU member-states that are at risk of missing the 2020 target of 50 percent recycling of municipal waste, the European Commission said in a report on the implementation of EU legislation published on Monday.

Besides Greece, the other countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.

Serbian Activists Call for Monument to Yugoslav General

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights called for a monument to former Yugoslav People’s Army general Vladimir Trifunovic, who was prosecuted for treason in Serbia for pulling his troops out of Croatia to save their lives.

Croatia Police Deny Separating Migrant From Daughter

Croatian police have denied separating a Syrian migrant from his young daughter - after he issued a call for help over the weekend in finding his five-year-old daughter, who he says is now stuck in Croatia while he is back in Bosnia.

He claims the Croatian police separated him from his daughter, which the Croatian police have denied.

Bulgaria to Launch Campaign to Attract Chinese Tourists, Says Bulgarian Tourism Minister

Sofia. China is very important for the European tourism, we seek to promote Bulgaria as a tourism destination in the Chinese market. We are preparing a marketing campaign to attract visitors from China, which we plan to launch next year. Bulgaria's official tourism portal will be available in Chinese after its upgrade in 2019.

Balkan Countries Spy Potential in Chinese Tourism

Tourism ministers and experts from China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries attended a conference on September 18 to 20, in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to discuss further co-operation in the tourism sector.