“Workers at Croatia’s largest shipbuilding group Uljanik, who have been on strike for more than a week, began receiving their delayed July salaries on Friday and are set to return to work on Monday.

Union leaders and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, whose government struck a deal with a local bank, confirmed the payments for some 4,500 workers at the docks, located in the northern Adriatic cities of Pula and Rijeka.” (Reuters)

“The Croatian Navy missile boat Vukovar sailed out from the southern naval port of Lora in the Croatian city of Split on Monday to join NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean.

The Vukovar, with its commander and 32 crew members, will participate in the maritime security operation from September 5 to September 21. It is the first Croatian vessel to join this mission.

Operation Sea Guardian, launched in November 2016, aims to reinforce maritime situational awareness and counter-terrorism efforts through hailing and boarding suspect vessels and capacity building in the Mediterranean Sea. It focuses on gathering information about maritime activities in the region to help identify possible security concerns and develop maritime security awareness.” (N1)

“The inaugural scheduled flight between Seoul and Zagreb landed yesterday morning at Zagreb Airport. The first Airbus A330-200 marked the beginning of a new scheduled service between Zagreb and the South Korean capital that will operate three times a week on a year round basis.” (Dubrovnik Times)

“Croatia has Finland’s support on its path towards joining the Schengen Area and the euro zone, Finland’s Foreign Minister Timo Soini said in Zagreb on Monday after meeting with Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pejcinovic-Buric.

Croatia is making good progress on fulfilling the criteria for accession to Schengen Area and Helsinki supports its efforts to continue in that direction, and when all criteria are met, Finland will back its accession, Soini said.” (Dubrovnik Times)

“Bosnia’s maritime status hangs on 20km of Adriatic shore. It is the one of the world’s shortest national coastlines — and a source of deep frustration for locals and tourists in Croatia, which all but envelops its smaller neighbour.

Travellers between Dubrovnik, in Croatia’s split-off section of southern territory, and the rest of the country face four border checkpoints as they cross into Bosnia before leaving again. It is a burdensome anomaly for locals, businesses and tourists. For decades, Croatia has aspired to unite its territory by building a bridge to circumvent that slim strip of Bosnian land, a desire that has taken on urgency as the country seeks to join Europe’s Schengen passport-free travel zone before it takes on the EU presidency in 2020.

Now work on a 2.4km bridge is under way, with EU funds but contractors from China, whose businesses are increasingly active in the Balkans. Engineers from the China Road and Bridge Corporation have arrived in the sleepy Croatian village of Duboka, where they have started work on top of a military installation from the era of the Austro-Hungarian empire.” (FT)