“President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović met on Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who has arrived in Croatia with a sizable business delegation. The president and Mr. Zarif spoke about strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement from the president’s office.

During their conversation the two leaders touched on the fact that there were numerous Croatian companies that were already doing business in Iran and others interested in entering the Iranian market, while on the Iranian side there was interest in selling oil and gas and investment in Croatia.

Besides improving economic relations, the spoke about Southeast Europe, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and the European Union, key global issues, especially Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, as well as migration. Minister Zarif said President Grabar-Kitarović’s visit to Iran in May of 2016 was the beginning of a new chapter in relations between the two countries.” (Voice of Croatia)

“State Secretary at the Ministry of Science and Education (MZO), Dr Tome Antičić, believes that Croatia must make a step towards excellence in the new legal solutions for science and higher education for the future, and that system changes need to be at more levels.

Croatia is at the bottom, or at the bottom, in the key parameters of science and higher education, such as project excellence, excellence in articles, mobility, innovation, co-operation with the economy, and even if we are not at the bottom of it, he pointed out Antičić who also spoke about the efforts of the competent ministry to change the legal framework by creating the conditions that Croatia, which has not yet done so, ‘necessarily expects excellence.'” (translated from Dnevnik)

At a conference of doctors’ doctors, held today in Vukovar, the well-known Croatian demographer Stjepan Šterc once again pointed to the defiant and more worrying demographic data when it comes to Croatia. Šterc said that only in 2017 the number of inhabitants in Croatia was naturally reduced by 18,000. According to CBS data, about 40,000 citizens have moved abroad during the last year, while some data from abroad speak of about 80,000 Croatian citizens who have moved away.

‘A possible loss only last year is over 90,000. Unfortunately, this trend continues this year. Now, in some industries, there is a lack of workers so we will be forced to import workers. The shortage of workers will be reflected not in the pension system, but also in education, healthcare,’ said Šterc, who believes that the top of the Croatian state is familiar with the problem but falsely thinks that the problem of demography in some parts of Croatia will be solved with the development of the economy.” (translated from Vecernji List)