“US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, Francis R. Fannon, said on Friday in Zagreb that by building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the island of Krk, Croatia had the opportunity to become a regional energy leader.

Energy infrastructure encourages economic growth and strengthens countries’ self-determination and sovereignty, Fannon said at a round table in Zagreb.

‘We live in extraordinary times in terms of energy, because of newly discovered fields around the world, and the progress in extraction technology and fuel production,’ he added.

Fannon arrived in Croatia on Friday after visiting Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt. In those eastern Mediterranean countries large reserves of natural gas have been discovered over the past decade, Fannon said, and added that supplies from there should find a way to Europe across Croatia in a few years.” (N1)

“”At the government session on Friday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced an increase in the net minimum wage from 2,752 kuna (about $420) to 3,000 kuna (about $460), an increase of 248 kuna (about $40) or 9% compared to 2018, underscoring that this is the largest one-off increase in the minimum wage since 2008.” (total-croatia-news)

“The lighting of the first advent candle at Manduševac fountain on Ban Jelačić square has signalled the start of Advent in Zagreb.

At 5 pm on Saturday afternoon, the first advent candle was lit with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić present.

After winning the title of ‘Best European Christmas Markets’ for the last three years in a row, Zagreb is no longer allowed to be in the running, but Mayor Bandić still promised a fantastic programme.

Zagreb Tourist Board director, Martina Bienenfeld, expects a 5% increase in the number of visitors this year to Zagreb over the Advent period.” (Croatia Week)