Weekend review: Presidential race’s speeding up, new lawsuits 

Weekend review: Presidential race’s speeding up, new lawsuits 


By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb

Voting is due in December, the race is hastening and two more candidates entered the presidential race in Croatia this weekend.

President of the party Croatian dawn, Milan Kujundzic officially announced yesterday his nomination  for the new Croatian president and announced that it was time to create a new Croatia; a land of the brave and proud people.

After he came second in the election for president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) in 2012, Kujundzic formed his own party.

He graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in 1982, became doctor of Medicine in 1992 and since 2005 Kujundzic has served as a head-master of Clinical Hospital Dubrava.

Well-known lawyer from Sibenik and bankruptcy manager, Ivan Rude, is also in the race for a place at the Presidential Palace.

Croatian association of labor unions, hundreds of workers of Nauta Lamjana, Autotransport Sibenik and Zagreb Institute of Immunology supported his candidacy.

Rude is popular among workers from companies in which he was at the place of the bankruptcy trustee just because he gave them, as he says, “just what they deserve. People are working and getting money for it”.

On the same day, the largest Swiss bank UBS sued Croatia to The federal court in New York, claiming to be owed $45 million, from the capital and interest, to meet commitments undertaken by the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Both current and former political players nowadays claim that they did not know about the case or didn’t know enough about it, which makes the case a bit more interesting.

Croatia and UBS have been negotiating for years on payment of the debt, but did not find a solution, although Croatia has recognized its obligations, according to the lawsuit.

Latest data from the Croatian Employment Service came back yesterday asserting that the number of unemployed for the first time since mid-July exceeded three thousand again, which means that the unemployment is slightly increasing.

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic argued that those are the usual seasonal trends in unemployment.

“Every government that inherited Croatia in the economic and fiscal condition as it was a few years ago, certainly needs four years of one term for the direction and another four years to stabilize the situation”, Milanovic concluded.

The best illustration of this weekend in Croatia could still be the news of the collapse of the roof at the entrance to the Health Centre Remetinec in Zagreb on Friday.

Fortunately, the health center was closed and there was no one inside or nearby. Police immediately rushed at the site of the accident.

The neighborhood in which the health center is located, was built in the 60’s of the last century and since then nothing has been renovated in it.