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  issue 3, year XX, 2013

IVO JOSIPOVIC - PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
Interview by Valentin Kostov

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DINKA FRANULIC - CHARGE D'AFFAIRES OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
Interview by Valentin Kostov

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THE BILATERAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN CROATIA AND BULGARIA
By the Department "European countries", Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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The diplomatic relations between Croatia and Bulgaria were established on 13th August 1992. Among the priorities of the bilateral dialogue are the integration of Croatia in the European Union, the stability in Southeast Europe, the cooperation in the field of economy, culture and education, growth of the tourist stream and the realization of several infrastructural projects. Exchange of high level visits supports further development of bilateral cooperation.

CROATIA'S ECONOMY

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After the transition of Croatia to a free market, several fields took main places in the Croatian GDP: services, industry and agriculture. According to some economists the country should use the full potential of its natural resources. Nowadays Croatia takes serious measures to overcome the effects of the world economic crisis to the domestic economy. In spite of the recession in Europe, the country is still one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations.

THE HISTORY OF CROATIA

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In the 6th and 7th century the first Slavic tribes inhabited Croatia. Later the country was ruled by the Trpimirovic dynasty. In 1102 Croatia signed a contract with Hungary. In the 18th century the country was divided between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Republic of Venice. During World War I Croatia was part from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After that the country became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1918).
In 1944 Federal State of Croatia was one of Yugoslavia's six federal states (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia). By Constitution of 1974 Yugoslav republics were recognized as holders of sovereignty of individual nations and were given more rights. In June 1991 Croatian Parliament passed a declaration of independence from Yugoslavia. Croatia became member of the United Nations in 1992.

CROATIA'S INTANGIBLE TREASURES

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Croatia can be proud of seven sites included on the UNESCO list of world monumental heritage: the Palace of Dioklecian in Split, the Basilica of Eufrazije in PoreДЌ, Plitvice Lakes, the Romanesque town of Trogir, the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the Е ibenik Cathedral and Starogradsko Polje on Hvar. At the same time Festa of St. Vlaho, lacemaking of Lepoglava, Hvar and Pag, the bell ringers of Kastav, the procession of the cross, two-part singing and playing of the Istrian scale, the spring procession of the queen Ljelja, the traditional production of wooden toys from Croatian Zagorje, the knight`s game Sinjska Alka are some among cultural phenomena on the UNESCO list of protected non-material heritage. By the year 2013 more than 110 intangible cultural heritage were inscribed in the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia and 12 goods were inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Croatia is the country with the most protected non-material goods in Europe and takes measures to preserve them.

CROATIA - THE NEW TOURISM STAR OF THE EU

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One of the biggest advantages of Croatia is that it is almost the last unspoiled part of the European Mediterranean region. At the same time it is a country with a high quality of life style. The beauty of Croatia has also been recognized by many international media. Even though Croatia will officially become a member of the European Union in July 2013, the country's cultural and historical heritage reminds that Croatia have always been a part of Europe. The return to the European family will certainly be an additional boost to Croatian tourism, which will promote the slogan "Croatia - the new tourism star of the European Union".

ADRIATICA'S PULSE - PHOTOALBUM

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WELCOME TO ZAGREB!

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Zagreb is the capital and biggest city of Croatia. It is the cultural, economic and administrative center of the country. There are about 30 museums, over 20 theaters and more than 60 galleries in Zagreb. You can also enjoy the night life in the modern nigh clubs, cocktail bars and restaurants. You should also visit the numerous sightseeing of the city.

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN ZAGREB
By Snezana Pintaric

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The Museum of Contemporary Art is a place in Croatia, where contemporary art is being created and presented. It is situated in Novi Zagreb and is about 15 000 sq. m. big. There are numerous halls for different lectures and workshops, multimedia hall, library, documentary and audiovisual department in the museum. It has been an initiator of more than 1000 different projects. Nowadays it preserves about 6274 art works by more than 900 artists.

THE CROATIAN FRIENDS TO BULGARIA
By Gancho Savov

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IVAN ESIH
GUSTAV KRKLEC
DRAGUTIN TADIJANOVIC
IVO BALENTOVIC
VESNA PARUN
DALIBOR BROZOVIC
DUBRAVKA UGRESIC

THE MAGIC BRUSH OF THE NATIONAL ARTISTS
By Gancho Savov

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Hlebine School of naive art was founded in 1931
by Krsto Hegedusic. As he lived in Hlebine he began to teach art to a number of artists like Ivan Generalic, Franjo Mraz, Mirko Virius, Franjo Dolenec, Dragan Gazi, Franjo Filipovic and many others. Although they did not have any academic education, they were brilliant artists who nowadays are known all over the world.

CULINARY TEMPTATIONS FROM CROATIA

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A rich diversity of Croatia is guessed at by many who are guided by sophisticated flavours of its multitude of specialities. Croatia is the home country of the truffle, which grows in the fertile Istrian soil and is the ultimate gastronomic delight. The Croatian olive oil and wines are famous all over the world. Croatian olive growers have preserved their grandparents' olive groves as they strive to preserve the tradition of olive cultivation. As grape-vine breeding has been nurtured in this area since the ancient times, Croatia is rightly proud of its wide palette of more than a thousand wines.

CROATIA'S CURIOSITIES

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PHOTOATELIER PRESENTS: CROATIA THROUGH THE EYES OF MARIO ROMULIC AND DRAZEN STOJCIC

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LITART PRESENTS: CROATIAN POETRY BY

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ANTE STAMAC
SONJA MANOJLOVIC

ATELIER PRESENTS: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD OF VESELKA DOJCINOVA
Interview by Ognian Stamboliev

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THE ROMANCE IN THE PAINTINGS OF CVETE BONEVA
By Dotchka Kisiova-Gogova

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Translated by Ilina Vasileva
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