Croatia: Call for government advisors on diaspora may prove to be a dud

If you live outside Croatia and have had urges to want to contribute in an official capacity to the process of strengthening the ties between Croatia and the Croatian diaspora then this could very well be your chance and opportunity.  You have until 10th November 2012 to get “your act together” and go for it.

It’s been slow but it’s happening right this moment. The Croatian government has October 10 advertised (called) for positions of members of the Advisory to the government regarding Croatians outside Croatia. Applications, nominations actually, (and application forms) go through the relevant Croatian Embassy.

But – regretfully – it seems you cannot do this as an individual, you need to be nominated by your local Croatian community (club, association, institution etc). You need to be “reputable within that particular community body and engaged in the preservation and the strengthening of Croatian identity of the communities and in furtherance of relations with the homeland…

There’ll be 55 members of this Advisory. Set number from different countries,  and they’ll be part of the Government Office for Croatians outside Croatia, headed by dr. Darija Krsticevic. It’s even planned to ha a “Welcome” centre for those who return to Croatia.

All this was well planned by the former HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) government who initiated and set out the relevant legislation in 2011. (English version)

It’s all happening now. A good and positive step towards establishing and maintaining strong and productive ties between Croatians wherever they are.

However, the way that the advertisement for the Advisor positions has gone out does not instil much confidence that politics will not prevail and that the vision started by dr. Franjo Tudjman in the late 1980’s to unify all Croatians towards the interests of all Croatians will realised as intended. We’ve seen a great deal of alienation of the diaspora during the past decade or so. The alienation that started with Stjepan Mesic (former President of Croatia) who went out of his way to vilify the diaspora with lies that it promulgated “fascism”. Former communists, from former Prime Minister Ivica Racan onwards maintained the push for alienation.

And now, there’s a chance to correct this deplorable state of alienation and the Government puts the Call for applications for Advisors from diaspora to clubs, associations etc. To barely 1/3 of the actual diaspora, as multitudes of individuals keep working very hard on strengthening the Croatian identity within and among the World’s stage etc.; outside those clubs, associations. Given that there’s a great deal of politics between various clubs, associations etc. one can only imagine that nominations for Advisors may not be on real comparative merit but rather on politics or political affiliation.

It’s certainly not an advertisement or call for applications that encompasses all avenues of “being a good Croatian” in the diaspora but only concentrates on organised clubs and associations. In this way it’s an opportunity lost to harness the best talents on individual merits. Furthermore, the advertisement was disseminated in diaspora around 23 October (I discovered it yesterday by accident while undertaking some research on the internet) and at that it did not reach the majority of possible applicants. To make the matter worse applicants/nominees have thus been given about 3 weeks to get their act together, inquire further as to the “job description” etc, compose CV’s etc etc.

The badly promoted and lacking in clarity and breadth “Call” for Advisors to the Croatian government from the diaspora is regretful but it should not discourage anyone who wishes to pursue it further, as a deserving individual. For now, this Government Office for Croatians outside Croatia is the only one of its kind and it deserves a good start, at least. My personal view is that such or similar body should not be tied to any government but that a government should have an Advisor or two on these matters and that such Advisors should be open to receiving (taking or leaving) the “advice” and “opinion” from anyone, not just clubs or associations, which are in more cases than not, not representative of the Croatian community as a whole. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)


  1. Maks Kralj says:

    Good one. Croatian World Network has also posted the info a few days ago. I hope people send their applications in as individuals (if they are not members of any clubs etc) – just assert yourselves. It’s just such a pathetic way of Calling for applications. It’s almost like the Croatian government don’t want may people to apply but channel some and leave the rest.

  2. Zeljko Zidaric says:


    I have asked my consulate about more details and they told me to talk to the embassy. The embassy had no answers and they told me to talk to the department in Zagreb. The department in Zagreb directed me to the Sabor Acts which created the department but those Sabor acts did not answer my questions.

    Canada has three representatives allocated. What happens if six people apply? I wanted to know the following:

    1. What are the selection criteria. Any business RFP has a set of criteria and weighting associated with each criteria.
    2. Who sits on the selection committee.

    The department has not provided me with answers and for the last two days has ignored my requests for info. How much transparency is there in this process?

    The word on the street is that they already know who they want. If you are not in one of the self-promoting cliques – the inner circle, you will not get to be one of the prestigious advisers.

    Zeljko Zidaric

    • Well Zeljko your questions are mine as well – that’s why I wrote in my post that people would need to seek information on “Job descriptions” etc meaning from those you can get an idea about selection criteria but in this case everybody is in the dark which means much will be done on political grounds or “jobs for the boys or girls” As to who sits on the selection committee I think only the Government could answer that.

      The Diaspora will truly need to organise itself better AWAY from every political party etc in these matters, I think

    • Martin Sostar says:

      Well Zeljko, the Croatian Ambassador to Canada is a hopeless politician and always has been, seems to love himself but if you dig deeper … well you just might find him for company of Stjepan Mesic, Neven Jurica et al … it’s the political underworld that gets you positions it seems … the fact that the Embassy had no idea tells you that they give FA for Croatians of diaspora, they appear to just like their photo taken at few “festivals”, munch on free dinners in Cro clubs, they toe the leftist line and just keep company with the likes … so a competent Croat who doesn’t keep such company has no chance. Just as well most Croats in diaspora don’t give a hoot about them, the true Croats in diaspora care for ordinary Croats in the homeland and that is why it was strong during war time too… diaspora can be so very proud it has so many competent Croatians throughout the world who make the good name of Croatia, without being a part of many hopeless clubs and associations. The Embassy should have ensured it has information ready to give out and not fob you off to the department in Zagreb. It’s laughable and idiotic. Have you or anyone heard ever of such a thing that an Embassy cannot answer simple inquiries about a public Advertisement for government positions! It’s sick, it’s sad, it’s disappointing…

  3. I myself am active in various Croatian clubs and organisations yet this is the first time I have heard of it. This is even more incredible to me since there are a multitude of common and social media outlets that could have been used to advertise this from newspapers, pamphlets at local clubs, facebook, various websites. This could have easily been organised by Croatian embassies and consulates and most of it would have been free of charge. Basically, if they wanted to get the word out then they could have, and easily.

    I agree that restricting applications to those nominated by Croatian organisations in the Diaspora will reduce significantly the impact this initiative will have. There are many ‘good Croatians’ who work hard to promote Croatian culture, history etc to the wider world and who have more of an impact than those from the clubs and associations. In fact, I tend to think that those heavily involved in those clubs/associations are more inward focused and consumed with internal politics instead of being focused on promoting Croatia and its people to the wider community.

    In any regards, I don’t really want to be represented by a person from the association who has a picture of Tito in their club room whilst at the same time I’m not particularly interested in being represented by someone from the club that has a statue of Pavelic. And I don’t see were we’ll find a rep who isn’t from either camp – if there is, I’d like to know!

    • That’s exactly why I decided to write a post about it – the same problem of not knowing about it is seriously widespread. And I agree with you re represenation: so many small clubs or organisations say they represent the whole Croatian communities which is not true.

  4. In Argentina we are holding elections via the Internet today and tomorrow, and at an Assembly this coming Saturday 3th. We are striving to do in a democratic way. There are some problems and internal divisions within the Croatians in Argentina, but, as I say: We are being democratic. People are participating from the far north (Chaco province) to the very southern tip of Argentina (and the continent). Pray for us.
    Joza Vrljicak, editor in chief of Studia Croatica and Vice President of the Croatian Union of Argentina.
    PS. I hear that in other countries little or nothing is known
    PS2: I am one othe the candidates

    • Good on You Joza Vrljicak, that’s fantastic to hear. Yes as I stand informed there’s little knowledge of this in wider community in many countries which to me appears as “job for the boys or girls” – political manipulation which is very sad because this runs the risk of people being nominated who may be a part of a club etc but in essence they haven’t done much in the wider community etc

  5. I hope I’m wrong, but I have a hunch that you’re right Maks – it does seem like the govt. doesn’t want people to apply for the posts. It will be interesting to see if the successful candidates have any particular political pedigrees!

  6. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Joza, congratulations on running a democratic process in Argentina. We in Canada did not get around to doing that. It seems that we had some “information hoarders” that kept the info to themselves so there would be less competition.

    Argentina is not alone having divisions in the Croatian community. Here in Canada we are also very fractured. We do not have a single national organization that represents the Croatian community.

    Good luck in the election.
    I hope that you become one of the advisers!

  7. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Here are the emails that I received from Zagreb

    Email #1

    Poštovani Željko,

    u svezi vašeg upita oko osnivanja Savjeta Vlade Republike Hrvatske izvan Republike Hrvatske upućujemo vas na stranice Ministarstva vanjskih i europskih poslova

    na kojima je oglašen Poziv zajednicama Hrvata za predlaganje predstavnika za članove Savjeta. U Pozivu je jasno opisan način predlaganja članova kao i rokovi za podnošenje prijedloga.

    Prijedlozi se upućuju Veleposlanstvu koje vam je uputilo Poziv do 10. studenog 2012. godine., a izbor kandidata vrši Vlada Republike Hrvatske.

    Email #2
    I asked for more information and received the following:

    Poštovani gospodine Zidarić,

    hvala vam na iskazanom interesu za rad samog Državnog ureda za Hrvate izvan RH, posebice oko osnivanja važnog tijela kao što je Savjet Vlade Republike Hrvatske izvan Republike Hrvatske.

    Vaša pitanja oko procedure za odabir članova u Savjet i donošenje Vladine odluke o osnivanju Savjeta izvršiti će se prema važećoj zakonskoj proceduri na osnovi koje Vlada Republike Hrvatske donosi svoje odluke što je propisano Poslovnikom Vlade Republike Hrvatske. (Narodne novine br. 154/2011.)

    Ostala pitanja vezana za kriterije na koji način će se članovi odabrati i, koliko često će se sastajati i ostalo pokrivni u Zakonom o odnosima Republike Hrvatske s Hrvatima izvan Republike Hrvatske. (Narodne novine br. 124/2011., 16/2012)

    Važno je istaknuti Mogu samo napomenuti da je članstvo u Savjet dobrovoljna i počasna uloga člana tj. nije plaćen. U tijeku su prijave za članstvo, a o svim daljnjim koracima učesnici će biti pravodobno obaviješteni putem internetskih stranica Državnog ureda

    Lijep vam pozdrav

    • So an Advisor will be an Honorary position (unpaid) – OK – but why doesn’t the add say that. How ridiculous – they expect every applicant to study the legislation & Regulations in order to find out these things. So I guess one of the first tasks the Advisors will need to do is to “advise” on how to write calls or advertisements for Applications…in order to attract good competition and as many applicants as possible

  8. Respected Friend and beautiful women

    Hello … (part deleted by Admin) … But I also think, and I know that the Croats have the economic program to exit from this difficult economic situation, and that from the treasury does not take one euro, and we do not sell 1m2 Croatian blood soaked earth. It is also necessary to establish a Croatian Orthodox Church, and thus to address the domination of Serbia and Belgrade. In fact, I know that for a time before 2W was the Croatian Orthodox Church and Orthodox priests … If we do that, we’ll all Croats “Serbs” who were on the side of aggression and aggressors to our Croatian side, and I also want my Croatian people start but one that builds and creates instead of war, greeting

    • Koca1111, “we” cannot establish a Croatian Orthdox Church, if the Orthodox people who live in Croatia want to create a Croatian Orthodox Church then they’re free to do it. I don’t think that the whole of Croatia where there are various free religions should meddle in the form of any religion. Each religion shapes it’s own followers and it’s own form and name and statutes. Whether the Serbian Orthodox Church will allow that that is entirely a matter for the Orthodox followers.

  9. People, please don’t fall for this sham of a proposal. Read carefully Zidaric’s ordeals in trying to get information about the nature of both the selection process and general purpose of these positions. The answers that he has gotten say a lot about the nature of the whole thing. Keep in mind that the government is looking for advisors who fit a certain profile which is evident in the characters of President Josipovic’s 74 advisors, the chief being Serb Dejan Jovic flanked by national security advisor Sasa Perkovic, son of UDBA operative Josip Perkovic who is responsible for countless murders of Croatian immigrants in Europe, and who Germany has tried to have extradited for years without any success.

    The current government is desperate to reach out to Croatian emmigrants in order to fabricate a sense of kinship or community between emmigrants and the homeland. Their popularity in Croatia is waning and desperate measures are currently being undertaken by leftist media to create chaos within the right in order to stop their freefall, which is important to them because they will need a second mandate to completely rehabilitate Tito and other Communist criminals, and to re-yugo-fy administrative, cultural, economic and other institutions here in Croatia. Don’t fall for it. Anyone following the news closely in Croatia will notice that all key positions in the biggest institutions, HRT in particular, are being filled by Josipovic’s and Milanovic’s flunkies. In fact HRT’s general director just appointed (annointed) by these two is a well-known former KOS operative (look up “operacije Labrador or Opera if curious).

    The current government does not want the most patriotic Croatian base, which has always been our emmigrants, to become too aware of their activities or what the motives are behind those activities, so they are reaching out to you like a mother giving a baby a soother in order to shut you up. Don’t fall for it. The names on those positions have already been filled or in the case where there is some semblance of a democratic process, have been fixed. It’s extremely important that our diaspora become both informed and openly critical about the many anti-Croatian policies that they’ve introduced. It’s no wonder that many are calling them an anti-Croatian government. They are.

    • All too obvious Brankec.

      • Of course you are right Ina, and of course as usual some subject matter gets my dander up to the point that I have to vent. Thanks for allowing me to do that on your blog. And thanks for bringing up all the important things that are having a horrible negative effect on life over here in Croatia. The days of simply maintaining Croatian traditions outside of Croatia in order to ensure our survival may be over. Croatian emmigrants need to be more informed about what sorts of things are going on here in order to put western-style pressure on anybody who could relate and disperse to anybody relevant the dissatisfaction of the diaspora with what the Croatian government is doing. Like rehabilitating titoism and hiding all the hideous crimes that the titoists inflicted on hundreds of thousands of Croatians. The rest of Eastern Europe has largely dealt with these issues, Croatia has not. This blog is one of those invaluable resources for all Croatians living abroad in getting better informed and being better prepared for getting involved.

      • I do hope the day will come when the diaspora will become strong again on main issues and particularly the younger generation born to it. Hence, one of the reasons for my blog, to pick vital issues and present them in order to promote the goodness and the wonderful nation Croatia is with its domestic and diaspora population. Keeping the traditions is good but I agree not the most important when it comes to Croatia becoming a citizen of the big wide world where true democracy matters, freedom of information, criticism and praise matter – all to a better future. Titoism must not succeed in Croatia and it will not, we just need to build defences against being affected by the individuals that push for it. Communist crimes must be dealt with one way or another and Croatia is as you said behind Eastern Europe in this. Which is a shame, but then again one musn’t lose faith.

  10. Btw – do you figure that I might fit the sought profile which would allow me to become one of their advisors? hahaha!!! Room and board on Goli Otok might be more realistic. 😉

    • I actually do think you fit the profile – asserting ones values and worth is good. It’s a different thing though when one is faced from the very beginning with the clear message that “all can(not) apply”, kills the spirit a bit 🙂

  11. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    We need to learn from the relationship that Israel has with its Diaspora around he world. Their Homeland and Diaspora are a tightly integrated unit. The Israeli Homeland depends on its Diaspora for financial and political support to survive and the Diaspora looks to the Homeland for cultural and religious support.

    We need to learn from them so that we to can develop a Diaspora-Homeland Win-Win strategy.

    I recommend that anyone with a question communicate with the Office for Croats outside of Croatia at:

    Predstojnica Daria Krstičević, dipl.iur.
    Tel: 00 385 1 4569 334

    I am interested in seeing if anyone manages to get any real answers about the process., the selection criteria and the selection committee. TRANSPARENCY should me mandatory.

    • I agree Zeljko but not that we should learn from Israel because we had that Unity from late 1980’s to about late 1990’s. So we were like Israel then, what happened after we all know regarding Croatia and diaspora and the dirt that caused that needs to be weeded out on both ends. We’re in for some serious work – yet again! Happy days! Thanksfor your comment and I totally agree that people should make direct contact as in your comment.

  12. I think we all agree that we would want the best candidates to these advisory positions. The last thing we need are yes men, and those loudmouths that think they are important but don’t do anything.

    Here in the U.S. we don’t have any pan-national organizations and the ones that say they are national serve very focused functions in the community such as political lobbying, etc. Anyone else is locally based. That does not mean that local activists are not qualified.

    I do think this could be a good opportunity to really build bridges between “us” and “them” but I’m not holding my breath and I will be interested to see who gets picked from the communities. This also should not mean that this project will be a dud. The onus will be on the communities to keep the advisors on their feet even if they are yes men.

    Also I do think the criteria for candidates needs to be more defined. We’re talking about advisors to a government body. Croatia should at least seek out our best and brightest who they feel should best act as that bridge (or bridges) between our communities and Croatia. Some criteria to consider would be that the candidates need to be good communicators – it seems communicating things always seems to be an issue. We live in a world that includes things like social networking. These people should at least know how to use things like Facebook. I think education and professional experience in general is a plus. How about people with experience of going through some of the processes? An American-born Croat working to obtain their Domovnica is not going through the same process that someone born in Croatia would. Someone who has gone through it and can explain it to others is a plus. A broad knowledge of the communities in your country is a plus too.

    I also think that since we’re talking about an advisory body I think that those chosen should be encouraged to network and communicate amongst themselves as maybe issues in Canada might be similar to issues in the U.S. trading knowledge and experience would benefit all. Subsequently since we’re talking about communities around the world maybe knowledge could be pooled to assist say Croatians in Boka Kotorka put out information in languages like English (you get the idea).

    Some thoughts…

    • Well said Marko P. if the manner (or lack of it) in the handling of the Applications and information about the position are anything to go by it does seem that things may not pan out as you put it, but let’s wait and see. I hope that some relatively young people born and living outside Croatia will get onto the advisory. That is so crucial, all first generation potential advisors don’t have the same ideas as the second or third, which must be harnessed for future and benefit. But as you suggest, if most advisors get to be the ones who really haven’t done much more than spent time in Cro clubs or events, are “known” in the community (among various clubs’ members) and yet are member of an association with 5 members, say, then it all points to little success because such personalities are not respected widely – where it ultimately counts for the results Croatia is trying to achieve through this.
      The idea was set out well in legislation and it’s a shame that the mere advertisement to fill positions has been handled so badly, so undemocratically – a closed shop it seems. I’m sure we all want this to succeed but its true success will depend on the make-up of this advisory and the respect for its professionalism it might enjoy in the diaspora. Oh we all know that governments can talk itself up with glossy publications filled with phrases, put out reports, publish pictures that might suggest success etc but whether such reports are worth the paper they’re written on is another question. Then it takes years and years to undo the damage done by badly setup things. I too will be interested to see who gets onto the advisory, because I believe Croatia and diaspora need such initiatives and in essence it is a fairly good move to establish such a body.

  13. why does something so simple and so important have to be so complicated and incompetent or cynical. I have always admired Jews for their solidarity even if they disagree with each other. I admire Israel for how it works with Jews around the world to ensure young people are connected to Israel – exchange programs, etc. – and how Jews can be politically active and influence politics in Israel. Something for Croatia to learn from.

    • Sunman, Croatia and diaspora started well (like Israel) in late 1980’s to about late 1990’s then things went pear shaped. Lots of reasons I think and one of the reasons was that there were several loud and politically affiliated and/or intellectually shallow (when it comes to their actual success in the big wide world of the West) people that got themselves cushy positions in Croatia (positions to which they would have no chance in getting in the big wide world of the West). Such things could not happen to Israel – Israel harnesses diaspora’s support from the whole diaspora but its diaspora frontmen are those that have made it in the big wide world of the West – because that very fact indeed says a lot about their skills. There are so many Croatian intellectuals, successful professionals within the West (and in Croatia) but most don’t even get a look in (for political reasons of those at the helm of Croatia and not for the true good of Croatia). Yes Croatia could learn from the West but you need a “team work” approach and operation – not “me, me, me, me” as it’s all too often found among Croatians. Whether that unfortunate situation stems from the days of communism (Yugoslavia) where even illiterate people (Communists) were placed in high positions (directors, deans of faculties, university rectors, local council heads and operators, school principals etc) is a question to which the answer seems obvious. The Call for advisors (applications) certainly remind one of such practices. So much work to do still, indeed.

  14. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    I sent info to UZMAH, ABH, ZZH, VH, JH, OS, HRAST, A-HSP and HCSP and a number of individuals in Croatia informing them about this situation and asked them if they could lobby on our behalf from in Croatia to have a more democratic and TRANSPARENT process.

    Let us see if they are willing to support us in any way.

    If anyone here has contacts in the Homeland, talk to them about the situation with this Adviser Anointment (appointment?) process. Tell them to lobby the Ured to provide the info that is required.

  15. My thoughts: Croatian government wants advisors from Croatians living abroad and they want that advice for free! Not a Cent, not a Pound, not a Dollar … just for free! They seek consultants for a very important matter and they don’t want to pay anything for it! Hm, so those dudes in Croatian government on cushy salaries and benefits want free advice! Good if you can get it but it can only go two ways:
    Shallow not worth a cent or
    Shallow but might get you some connections that may or may not give you political advantage.

    The most terrible thing about this is that the Cro government doesn’t think much of the Advisors they seek – for if it did it would pay it due respect and remunerate it.

    So, it could truly be a dud in the sense that it won’t produce significant results.

    It’s actually OFFENSIVE to my intellect, to my respect for someones hard and professional work for Croatia, that the Cro government doesn’t reward the advice that might come from that work by dignifying it with monetary reward.

    It’s a joke, all this. We all know advice does not come cheap, so why is the Cro government cheapening it in this way? Disgusting.

  16. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Congratulations to Joza Vrljicak and Vjera Bulat for winning the elections in Argentina to be the Advisers representing Argentina! The only community that carried out a democratic selection process.


    Croats overwhelmingly Australia are Australian citizens and have the same rights and obligations as all other Australians. So they have, among other things, voting rights / obligations (voting is mandatory), including the right to be elected to federal, state and local elections. Australia permits dual citizenship, so Croatian expatriates with Croatian citizenship in Australia are eligible to vote in Croatian parliamentary and presidential elections. Australia has changed the procedure for issuing visas for Croatian citizens, rescinding the questionnaire on military service, which until now has been an integral part of the application for an Australian visa. Abolition of the questionnaire, the military is effective as of 26th August 2009. year. The Republic of Croatia has signed an agreement with Australia on Social Security (NN 2/2004 and 7/2004), but that agreement has not solved the issue of health care insured both countries. Negotiations related to the signing of the health care are in progress. In Australia has been active dozens of Croatian clubs and societies. Most of them are located in the premises of the Croatian community that were built mostly alone. The most famous clubs and most of them are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. There are several retirement homes that are built and organized by the Croatian community in the larger centers.
    The church is among the Croats Australia played a particularly important role in the preservation of religious, and national identity, the Croatian language and Croatian cultural heritage. Croatian Catholic missions were established in the areas where they settled Croats in 13 cities and towns of Australia. If there is no possibility of the parish, and has a sufficient number of Croats who wanted to listen to Mass in the Croatian language, then a priest celebrating Mass in several places and travels once a month in the respective city or town, and more frequently if necessary. It is important to note that the Croatian Catholic Centre and Croatian are libraries that are generally available to all. Australia is the first country in the world to recognize Croatian as a separate language. Year 1975. State SBS stations began broadcasting programs in Croatian, in 1989. Mr. began teaching Croatian language as a subject in secondary schools. Australian Croats already have 70-ies of the last century, organized by the Croatian Language Croatian Catholic centers and so. Saturday Schools. The School of Community Suturday Lnguages ​​established in 1978. Mr. decision by the Australian government as part of the Ministry of Education. Teaching Croatian language is mostly integrated into the regular school system, and Ministartstvo Science Education and Sport supports teaching textbooks and other teaching materials, and organizing professional training in Australia or Croatia in the traditional summer seminar for teachers, members of the Croatian national minorities and immigrants. First Department of Croatian Studies was established in 1983. Mr at Macquarie University in Sydney. Since 1998. years at the university is open, and the Center for the Study of the Croatian language. In February 2008. years at Macquarie University opened the Center for Croatian Studies in the world, and it is a joint project with the University of Split. In Australia operates similar establishments Open University in Croatia, “TAFE”, which hosts the Croatian language courses for beginners, but also for those already somewhat know Croatian. In Australia three Ahram Weekly: Croatian Journal, New Croatia and Readiness. It is a private newspapers who, besides being the most relevant Australian news and news related to the activities of the Croatian community, and events carried out, mostly Croatian Homeland press. Revelation and the occasional comment.
    Printing from the Croatian is available in many places Australia where usually sells Australian press, but they are mostly weeklies, enigmatic sheets etc. Daily newspapers arrives with a few days delay, and can be purchased mainly in Croatian Catholic centers and clubs. In addition, there are authorized sellers of the Croatian press that exclusively sell goods Croatian production, including the Croatian press. In all Catholic centers may be purchased Croatian Catholic press. With the government / public radio station SBS, which has since 1975. Mr. broadcasts programs in Croatian, in the whole of Australia, there are several local radio stations are privately owned Australian Croats. Here we can mention the “Croatian Radio Australia” in Sydney and “3ZZ” in Melbourne.
    On independent channel 31 airs a weekly television show for the Croatian community.

  18. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Tired of waiting I called the department today. I was connected with the lady I had my email conversation with. She told me that she has drafted an answer but needs to have it approved by her manager. I told her that today is the 6th and that we need the info now before the 10th. She said that I can expect the email anytime now.

    We need more people calling and demanding transparency.

  19. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Here is the latest answer – if it is an answer.

    Poštovani gdine. Zidarić

    vezano na vaša pitanja oko biranja članova za Savjet.

    Prema Zakonu o odnosima RH s Hrvatima izvan RH članku 17. Vlada osniva Savjet, a Državni ured za Hrvate izvan RH pema članku 29. obavlja administrativne i tehničke poslove.

    Stoga je Državni Ured u koordinaciji osnivanja Savjeta uputio Poziv Zajednicama Hrvata preko veleposlanstava kako bi Zajednice predložile svoje kandidate. Pri osnivanju Savjeta Vlada će donijeti odluku prema proceduri po kojoj donosi inače odluke, a koja je određena Poslovnikom. Upućujem vas na članak 9. Poslovnika koji određuje da svako pitanje oko kojeg je potrebno donijeti odluku treba proći kroz Stalna radna tijela (koordinaciju, stručne radne skupine, članove odbora i druga stručna tijela) Način rada i odlučivanja je opisan u članku 28. Poslovnika. Dinamika, učestalost sastanaka, način stavljanja točaka na dnevni red (od kojih točaka će jedna biti upravo Odluka o osnivanju i članovima Savjeta) za svako tijelo određena je također Poslovnikom. Do konačne odluke sam izbor članova ne prolazi samo jedno tijelo (jednu komisiju) već nekoliko radnih tijela kao što predviđa Poslovnik.

    Mi smo sada u fazi kad se primaju prijave, prijedlozi za članove. Nakon toga sav materijal treba proći sva ova stručna tijela po opisanoj proceduri koju sam vam gore spomenula po Poslovniku.

    Sastav radnih tijela isto je određen Poslovnikom- vidite članak 18 Poslovnika.

    Što se tiče kriterija i izbora članova
    Zajednice trebaju predložiti svoje kandidate, a kandidati uz svoju prijavu trebaju dostaviti CV iz kojeg će se vidjeti zadovoljavaju li određenim kriterijima za člana – kriteriji su jasno određeni u Zakonu o odnosima RH sa Hrvatima izvan RH (članak 18). Zbog toga je potrebno da svaki član podnose CV u kojem je potrebno obrazložiti tražene kriterije. Pošto su kriteriji jasno određeni predmijenjavamo da kod primjene neće biti problema.


    • Translation of communication received and posted as comment by Zeljko Zidaric: “Respected Mr Zidaric
      Re your inquiries regarding election of members of the Advisory
      In accordance with the Relations with Croatians outside Croatia Act, article 17, the government forms Advisory, and the Office for Croatians outside Croatia, according to article 29, performs administrative and technical duties.
      Therefore the Government Office in its coordination of the formation of the Advisory has forwarded a Call to the Croatian Communities via Croatian Embassies so that the Communities could nominate their candidates. In forming the Advisory the Government will deliver its decision in accordance with the procedure under which it normally brings decisions, and which is ruled by Procedures book. I turn your attention to article 9 of the Procedures book which sets out that every matter around which a decision needs to be made needs to pass through Permanent working bodies (coordination, professional working groups, members of committees and other professional bodies). Operational manner and decision making are described in article 28 of Procedure book. The dynamics, frequency of meetings, manner of adding points to Agenda (among which one will be Decision to form and membership of the Advisory) for every professional body is also set out in the Procedure book. The final decision regarding election of members does not pass through only one body (one committee) but through several working bodies and as intended by the Procedure book.
      We are now at the stage of receiving registrations, proposals for members. After this all the material needs to pass through all of these professional bodies in accordance with the described procedure I mentioned above and in accordance with Procedure book.
      The composition of working bodies is also regulated by the Procedure book – see article 18 of the Procedure book.
      With regard to the criteria and election of members the Communities need to nominate their candidates, and the candidates must with their registration send their CV from which it will be visible whether they satisfy or not certain criteria for a member – the criteria are clearly set out in the Relations with Croatians outside Croatia Act (article 18). That’s why it’s necessary for every member to supply their CV in which they address the various sought criteria. Given that the criteria are clearly set out we anticipate that there will be no problems in applying them”.

  20. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Ina, thank you for translating.

    My issue with the email is that it is yet another bureaucratic non-answer. I sent a response to that effect.

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  22. Zrinka Stampalia says:

    Dear Ina,
    After reading your article about Government Advisor on Diaspora I could not find Croatian web site for sending proper Croatian-American Club recommendation! Please help me because now is maybe too late?

    • Zrinka I believe it can be sent directly to Vladin ured za Hrvate izvan RH
      Adresa: Trg svetog Marka 2, 10000 Zagreb
      telefon: +385 1 4569 334 fax: +385 1 4569 325 Originally it was to be sent via Cro Embassies
      Good luck!

  23. Zeljko Zidaric says:

    Nov 10 was the deadline

    Here is the link to the article about the adviser program

    BTW – I had a phone interview with HRT Radio about the program. I will post the link to the interview when I get it.


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