From Varaždin to Dubrovnik, Croatian Cities Win Awards

Lauren Simmonds

Towns across the country win awards in various sectors.

As Marjanovic writes on the 4th of October, 2018, Dubrovnik was proclaimed the best city for quality of life, while Varaždin’s triumph was recognised in its economy.

Awards also went to Rijeka for being a SMART city, Jastrebarsko for being an eco town, and Križevci for the most successful town in Croatia in terms of the the withdrawal of European Union funds.

The aforementioned are some of the cities in Croatia which won awards in the event which was held under the joint organisation of the portal Gradonač, Hanza Media, and the Ipsos agency, held in the Amazir Hotel complex in Šibenik. Around one hundred Croatian city leaders from across the country also took part, as well as regional development and EU funds minister Gabrijela Žalac, and two prefects Zlatko Komadina (Primorje-Gorski Kotar County) and Valter Flega from Istria County.

”This is a reward for Varaždin’s entrepreneurs,” said Varaždin Mayor Ivan Čehok when accepting the award. Mario Rajn, the mayor of Križevci, aroused a huge round of applause for his decision to hand over the award to the Marija Podolski from the city administration.

Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković assessed that Dubrovnik’s award confirms the slogan of the southern Dalmatian city’s administration that Dubrovnik is apparently a ”city according to its citizens”.

”The next goal is to provide apartments for our young families. In Dubrovnik, it’s almost impossible to buy an apartment,” Franković stated.

Other winners in the selection of the best cities in terms of quality of life were Novigrad and Poreč, both in Istria. In terms of education and demography, Čakovec won among the larger towns, Umag took the prize for the middle-sized towns, and Pag won in the ”smaller town” category.

Along with Varaždin, the best economic cities were proclaimed to be Sveta Nedelja and Krk. The awards were given to the winners by Hanza Media members Ana Hanžeković and Marko Smetiško, Vanja Sertić from Gradonač, the EKO Flor company, HT Board Member Saša Kramar, and Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Gabrijela Žalac.

Croatia’s winners are listed below.

The best cities for quality of life:

Smaller town – Novigrad (Istria)

Middle-sized town – Poreč

Bigger town – Dubrovnik

The best cities in economic terms:

Smaller town – Krk

Middle-sized town – Sveta Nedelja

Bugger town – Varaždin

The best cities for education, demography and social policy:

Smaller town – Pag

Middle-sized town – Umag

Bigger town – Čakovec

The town which withdrew the most money from EU funds was Križevci, Jastrebarsko won the award for the best eco-town of solutions and practice, and Rijeka for being a smart city of solutions and practice.


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