In Croatia, journalists and citizens have a hard time accessing information which should be of public domain, reports Osservatio Balcani i Caucaso Transeuropa on February 16, 2017.
“How does the “right to know” work in Croatia? Exactly three years ago we asked for information on a number of cases involving the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) without any result. And exactly two years ago we asked if we could attend, as journalists, the meeting of the Cultural Councils, but these continue to be held behind closed doors. It took two and a half years before attempts succeeded to make public some of the contracts for the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic sea.
“These and other similar cases demonstrate that the Croatian elite in engaged in a tireless effort to maintain their circle of interests out of the public eye.”
Case number one
OBC Transeuropa is a think tank focused on South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus which was launched in the year 2000. Over time, OBC Transeuropa expanded its scope and now reports on the socio-political and cultural developments of six EU member states, of seven countries taking part in the EU Enlargement process, and much of post-communist Europe, which is included in the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP).