Mayor Zagreb: Milan Bandic Nepotismus : Zagreb Could do Without its New Mountain

12 May 17

Zagreb Could do Without its New Mountain

Borna Sor

The inhabitants of the Croatian capital have long lived in the shadow of a mountain – but now they have a second one to contend with, not filled with bears, but with pestilence, garbage, and corruption.

Zagreb’s Jakusevec „mountain“. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Branko Radovanovic

The capital of Croatia is an ever-growing city. Situated on the slopes of Mount Medvednica, it has doubled in size each post-war period. And God knows, there have been too many wars in this corner of our continent.

Now reaching its first million in population, the cornerstone of the country’s economy, and, since Croatia’s entry into the EU, doubling its tourist numbers, Zagreb can truly be called prosperous.

And yet, its citizens don’t seem too pleased. Maybe you have heard how the citizens of Zagreb – known as «Purgers», from the German word «Burg», meaning «town», not the English «purge» – are generally considered arrogant.

We are. And proud of it. Legend says that long ago our ancestors came to live in the shadow of the holy Bear Mountain, where for generations they fought with the bears over territory, berries, and honey.

Five great wars were fought, with no clear victor. The bloodshed did not stop until the ancient Purgers, led by a vision that only a new mountain would keep them away, built the legendary Bear Castle – Medvedgrad.

And so the bears were defeated, not physically, but psychologically. Within the castle’s strong walls, our ancestors boldly mocked the bears from the inside, coming up with new insults and jokes, slowly pushing them deeper into the forest.

What worked on bears, worked on humans, too. For centuries, Zagreb was protected by its castles, and the population grew confident and proud, claiming the mountain all for itself.

So, yes, we knew we would grow and were not surprised to see so many people coming to live in Zagreb. With the bears gone, that was to be expected. That part we like.

The reason why so many people believe we are not going in the right direction is a matter of another mountain.

Our Mayor, Milan Bandic, has been with us for over 16 years now.  That is 16 year as a mayor, not as a living human. That is longer than your full education should last and longer than all my past relationships combined. And, like all relationships that last for over 16 years, it is either great or something is very wrong with it.

When your boyfriend drunk-drives and runs away from the police, your parents may be worried but you are not going to dump him.

Even when he gets the cop fired, and later forces him to godfather his child in a stunt, you will forgive him. If you really love him, so what if he is under corruption investigations and if the public construction work is as transparent as water in the dark. «All the paperwork is there, you just can’t see it.»

And so the pile of evidence grows. The same roads constantly repaired, the same fishy companies, the same accusations, everything new tainted by suspicion of corruption, every building, square, and fountain ruined by greed.

When something new is built in Zagreb, it feels like being robbed. Whistleblowers come out, the local population revolts, journalists connects the dots, ex-partners confess to police, but, still, nothing can make you dump him, can it, Zagreb? Why?

Why do you love him so much? Is it because he paid you? It is true, he pays those media handsomely that glorify him, or look the other way. But it is not his money to give, so you are not just selling yourself, you are stealing with him.

Or is it because your family loves him? Because he hired them, so creating the biggest local bureaucracy in the region, where nepotism is so high that dating work colleagues is forbidden for the fear of incest?

He also hired them with our money. What seems like saintliness to you seems like thievery to me. And while you look away, the pile of evidence grows – and is now a mountain. It is one hidden by corrupt law officials far away from the public eye. But can you truly hide a mountain and sweep it under the rug? A metaphorical one, maybe, but not a real one.

Over years of and years of accusations, Mayor Bandic has always replied: «I am clean. Everything is clean!» and people believed him, because everything was clean, literally. The streets were so clean, that people from all over the world would come to Zagreb and say «Oh my, it is so clean here.» And we proudly responded, «Yes! Everything is clean.»

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His declarations come at a time when the Parliamentary Economy and Finance Committee approved the reduction of VAT for tourism to 6%.

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Mayor Milan Bandic has gone another thing coming if he thinks he can drive out the shops and bars from British Square as part of his dubious urban renewal plans.

Flea market on the British Square. Photo: Sven Milekic/BIRN

The vibrant Zagreb piazza, British Square, popularly known as Britanac, has become even more vibrant in recent days, with an atmosphere of uncertainty hanging over its future.

Last week, media reported how by July 1, the well-known café bar Kava tava – offering sandwiches and pancakes – a dairy products stand and two butchers stands, were to leave the square after the city administration refused to prolong their contracts on public grounds, citing “the sanitary conditions in which they work” that could “represent a health hazard”.

Such explanations are nothing new for Zagreb and Croatia, where we are used to such bureaucratic language, which is a codename for “we’re not telling you the real reasons”.

Besides removing these cafés and stalls, Mayor Milan Bandic has also announced the complete renovation of the square. Reportedly, this will mean temporarily closing the market selling vegetables and fruits, forcing shoppers to go all the way to the central Dolac market.

If that was not enough for the urban reformer, going into his classic “Zagreb is Central Europe, not Balkans” rhetoric, Bandic announced the closure of the flea market organised weekly on the square since 2002, where people sell everything from old comics to antique furniture and paintings.

“Zagreb is a European city. There can’t be a flea market on Ilica Plac [the pre-1945 name of the square] of this kind. It is neither hygienic nor sanitary,” Bandic said on Friday, displaying an obvious lack of knowledge that cities like London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Lisbon all have such markets.

Although the stands should have been removed last Friday, everything has been postponed, however, after 10,000 citizens signed a petition within 24 hours, something that should be considered an all-time record for traditionally passive and apathetic Zagreb, where citizens usually shrug and say: “I can’t do anything about it”.

A protest was even organised on Sunday, with people passing on the pedestrian crossings for half an hour, blocking traffic. People immediately nicknamed Bandic’s attempt his own “Brexit”.

What has caused such a reaction? First of all, we have to know a short story of the British Square.

Until the 1880s, there was a wood industry and a locksmith located on the square, with workers house along the street going uphill into the woods. The square back then was on the edge of the city centre, overlooked by a nearby Church of St Roc, the patron saint of protection from plagues. After the factory and workshop were removed, the square came to being, along with the market. Located on the western edge of the centre, it was known as Mali Plac – “Little” Square, or Market. The Kraljevec creek flowed through the centre of the square and was directed underground. A public toilet was built in 1908 and stands there today.

Oldtimer motorbikes and cars exhibited on the square. Photo: Facebook

In 1946, the square was renamed British Square in honour of Yugoslavia’s wartime ally. Throughout the Yugoslav era and even in wartime and transitional years of the 1990s, the square did not change much, keeping its old traditions. It was completely left out of the urban transitions that have re-shaped Zagreb in the last 25 years and ruined some of its squares in the process, like the legendary Preradovic Square, better known as Cvjetni trg [Flower Square]. British Square fell into mild decay, out of the range of the new capitalist elites and mainstream youth, which had no business there. The only attraction was the Apolo cinema and the old shabby café bars. That was why the young never made British Square their base, unlike the aforementioned Cvjetni trg or the central Ban Josip Jelacic Square, usually called Trg.–07-04-2016

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Several senior Croatian police officials resigned after a burglary at the headquarters of Zagreb’s criminal police which the interior minister said could be an “inside job”.

Sven Milekic


Croatian interior minister Vlaho Orepic tells media about the burglary. | Photo: BETAPHOTO/HINA/Dario GRZELJ/MO

Croatian interior minister Vlaho Orepic said on Tuesday that chief of police Vlado Dominic, the head of the Zagreb police, Goran Burusic, the head of police internal control, Stjepan Jurinec, and the chief of the criminal police, Danijel Zugelj, had resigned after the burglary on Sunday night.

Orepic said he thought the burglary on Sunday night at the criminal police headquarters in Zagreb could have been “an inside job” by someone within the force.

“It is possible that these [burglars] are people from the system who have tried to discredit the police,” he told a press conference.

Unconfirmed Croatian media reports have suggested that around 280,000 euros and two kilogrammes of gold were taken from a safe in the office of the head of the police’s organised crime unit, Zeljko Dolacki.

The reports suggested that the money and gold were in the safe after having been confiscated in a police raid. Dolacki was removed from position……………………..
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Croatia’s Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organised Crime has filed indictments against three high-ranking local officials over the past week.

Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic. Photo: Beta

The Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organised Crime, USKOK, filed its latest indictment against Bozidar Kalmeta, the mayor of the Croatian coastal town of Zadar, on Friday.

This follows the anti-fraud body’s indictments of Zagreb mayor Milan Bandic and former Sisak-Moslavina county prefect Marina Lovric Merzel on Wednesday.

Kalmeta is being probed for alleged corrupt activities while he was maritime affairs, transport and infrastructure minister between 2005 and 2010, during which he is accused of leading a group of 12 people who embezzled some four million euro.

A member of the opposition centre-right Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, Kalmeta was minister during the first mandate of now-incarcerated former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, who was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for taking a 10 million euro bribe. Kalmeta remained minister when Jadranka Kosor took over as prime minister in July 2009.

Zadar mayor Bozidar Kalmeta. Photo: Beta

Bandic meanwhile is accused of illegally aiding a conservative NGO called In the Name of Family, which allegedly cost the city of Zagreb some 40,000 euro. The NGO was behind a successful campaign for a referendum to legally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, effectively outlawing same-sex marriages.

He was initially arrested back in October 2014 over accusations that he was involved in a range of corrupt activities in the city administration, and of embezzling some 2.6 million euro.

Merzel Lovric, who is also an MP, is accused of involvement in wrongdoing that cost the Sisak-Moslavina county budget some 1.7 million euro.

She resigned as perfect of the county in August 2014 during her five months in remand prison. She also lost her membership of governing centre-left Social Democratic Party, SDP, in July 2014.



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