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Local Press Digest

ZAGREB, May 2, 2000 (Rtr)


VECERNJI LIST

President Stipe Mesic and Prime Minister Ivica Racan aboard U.S. aircraft carrier Eisenhower, which sailed into Dubrovnik harbor. Racan says Croatia will be admitted to NATO's Partnership for Peace program this month.

Government makes first complete inventory of its moveable and immovable property through a special new committee.

Journalists to stage five-minute strike on Wednesday to protest their difficult social condition.

If politicians could agree, we could merge Croatian oil monopoly Ina and Mol within three months, says Janos Csak, CEO of the Hungarian oil company. Ina can hardly survive on its own, he says.

JUTARNJI LIST

May 25 remains the date of Croatia's admittance into Partnership for Peace programme.

Number of visitors to Zagreb Spring Fair was only half of the expected.

VJESNIK

British American Tobacco (BAT) remains in Croatia - after a meeting with leading Croatian politicians, BAT managed to get the conditions they initially required, thus destroying tobacco monopoly which Tvornica Duhana Rovinj has held for years.

Unless State Health Bureau pays its debts soon, there is a great possibility of medicine shortages this summer.

World Bank urges Croatia to carry out deep structural reforms. Short term priorities are to cut current spending and further reform health and pension system.

Law on Restructuring Banks is to be changed - in the future, the state wants the responsibility to be shifted on to bank owners and management.

NOVI LIST

President Stipe Mesic discussed cooperation and strategic partnership of INA and MOL with Hungarian President Arpad Goncz during last week's central European summit in Hungary.

SLOBODNA DALMACIJA

Croatia is materially ruined and corrupt, but it is up to courts to punish those who committed crimes, says Vlado Gotovac, leader of Liberal Party.



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