EU Capital of Corruption 2020 — Rijeka, Croatia | Evidence Photographs

US and EU taxpayer funds— sustain corrupt networks in the City of Rijeka — and block legitimate private investments.

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Croatia’s Fake Judiciary

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USAID’s sign on the entrance to the city of Rijeka in March 2008. Sign has been removed since.
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Huawei Billboard on a building in the City of Rijeka in 2019.

EU and US taxpayers are sustaining cronyism and pay-to-play scheme in the City of Rijeka — a microcosm of Croatia:

I) Rijeka City/GP Krk — Wasteful Spending of EU and US Taxpayers Aid

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Croatian Roads just selected a consortium headed by GP Krk to build the “most expensive road” in Croatia. Two kilometers for €70 million paid by EU taxpayers.
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Land terminal for the floating LNG is being built by a construction company GP Krk.
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The above billboard is placed across the street from the billboard below — for the same project.
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Source: Port of Rijeka Authority - https://www.portauthority.hr/en/news/5624/
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EU Taxpayer Funds from Regional Development granted to the City of Rijeka for the Complex Bencic. Source: https://www.textfeldsuedost.com/bildreportagen/rijeka-2020/
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The EU funded project get subcontracted to GP Krk by the City of Rijeka and the City-owned Water Supply and Sewerage company.
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EU Taxpayers wasting €9.2 million for Mayor’s pet project to convert Communist Yugoslavia Dictator Tito’s Yacht into a museum in Rijeka. Photo: https://www.textfeldsuedost.com/bildreportagen/rijeka-2020/
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Photo: Antonio Bronic/Reuters.
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Who is benefiting from the conversion of dilapidated communist dictator Tito’s boat? Photo: https://www.textfeldsuedost.com/bildreportagen/rijeka-2020/
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One one the World Bank’s project worth €22.3 million which was subcontracted to GP Krk in 2009.
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Construction site for the long overdue hospital in Rijeka, being built by GP Krk.
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Excerpt from Bulgaria Center of the Study of Democracy’s report on corruption in Croatia, quoting Croatia’s portal index.hr, which describes the roles of Jozo Kalem and Slavko Linic in various corrupt transactions.

II) GP Krk Illegally Supervising Its Own Construction.

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Rijeka Structura (inspector/supervisor), Martinkovac Gradnja (investor) and GP Krk (contracor/builder) are connected companies, owned and managed by the same individuals. Photo taken on May 25, 2018.
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III) Rijeka City/GP Krk Blocking Private FCPA-Abiding US Investment.

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Detailed urban plan of 2013 with GP Krk/City of Rijeka placing extortion racket on the privately-owned land harming the US investor.

IV) Rijeka City/GP Krk Facilitating Money Laundering.

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Gabriele Volpi was investigated by the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for laundering Nigeria’s illicit funds in America. Volpi is currently under investigation in Italy.
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February 2012: Gabriele Volpi (left) with the City of Rijeka Mayor, Vojko Obersnel after signing an agreement of Volpi’s investment into soccer club Rijeka, thirty percent owned by the City. The €10 million mortgage on the land owned by the City in favor of Volpi’s organization was canceled in 2019. The US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations examined Gabriele Volpi’s Nigeria money laundering in the US in 2010.
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From left: Mayor Obersnel, Josip Puric, CEO/owner of GP Krk, Zoran Milanovic, then Croatia’s Prime Minister and today President, Damir Miskovic, Volpi’s right-hand man in Nigeria, Mozambique and Croatia on the construction site of the stadium Krimeja.
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Construction site of the stadium Rujevica, funded by Gabriele Volpi and Damir Miskovic, owned by the City of Rijeka and built by GP Krk. In the meantime, the City sold the land to Gabriele Volpi/Damir Miskovic.
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The coastal stadium Kantrida (picture above) with its 29,300 m2 owned by the City, given in 50-year concesion to Gabriele Volpi — to be built by GP Krk.
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Volpi and Miskovic forfeited the right to build the above stadium, and Miskovic (who has no legal title) signed an MOU with Chinese Top International Engineering Corporation (TIEC) in 2019 for a €50 million project — €25 for the stadium and €25 for commercial buildings (shopping mall, hotel, etc.).
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From left to right: Dean Sculac, Director of the Soccer Club Rijeka, two representatives of the China-based TIEC, Damir Miskovic, President and owner (70%) of the Soccer Club Rijeka, Darko Horvat, Minister of Economy, Luka Ivančić, General Manager, Kantrida Stadium.

In a separate case, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) complaint filed in the United States District Court, Southern District Court of New York against J&T Banka and Julius Strapek (board of J&T Bank Croatia), among others.

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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) complaint filed in the United States District Court, Southern District Court of New York against J&T Banka and Julius Strapek (board of J&T Bank Croatia), among others.

Costabella — Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach and Resort and Spa

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Photo: D. Skomrlj | From right: Mayor Obersnel, Josip Puric, CEO/owner GP Krk; Borjan Brncic, Director of JTH Costabella Ltd., Jaroslav Tresnak, Co-Founder of JTH Costabella, Vlado Bralic, architect, AGA

Costabella — Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach and Resort and Spa

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Photo: Ivica Tomic | From left: Josip Puric, CEO, GP Krk, Croatia’s Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, Rijeka’s Mayor Vojko Obersnel, Alan Mantin, Managing Director, Development, Southern Europe, Hilton; Deputy Mayor Filipovic (in the back), Borjan Brncic, Director of JTH Costabella Ltd.
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Construction site of the Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach and Resort and Spa, built by GP Krk, funded by J&T Bank. Photos taken in October 2019.
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Top five shareholders of the J&T Bank on December 4, 2018. The 5th shareholder is Jozo Kalem, “a close friend of Minister of Finance Slavko Linic” who was in charge of the finance ministry when Croatia’s bank VABA was sold to J&T Bank in 2014.

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