July-August 2006

Defeated supranational right scandalized Slovakia
Slovaks need better housing
Nobles Day in Zaprešič
Make Nové Dvory more popular
First Lilies
Demanding Goals
Feel Well!
What does Russia’s energy leadership mean?
Economic and political aspects of energy leadership
Slovak Miró
A huge amount of Euro funds are being prepared
What would you like to change?
The flower garden between the Mura and the Drava rivers
Thermal Oasis Surrounded by Vineyards
Helps curing rheumatic fever
Known since 1936
Medimurje wine road
The first Mill on Mura
The Lake of Good Hope
86 million litres per day
Spa and drinking cures
Children´s Zone will be built
Mediterranean Spa
Water Wonder of Europe
Golf Beauty
Families will like it
Two Kinds of Admission
Curing Procedures
Entertaining Aqua Park
Children’s Water World

Defeated supranational right scandalized Slovakia
Please, do not panic and stop shouting that a new Slovak government will endanger Slovakia. Just take it easy and read the Coalitional Agreement signed by Smer- SD, ĽS- HZDS and SNS and wait for the Governmental Program Declaration that will be made in August. Real democrats are always gentlemen and give the government a hundred days…
How utterly ridiculous! What a havoc media and defeated politicians who are ruled not by Slovak capital, played against the new government! The headlines in the newspapers and debates claim that Slovakia is endangered by international isolation and ethnical tension! Slovakia is ruled by Fico, Mečiar and Slota. What will happen to us? Slovakia has moved aback, we must mobilize democratic powers- it reminds me of the campaign against the new Polish government and the new Polish president that are building so-called the Forth Republic. It is irresponsible, incorrect and scandalous, indeed! And mostly against the citizens of Slovakia and the state. If SMK, SDKÚ and KDH have claimed so far that it is defeat of national and state interests of the country, they should behave valiantly and admit their defeat in a democratic competition and not getting into panic and create the atmosphere of fear and anxiety. These three parties declare themselves to Christianity, truth, love and understanding among nations. Or have they been deceiving citizens so far? The political leaders might get confessed- again (at least Catholic ones). Moreover, the attitude of the group of Social Democrats in the European Parliament is scandalous as well! Ignoring Róbert Fico´s arguments, they had quickly approved the proposal according to which the Party of the European Socialists excluded Smer Party as long as Smer governs with the Slovak National Party. It was just a day before his assignment (!) and his official visit in the fraction. They appealed on the values and rules that the socialists will never govern with nationalistic, fascistic and racist and xenophobic parties… Yes, it is possible to agree with such a principle but we have to ask two questions: If the SNS were a fascistic and xenophobic party, the Ministry of the Interior of the SR would forbid this party. Moreover, why would the representatives of the group of the National Parties in the European Parliament congratulate on their victory? Ones recognize it ones not? And if Mr Fico had formed the government with the nationalistic SMK (the Party of Hungarian Coalition) is not nationalistic, fascistic and full of racism for the European socialists and they would have not refused such a government? Or the issue is that someone showed too much afford and translated Slota´s stupid and irresponsible exclamations in English language and followingly submitted in the European Parliament so that SNS got a reputation of a xenophobic, fascistic and racist party. Or Mr Fico undervalued the power of his European MPs (M.Beňová, M. Koterec and V.Maňka) and the international lobbing and arrived in Strasbourg too late?
Mr Martin Schulz might have made a mistake, too. He is a head of the fraction and he does not explain sufficiently why socialists cannot govern with nationalists. If it is because of Hitler’s National Socialism who used left-winged parties, we might understand that. Be aware that we live in the year 2006 and it is not correct for socialists to be tied up with such a dogma and philosophy against national parties. How can such cooperation do harm to them? It is not dangerous for the right parties though. Why didn’t Mr Schulz say a single word when socialists ruled in Slovenia? Was it all right at that time?
Scandalous, hypocritical and irresponsible attitude of the European MPs, representatives of SDKÚ, SMK and KDH in the Group of Popular and Christian Democratic parties who suggested to form a monitoring group for observation of the political situation in their own country. What for? Who will benefit from this ridiculous activity and what is its purpose? Do they think they are the only people right for democracy, truth and freedom? Why didn’t Hungarian or Polish MPs propose the same after the election in their countries? Is it only Slovakia where human, civil and democratic rights should be violated?
Finally, after eight years, Slovakia has a Slovak government again. Slovak- Hungarian right coalition was replaced by the Slovak coalition being dominated by the left-winged Smer- Social Democracy (11 chairs). After eight year, the winner of the election was able to form the government without the instructions of the emissaries of the European Union and distinct supervision of the USA that “helped” to create the first Dzurinda´s right-left government during the coalitional dialogue in Austrian Hainburg. At that time all the parties allied against the winner of the election (HZDS) so that they defeated Mr Mečiar and his “mečiarism”. However, soon, they departed again as they intrigued against one another in the name of economic and social reforms, inevitable flow of the foreign investments and the integration of Slovakia in the EU and NATO. Nevertheless, KDH left this pro-west- and- often- blind- to –see SDK (That block is similar to the block called Our Ukraine) as they did not want to lose their identity and accept Mr Dzurinda, a former spokesman, as a leader of the supranational capital in Slovakia. Róbert Fico left SDĽ (Strana demokratickej ľavice- The Part of Democratic Left) as he criticized their servility to right parties) and he established another political party called Smer. ANO, a liberal party climbed up the back of the indifferent SOP (Strana občianskeho porozumenia- the Party of Citizens Understanding). SMK (Strana maďarskej koalície-The Party of Hungarian Coalition), which created its image of the stable and pro-west party mainly with poor, less educated and older voters, took advantage over the process of forming Slovak parties…
The state suddenly got on “the right way” and the citizens watched dramatic fall in the national economy instead of the increase of the standard of living, drain of the capital abroad, they listened to speeches about inevitable tightening our belts, bombastic “white books” of Mečiar´s inheritance, read about corruption and cheap sale of national properties as the state was a bad owner… This government was tightened together by the fear from Mečiar and his return and safety interests of the USA that was forming a zone consisting of the state of new Europe against the old one (Germany and France).
This kind of Slovak politics that made Slovakia dependent on foreign capital continued after the election in 2002 when the government involved political parties such as SDKÚ, KDH, SMK, and ANO. Pavol Rusko, almost forgotten leader of liberals and a media god, preferred “supranational Triple Alliance” so that he could bring great foreign investments (There might have been a government involving HZDS, Smer and ANO). However, Pavol Rusko ended up in that government before he was able to be praised for the investments in the automotive industry, starting up industrial parks and a weak revival of the middle class. Nevertheless, his coalitional partners had put him down on his knees just a few steps before he reached the finish; he was made a “financial gangster” and fighter against the Catholic Church. He had been backing up Mikuláš Dzurinda all the time in order to save the right government with independent MPs and thus empower pre-electoral credibility of SDKÚ which was endangered by Zuzana Martináková, a vague but ambitious leader of Slobodné fórum, and people connected with intelligence services and associations- they all came together in Slobodné forum. They picked up the “leftovers” of the Velvet Revolution and wanted to revive the middle class and build up a powerful liberal party…
Voters made a decision- three coalitional and three oppositional parties were elected to the parliament. Simple mathematics showed that it was not possible to create a strong right- centred government (SDKU, ĽS- HZDS, KDH and SNS) or to interconnect the interest of foreign and domestic capitals although being deposited abroad so far. It was not possible because citizens were not prepared for such an alternative and the media just kept talking about endless reforms and their corrections or cancellation. Moreover, it was not possible as even Slovak lobbing and financial groups were not interested. It proves that some Slovak politicians have not grown up yet and they are not matured. Mikuláš Dzurinda cannot imagine the rights without SMK (and his friend Bugár) and KDH which had been intriguing in the coalition all the time… Although he started talking about ĽS- HZDS, he kept setting conditions. On the one hand, KDH would never accepted HZDS and SNS with Mečiar and Slota who, on the other hand, who both do not like servility and managerial incapability and “freakiness” of KDH. Slovak politicians irresponsibly and carelessly gave SMK a seal of key and influential party which supports and represents nationally mixed region of South Slovakia (!) although they have a great problem to form and develop civil freedom having been glorified so many times. SMK had problems to commence the regional development, improve agriculture and environment and the EU Funds had to carry this burden. Moreover, they struggled to lead correct policy in the Nitra Self- Governing Region. Slovak politicians, who are unable to reach an agreement, strengthen the influence and extremism of SMK which has already started talking about national tension. Their lobbing initiated negative attitudes of Budapest, Brussels as well as Washington. SMK leaders are not talking about where and why any tension would burst and who causes it. Should it appear in the districts of Komarno and Dunajská Streda where SMK won? Or in the regions they did not win and now they are afraid of the political audit performed by a new government? Mikuláš Dzurinda and Pavol Hrušovský did not say a single word to deny these “worries”, they remained silent pathetically.
That is why the new coalition might give a strong impulse and made us think not only about the future of Slovak right and left parties but think how to get rid of extreme dependence of Slovak politics on politicians and parties which have not done anything so far apart from destruction, speculations, mobbing, moralizing and ethnical supremacy. They need national and state reflection at least.
Robert Matejovic
Editor in Chief

Slovaks need better housing
„ If the law system works in Slovakia, the court will prove that we are the legal owners of the car park as we have paid the previous owner the total price we agreed on. If the judicial system does not work, our case will be a great warning for all the foreign investors,“ says Steven Chepa, Canadian entrepreneur and financial expert who invests in Slovakia, he buys real estates, constructs new family houses and remodels hotels.

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Lemko Rusyn immigrants from the Carpathian Mountains who were born as subjects of the Austro Hungarian Empire. Steven’s mother was born in 1905, in Uscie Ruske, subsequent to Action Visla in 1947 renamed Uscie Gorlickie. After considerable success in America, Stevens’ grandfather returned to Uscie Ruskie just before the First World War only to be conscripted into the Austrian Army. Steven’s Great Grandfather was imprisoned, his daughter, Steven’s grandmother, had to travel all day each day to bring food to her father and Stevens’ mother, at nine years of age, was left to look after three children. Each time the military passed through the village, Steven’s mother fortunately managed to hide. Her father was taken a prisoner by the Russians, returned home as a broken man, and died soon afterwards. In 1929, Steven’s mother emigrated from Poland to Canada. Steven’s father was born in Malyj Bereznyj, in the village bordering with Slovakia. Once this territory belonged to Austria Hungary, then to Czechoslovakia and today as Transcarpathian Region (Oblast) it is part of the Ukraine. After a short career as a cantor (dyak) in training for the priesthood became disillusioned with the corruption within the church at that time, lost his faith, and in 1927 emigrated to Canada.
After a difficult time and, fortunately for Steven, meeting his wife “to be” in a park in Toronto, Canada, Stevens’ parents had saved sufficient money to buy a small bakery in Hamilton. Steven as a boy and as young man used to spend many nights working in the bakery and many days delivering bread to his fathers’ customers.



Nobles Day in Zaprešič
THE NOBLE YOUTH, IT IS THE ASSOCIATION THAT WANTS TO POINT OUT THE EXISTING COMMON INHERITANCE LEFT BY PEOPLE AND FAMILIES OF A HIGHER CULTURAL AND SOCIAL STATUS. ACCORDING TO THIS ASSOCIATION, IT IS A PART OF NOBLES LIVING IN EUROPE, IT PROVES NOT INTERRUPTED TRADITION AND CONNECTION OF CROATIA WITH CENTRAL EUROPEAN CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT.

On June 10, 2006, The Day of Nobles was held for the ninth time. Not only descendants of Croatian aristocrats and noble families but also funs of old and almost forgotten nobles´ ideals gathered in the historical area of Jelačič´s Nové Dvory in Zaprešič (17km from Zagreb). All those people came together to remind of atmosphere and tradition from the second half of the 19th century. An interesting program attracted many curious visitors- for example the afternoon promenade in romantic costumes, tea with countesses being accompanied with waltz, the performance called Romantic 19th or sensual 20th centuries?!...

This traditional event is organized by the association Nobles´ Youth of Zaprešič (Plemička mládež grada Zaprešič). The association was established nine years ago by Lidija Gašaparová, a fashion designer and stylists. Not only aristocrats are the members, but also young people without the noble origin. They revived traditions and manners of nobles from the seconds part of the 19th century in a chateau and previous Earl Josip Jelačič´s residence in Zaprešič (Dimenzie no.5/2006) where a golf area is being built there at the moment.

Make Nové Dvory more popular
“We passed and carry on thanks to my great desire and strong power I put in my hope that I will create something nice for young people and Jelačič´s Nové Dvory where I grew up. Dreaming about past glamour and beauty, I just saw their plundering and devastation,“ says Mrs Lidija Gašparová.
One of the main goals of this association is to rescue and preserve the memory of Croatian Ban Josip Jelačič, a famous leader of the Croatian national movement. In the revolutionary year 1848, he cancelled serfdom, he required reorganization of the Austro- Hungarian Empire and equality for all its nations. Another goal is to popularize Nové Dvory, a former but favourite place among Croatian aristocrats, like a cultural shelter of Zaprešič County and highlight its tourist potential. “Nové Dvory is very precious from educational point of view, many visitors could learn about its history and its importance as well as the life and works of Ban Jelašič,“ Mrs Lidija Gašparová continues. Her body and soul are tightly connected with the era of romantism. That is why she organizes a prestigious nobles´ ball every October (to commemorate Ban Jelačič´s birthday).

First Lilies
Cute lily dresses, which were fashionable for the balls in the 19th century, inspired her to establish the association and organize the Day of Nobles. “Lilies are not a dress or accessories, they hide the whole past day system of education and good behaviour. It is cute by its modesty, virtuous by bare shoulders, so open and mysterious.”
As she wanted lilies to revive, she established the association. She prepared and sewed the first collection of women evening gowns. Her acquaintances got together and they cautiously took first steps of waltz on the yard of her parents´ house. Neighbours asked her parents the next day whether their daughter was getting married…
“After two months, we danced on the car park of the driving school for the music coming from the radio. Later on, I designed and sewed man’s wear and our first performance was held. We go back to the romantic era of the 19th century at least once a year. We are grateful to media that they pay attention to us. If they did not give us a hand, we would never be so successful. We expected the authorities in Zaprešič to help us, however, they would rather hide us not to show and support us. “

Demanding Goals
The association of Nobles Youth gathers many young girls and boys who would like to present that Croatia is not only the land of folklore and songs, country traditions, handcraft and farmers products. For example, they want to remind us that there is a common inheritance having been left by people and families of higher social and cultural ranks. They are the part of living nobles in Europe; it proves traditions and interconnection of Croatia with Central European cultural environment.
“Nobles culture almost disappeared in Croatia although it represents a light in rich Croatian past. Our association maps and protects the cultural identity, habits, and fashion and traditions of nobles from Novy Dvor. It is a very difficult and demanding goal of our association. It is crucial if we want to revitalize the whole complex of Jelačič´ s Nové Dvory,“ Mrs Lidija Gašparová continues.

Feel Well!
A new wellness centre was built for the most demanding clients in Patince. The European Union also contributed to its construction. Martina Moravcova, Slovak swimmer, is its advertising face. Discover harmony of your body and soul, Toledo embroiders, Lurdes Cave and a stream pump station at the dam of the river Danube.

A new member of the wellness centres in Slovakia, which represents a modern form of spa treatment, was opened on July 1, 2006. The Wellness Centre Patince with a four-star hotel in the area of the famous thermal spa in Patince which is the lowest placed village in Slovakia. It is situated 14 kilometres from Komarno, 500 metres from the river Danube and only 300 metres from Virtské Lake and the river Žitava.

The European Fund for the Regional Development helped to build a new wellness centre. Within the Sector Operation Program Industry and Services (Priority- the Development of Tourism), the Fund donated 80 million crowns (2.1 million EUR) while the total price reached the amount of 300 million crowns (7.9 million EUR). “We are glad that we got the support of the European Union. The area of Patince has ideal conditions for the development of wellness services which offer a wide range of regeneration and relaxation products by using a new method, “explains Ing. Peter Orgován, a CEO of the Wellness Company, s.r.o. which owns the Wellness Centre. What was his motivation to elaborate this project he had dreamt about for a few years when he was using wellness facilities mostly abroad?
“Increase of income and continuous growth of the standard of living have to face increasing stress and growing demands on people’s performance. Being under the pressure of these new factors, the hierarchies of values as well as leisure activities are changing. More and more people consider health as the main priority in life. Prevention and healthcare are becoming new phenomena of so-called new life style. Therefore, we attempt to change and improve offers of spa industry and pay more attention to prevention and regeneration, i.e. health tourism. “




What does Russia’s energy leadership mean?
It is apparent that the G8 format is not sufficient for the fast growing economies of non-members, such as China, Korea, India and Brazil. They are major consumers and producers, and we believe it would be senseless to discuss strategic energy prospects without them. Viktor Khristenko, Russian Minister of Industry and Energy

Russia’s energy strategy is coming to the fore on the global agenda, especially in 2006 when Russia assumed the rotating chair of the Group of Eight industrialized nations. Global energy security is one of the key issues on the agenda of the G8 summit. It would be absurd not to discuss it with Russia, the biggest oil and gas exporter in the group with a major influence on the world market situation.

This global issue can be divided into several tasks. The current situation on the global market is noted for four crucial aspects. First, the energy requirements of the emerging Asian countries are growing rapidly (up to 45% of the prospective increment in the global oil demand).
Second, the divide between oil and gas consumption and production in the industrialized countries is growing. By 2020, Europe will import 60-70% of its gas requirements, whereas the majority of Asian giants already import more.
Third, this process is compounded by the inadequate oil refining and transportation infrastructure and the limited additional possibility of oil production. And fourth, the global trade in “black gold” is insufficiently transparent. Taken together, this puts the light on the issue of energy security, which Russia has raised not only as a domestic problem, but primarily as a common problem of reliable energy provision to the world’s countries and nations, and therefore a problem of the international community as a whole.
In my opinion, the global dialogue on this issue should stipulate the drafting of common approaches to a number of comprehensive tasks, such as the stabilization of energy markets, extended investment into and efficient development of power generation and infrastructure. At the same time, we should maintain a balance between the development of the power industry and the environment. Some measures taken in this sphere are contributing to the energy agenda of the G8, and we should encourage this connection. We are holding a relay baton of kinds. The issue of climate change, which was one of the two top issues on the agenda of the U.K. 2005 G8 presidency, is closely connected to the issue of energy security. Two-thirds of the task of reducing hazardous emissions are connected with the energy sectors. We should not go to extremes, though. What we need is find a compromise between environmental problems and the real conditions of economic development, which should take into account the specific features of all market players, both hydrocarbons producers and consumers.

Economic and political aspects of energy leadership
The economic importance of energy resources is indivisible from its political significance. Unfortunately, many players on the energy market are trying to make the solution of energy problems a political process. Such decisions should be purely pragmatic and should be taken within the framework of normal economic relations. Any political speculations on this issue should be precluded. We have good relations with consumer countries and hope to keep them good. Populist actions cannot be allowed to undermine the basis of our cooperation. What does Russia’s energy leadership mean, and how should we regard it? Leadership does not depend only on the volume of output and sale. Saudi Arabia not only produces a lot of oil, but also sells a great deal because its domestic consumption is relatively low, whereas Russia is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy.
First, we should correctly formulate the global issue of energy security. Second, we should have the resources and possibilities for minimizing energy-related risks.
Russia’s potential leadership in the sphere of energy can and should be interpreted as “leadership for security.” In this sense, a monocultural exporter of raw materials depending on the world energy prices, or an industrialized state relying on high technologies and trying to get rid of deposit owners, cannot be regarded as the leading world power. The leader should take into account the interests of both producers and consumers. As regards the issue of global energy security, Russia has an adequate understanding of the situation and a risk minimization mechanism, which all countries have.
There are many of them. Everyone sees the differences in prices of Russian Urals and Western Brent benchmarks. The market is highly volatile, which engenders the risk of uncertainty. This volatility depends primarily on the precise assessment of reserves in the producing countries. We assess Russia’s reserves at 13% of the world’s total, but the International Energy Agency assesses them at 8%, which is nearly half of the Russian assessment. This makes one wonder if the valuator was selling or buying at the time of calculation. Anyway, the sellers and buyers should operate with the same figure, otherwise it will be impossible to make forecasts and develop a policy of energy security. We can analyze transportation, infrastructure, demand, reserve and political risks, to which the energy market reacts rather strongly. This is why Russia regards itself as a major seller and buyer, one of the biggest transit territories, and a G8 country where such issues can be discussed. We now understand the tasks that will determine the long-run, not the spot or speculative, development of the situation. There is one more thing I want to draw your attention to. The G8 is a wonderful place for presenting our stand and opinion to the world’s leading countries and for outlining ways to solve problems. However, it is apparent that the G8 format is not sufficient for the fast growing economies of non-members, such as China, Korea, India and Brazil. They are major consumers and producers, and we believe it would be senseless to discuss strategic energy prospects without them. In fact, the issue is not limited to the G8. Knowing that it will not be settled overnight, we can assume that 30 years from now the G8 will have a different format.





Slovak Miró
He had been hiding it inside for a very long time. He had been gathering impressions and inspirations from museums and galleries, at home and in the world, he had been arranging thematic and shape ideas for years. When it all ripped, the right moment was about to come and he started to process them in his own way. He was mostly inspired by Joan Miró but also by Paul Klee with toys proposals for his children. It was like a game for him.

For Michal Škrovina (66), the fine art is like a game. He was born in Martin, he is an architect. He joined abbreviations and characters of his idols with a Slovak toy and created an extraordinary series of „woods“which are special parts of his work. He is known for his naive glass paintings. They are pictures with colourful historical ideas, with high-way-men and Janošík traditions, it reflects circus or seaside atmosphere. His glasses are inspired by a traditional village environment, habits and personal experiences.
However, let’s go back to his works- wooden figures, witches, knights, rainbow birds and fish, kings, strong men, soldiers, devil and other characters from fairy tales. His unique style identifies him at first sight. Nevertheless, they are not just Juan Miró´s copies. He transmitted creativity, joy and lightness from his pictures to those little thin figures which are much more glamorous, rich and pure. The author plays merrily while doing them. They are mostly moving figures or objects which are toys at the same time. At first sight, they look like wooden jewellery but they are not comparable with those made of gold. They also have a soul. He began with little figures in the 1960s and they were made of tin. Later, he started using wood and he has been sawing, grinding, cutting and colouring it since then. The use of different kinds of wood- lime, walnut or olive. Moreover, wedges, nails, joints are from wood too. No metal nails will be found.
His original and fresh works belong to the category of masterpieces which can cheer you up, make you feel happy. He is Slovak Miró. Škrovina and Miró have invention, fairly tale fantasy, spontaneity and temper in common. These small woods look as if they were alive, they are real monuments. No wonder they have already been exhibited in Mexico, Prague, Warsaw… He creates his masterpieces in a block of flats but his works do not stay behind the works that were created in the atelier full of sunlight like Juan Miró´s atelier overseeing Palma de Mallorca. But they have its spontaneity, simplicity and colorit in common.

SPECIAL EDITION - Hrvatske Dimenzie



A huge amount of Euro funds are being prepared
“We are one of the six Croatian Counties which are involved in the project called Cards 2002. Thank to it, we will have had six certified managers by the end of this year. They will be able to offer sources to both home and foreign investors in our economic zones. Thus, our county will obtain the European certificate of a region suitable for foreign investments, “says Josip Posavec, the President of Medzimurje County.
It is the smallest and the most inhabited county in the north of Croatia. It spreads between two rivers the Drava (in the south) and the Mura (in the north) along the north-west borders with Hungary and Slovenia. Although the majority of its area used to belong to influential Croatian nobles, it was under Austro - Hungarian administration. With participation of Serbian soldiers, it became the part of Croatia (The Kingdom of Croatians, Slovenians and Serbs) in 1918. In April 1941, Horthy´s Hungary captured the county and it returned under Croatian jurisdiction (Yugoslavian) after the Second World War. Čakovec is its administrative centre. It has sixteen thousand inhabitants. There are almost 120 thousand inhabitants, mainly in three towns (Čakovec, Prelog, and Mursko Središče) and in 22 villages.
Mr Posavec, so far, your county has been the only one in Croatia that has neighbours from the European Union- Hungary and Slovenia. How are you preparing for the integration to the Union?
The solution for the development of our county is rooted in its good and effective management based on responsibility, predictability and transparency. I would like Medzimurje to adjust demanding European market, in both ways- structurally and functionally. However, it is not possible to achieve it without education. That is the reason why our county intends to invest in education widely. It would be much easier to issue particular rules in accordance with the directives of the European Union. Nevertheless, it is not acceptable. One cannot apply the same rules in every country. It might work in one country but not in the other country or region. There used to be so-called “One best way” policy. I do not want to follow this policy. I would like my ideas to initiate discussion about changing at least some bad habits and past stereotypes.
What would you like to change?
Our advantage is our geographic position in the heart of Europe. We would like our county to become the county of education and culture. We want to move forward, far from the typical opinion that the people of Medzimurje are just precious, clever and penny-pinchers. A long term industrial tradition is also important for our economic development. Our work force is disciplined, loyal, effective and ready for sustainable education. Home and foreign investors really appreciate it. That is why there are investors from the USA, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Austria in our county. However, a great investment boom will come in next five or ten years.
Training and education of necessary human resources and appropriate infrastructure are essential. It is important to invest in the system of education. We plan to implement the whole vertical education. Nowadays, we have five elementary schools and one secondary school with “one- shift” classes (i.e. classes in the morning). In the next three years, we plan to implement “one-shift” studying at all elementary and secondary schools through the individual investments and project of the Public Private Partnership. The project is worth 200 million kunas (28 mil.Euro). Opening of the University of Medzimurje with a wide range of specializations will provide the economy with necessary labour force with a university degree. Our communal infrastructure that has been built for the past thirty years is outstanding. It has been financed by citizens and their contributions as well as from our sources. Water pipelines, gas distribution and road network are being built throughout the entire county. We are going to construct the system of sewerage what is a project in the amount of one milliard Kuns (150 mil Euro). Fortunately, we have also prepared the complete solution in the field of communal waste disposal and liquidation. We have one rubbish dump and we also undertaker liquidation of “wild dumps” and we are cleaning the whole county thoroughly. We would like to become a green oasis of Europe.
How do the European funds help you?
We nominated twenty projects and we have already received some funds for them. We were given five million Euros from the Phare Program to erect villages for gypsies. We have five thousand gypsies who live in twelve villages. This money will be used to construct roads, a water pipeline and an electric distributional network. We nominated two million Euros in the project of Interreg IIIA. We expect to support projects for the development of tourism and improvement of investment environment, to support entrepreneurs and programs connected with ecology. We are one of the six Croatian counties involved in the project called Cards 2002. Thank to it, we will have six certified managers by the end of this year. They will be able to offer sources to both home and foreign investors in our economic zones. Thus, our county will obtain the European certificate of a region suitable for foreign investments.
Which branches of economy do you offer to foreign investors?
We are attractive for the foreign investors as our labour force has a particular industrial tradition, it is disciplined and loyal and ready to work for many foreign investors. Metal processing and wood processing industries are developing these days. We have just opened the furniture manufacture, enterprises that are well-known on both national and European levels. We have companies that are known all over the world in the field of metal processing and environment protection. We also have influential construction and food processing industries. We have recorded a progress in the areas of agricultural production, mainly in fruit and vine processing. We support permanent planting of fruit trees and vineyards. We have our Agency for Development that helps villages and towns in projects structuring. These projects are financed from the county or national budgets or from the Euro funds. Our Agency for Development is the first in the state. Seven young people work on the elaboration and realization of the project that is so important for the county. We want to be ready for great Euro funds that will come to Croatia between the years 2007 and 2013. It is one of the most important issues for us.
Our county is the establishing member of the Euro region called Mura- Drava which is the only real Euro region in this area. It includes one Croatian and two counties in Hungary. Which areas of cross-border cooperation do you focus on?
I took over the presidency in this Euro region a month ago. Our ambitions are much bigger than they used to be. Next year, I would like to get the regions in Slovenia and Austria involved in order to create one complex area of mutually bordered and interconnected counties with approximately 4 million Croatians living away from Croatia. Many of them live near the borders.
Where do you see other possibilities for the development of tourism?
There are great sources of gas in our county. A gas pipeline is being projected at the moment. Three milliard cube metres of gas will be distributed in the year 2008. There are also many geothermal springs in the depth of more than 1500 metres with hot water up to 140 degrees Celsius. Huge sources of drinkable water occur in the depth of 600 metres. So, we are building a reserve storage place for both drinkable and thermal water there so that this potential was included in the development projects for tourism and agriculture. We are realizing the project of watering of agricultural areas in the size of 300 hectares that will be watered in the year 2007. Water will be taken from the hydropower plant in Čakovec and in Dolná Dúbrava. According to the study having been elaborated by the Institute of Hrvoj Požar in Zagreb Medzimurje is also suitable for construction of wind power plants. St. Martin’s Spa is one of the five most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia. Further investments in the accommodation capacities will change the development of tourism and services in Medzimurje after the year 2010. We have the first wine path in Croatia as well. Our wines are famous for their quality not only at home but also abroad. Forty wine producers make more than 160 sorts of wine with the protected geographical origin. Extraordinary varieties of traditional meals served in our cuisine are a real inheritance and surprises everybody who comes to our country. It is worth seeing a unique scenery along the river Mura, the only one of its kind in Europe and come back to enjoy it again and again.
59.45% of inhabitants work in agriculture and animal production (it is 33.66 % in Croatia and 5% in the EU) in your county. What do you think about restructuralization of this sector?
Our county is a Croatian leader in the fields of fruit growing (55%), apple tree planting, vineyards (86% of the overall area), growing potatoes (18.3%) and feather processing (10%). We have to change the structure of our agriculture so that we had more vineyards in the highlands and farmers growing fruit and vegetables in green houses and foil houses in the lowlands. I see the other perspective in ecological and specialized production of wine, fruit, vegetables, feather processing, in the development of seeding and growing herbs where women’s work force might be involved within the program focused on the development of female entrepreneurs. However, it is very important from national point of view to join producers and farmer so they entered the market together within the offers to big trade nets and hotels. Regarding animal production, we would like to increase keeping of goats, rabbits, geese, ducks, turkeys and ostriches, to develop keeping of fishing. In terms of country tourism, we intend to support establishing of small producers of milk and cheese and labelling of traditional products with the label of our county- for instance “meat from tiblica”, cheese- turoš…
Josip Posavec (1958 in Čakovec) graduated from the Electro-Technical Faculty in Zagreb with a degree in electro-technical engineering. Nowadays, he studies in the 11th generation of students as a postgraduate MBA student. He focuses on the management of enterprises at the Faculty of Economy in Zagreb. He deals with implementation of new informational technologies in work, administration and banking systems, the management of enterprises and financial activities. He speaks English and German. He is a vise- president of the Croatian National Party and the President of Medzimurje County Organization.

The flower garden between the Mura and the Drava rivers
It is just enough to open slightly the door of the most connected corner of Croatia with Europe, in which the Alps bathe their icy fingertips in the long ago vanished Pannonian Sea. In this flower garden, kind and industrious people will greet you with a smile on their faces, a traditional tune on their lips and with a warm fragrance of traditional meals from baker’s ovens and wines from the old cellars on the sunny hills of Wine roads.
Experience the pleasures of thousands of emotions still hidden within the still rocking cradles of old handicrafts of Međimurje villages, the historic centres behind the walls of the Old Town of Čakovec, Saint Helen’s Paulist monastery in Šenkovec, the Feštetić castle in Pribislavec...in which the captured souls of our ancestors, nobles, counts and the Zrinski family knights still wander. Awake your dreams with the sun that rises from the embrace of love of the Mura and the Drava rivers, where the nature like a mother sways the rarest living creatures.
Listen to the afternoon tower bells of the baroque Saint Jerome’s church in Prelog, which call the Međimurje inhabitants from vineyards, orchards, fields, scented flowery meadows, woods and forests captured inside the belly of the rich plain.
Plunge your face in the turquoise Mura and admire the blueness of the heavenly fields that lower down the colourful rainbow ladder, which quenches its thirst under the Drava bridge. Spread the white sails on the vast surface of two blue eyes – the two lakes on the Drava river. Launch your boat to let it be carried by the wild waters of the Mura and the Drava past gold panners and rafters who fight from the old with the rivers. Throw a fishhook in a picturesque corner of nature whose morning silence is broken only by a deer’s love call.
Inhale the freshness the shade while riding a bicycle or walking along the secretive paths of the Mura woods streaked by river bends and small canals swarming with life that is hardly louder than the sound of the watermill in Žabnik.
At dusk, plunge your tired body in the water of the swimming-pools in Čakovec and Sveti Martin that once used to be healing the spirit and the wounds of the Roman soldiers who found an oasis of peace after long battles right here in Međimurje.
Enjoy the autochthonous gastronomic delicacies of our county, that we offer you with all our hearts in the warmth of small traditional restaurants and inns that you will find during your curious wandering through archaeological, historical, sports/recreational and ethnic paths and landscapes of our corner of the country.
Search Međimurje for places to invest your money into so as to increase your wealth while enjoying the beauty of our land. Let the breath of the divine beauty of our region enter every pore of your soul that will burn with the desire for returning to the unforgettable Međimurje.

Thermal Oasis Surrounded by Vineyards
Taste a mineral spring Vučkovec in Medzimurje and try an aqua park for the most demanding clients. Come and dissolve your stress, smooth your wrinkles, move your joints and fill yourself up with new energy.
www.toplicesvetimartin.hr
It is situated only 15 kilometres from Čakovec and 100 kilometres from Zagreb towards the borders with Slovenia and Hungary- the wellness oasis- the first private thermal spa in Croatia. It offers complex services. The spa is hidden in the valley surrounded by green forests and vineyard hills not far from the village of Sveti Martin na Muri which gave the spa its name. It was opened last year after a very large reconstruction.
The spa is called the oasis of beauty and inner peace. Being surrounded by a beautiful symbiosis of modern architecture and nature, everything you want is within your reach. The prices are reasonable too (A romantic weekend for two persons costs 268 EUR). There are six pools, four Jacuzzis and five water slides available. The temperature in the outdoor summer pool is between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, in the thermal spa the temperature reaches up to 35 degrees Celsius.
Helps curing rheumatic fever
The highly mineralized water was found near St Martin na Muri in 1911 when London- Budapest, the English-Hungarian company, was looking for oil and they found thermal water. Soon, villagers discovered its curing power and the first wooden pool and the first roofed building with seven baths were constructed there in 1936.
The thermal water is recommended for treatment of degenerative pain of joints and vertebra problems, inflamed joint and spine diseases (rheumatic arthritis), broken joints and diseases of muscle and tendon, wounds (consequences of sprains, fractures and tissue damages). After medical treatment, injured parts of the body are “soaked” in thermal water, thermal water massages and compresses.
Known since 1936
Drinking mineral water is sold as Medzimurje Mineral Spring Vučkovec. It does not contain a lot of calcium, magnesium and sulphates. The spa offers not only medical treatment but also various kinds of entertainment and facilities. You can visit a beauty salon, hairdresser, Turkish and Finnish saunas, Indian, Mediterranean, Arabic massages, aromatherapy, fitness, you can taste regional dishes in the restaurant Vučkovec, use small conference rooms for workshops, a night bar to enjoy night life. The spa is expected to become a spa with the widest choice of services in Croatia. Croatian radio and television in cooperation with the Croatian economic chamber awarded the spa the prize for the best and the most arranged spa in the year 2005.

Medimurje wine road
It s time of returning to primordial natural and traditional worths. Winszs at Medimurje wine road are essence of selected gifts given by preserved nature, forming through centuries in top-level harmony of bouquet. Value of the Upper Medimurje’s gentle hills for cultivation of the vine were already discovered by the ‘Romans and it’s established towns Stridon and tlalicanum. In the following centuries, noblemans, no matter if they were from Croatian, german or hungarian origin, were exceptionally appreciate it’s land’s at these hills; they gladly keep visited into courts, manors over own’s vineyards, and they make honour to noble vine by constructing chapels and churches consecrated to wine-growers saints: St.Juraj, St.Orban, St. Jeronim and St.Martin. ‘Cause of this faet, every sort of wine You will test at Medimurje wine road, have it’s own legend and history. Legend whieh origin is from ancient times, and sometimes till the last frost whieh was decisive for so-called icy grape-gathering. We beleive that a combination of the enjoyment in moslavac, grasevina, muskat, rizling, pinot, suvignon, traminac, chardonay, and other top-level sort of wines, anddelights of gastronomic offer wraping of tradition and autochthonous, with open-hearted of the householders will be unforgetable experience that you’ll back into and to discover a few more wine and it’s legend.

The first Mill on Mura
In Žabnik near Sveti Martin na Muri a floating river mill started to work again . The official opening was held on Friday, 28 April 2006 without a ceremony, for about hundred years ago there were no festive suits, speeches, cutting ribbons. Other then her beauty and cultural and natural diversity, the River Mura has been specific for its mills and milling. In the previous centuries, there had been many mills working on the river Mura.
Ancient sources, dating back to the 4th century B.C., already had writings about mills on the Mura. Expressions about milling in Hungarian language prove that Hungarian tribes had during inhabiting of these areas in 9th century interwoven use of mills on water drive in their culture, and with that, the expressions of milling technology from already settled Slavs.
Mills on the Mura were set in old times on trunks which bound the two rafters. It was a processed oak tree trunk, long over twelve meters and wide about two meters. Upper side of the trunk was softened with fire, so that the trough could be cut in for the placement of the shaft – a wide circle made of four parts, on which small blades were fastened.
At the end of 19th century, pictures showed the improvement of the medieval carpenter technique considering trimmed boards that formed boats that carried driving devices on the river. Milling was especially developed in the first half of the 20th century. It was recorded that on the river Mura from Lapšina to Podturen in the twenties of the 20th century about 90 mills were active, in the sixties about 11 mills, and in the eighties, the destiny of the last mill which was situated near Žabnik in Municipality Sveti Martin na Muri, was sealed. With disappearance of mills, traditional trades connected to building and maintenance of above mentioned objects, manufacturing wooden driving and transit mill mechanism elements, manufacturing roofs made of wooden shingles, carving ornaments on gables, manufacturing wooden milling tools, vanquished.
Naturally, interest in trade of millers on floating mills has died away. In Croatia, not even one mill has been preserved, and in the entire Panon Valley, there are only two complete reconstructions, in Slovenia and Austria.

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The Lake of Good Hope
The Spa of Hévíz is visited mostly by people suffering from the rheumatic fever as well as women with gynaecological problems. It has been a commercial spa for more than two hundred years. Mineral water helps to cure digestion disorders and gums.
Do you long for relaxing swimming or bathing in the thermal lake? You must visit Hévíz situated in West Hungary. The town has a population of five thousand people. It is only 185 kilometres far from Bratislava (210 km from Budapest, 180 km from Vienna and 135 km from Zagreb). It is one of the most famous and biggest spas in Hungary. It is placed in the picturesque valley about six kilometres from the south?-?west tip of Balaton and its tourist centre called Keszthely. Hevíz Lake, which is the biggest in Europe, offers not only therapeutic properties of the spa but also the total regeneration of every cell in your body.
“Curing power of this world famous spring, beautiful dark red water roses and traditional Hungarian hospitability?-?that is Hévíz,” one will say about the lake which is 36 metres deep and spreads on the area of 4.7 hectares as well as about services provided by various hotels, pensions and tourist centres around.
Mathias Bel mapped a warm spring
The name Hévíz means “following warm spring”. Mathias Bel, a well-known Hungarian polymath of the Slovak origin, was the first scientist who mapped the lake and its surrounding very thoroughly in 1731. Sixty- four years later (in 1795), Stjepan Festetič, Croatian Earl, had the first roofed wooden spa built around the spring in the lake crater. It was predominantly for aristocrats and middle classes of that time but also for the first patients suffering from the rheumatic fever. However, no written documents have been discovered yet to prove that the water from the lake had been used for medical purposes before. On the other hand, we cannot ignore this possibility as “hévízek” was a favourite place during Turkish occupation of Hungary, especially for border guards who suffered from arthritis.
86 million litres per day
86 million litres of water flow from the same spring into the lake every day, which provides the total and natural exchange of water in it every 28 hours. Geothermal energy heats the water. In summer, the temperature reaches between 33 and 35 degrees Celsius, in winter from 26 to 28 degrees. The temperature falls down to 22 degrees only if the air temperature goes down to minus 22 degrees Celsius. The water is a bit radioactive; it contains magnesium, potassium and sulphur. There is a 50-hectare wood around the lake. The cloud of steam floating above the lake makes an unusual view- high vaporization influences the climate of the wider environment around the lake. The mud from its bottom consists of organic substances (50 per cent) which are full of iodine and estrogens. You can see the similar natural wonder only in New Zealand, on the northern Island of Rotorua. However, it is not possible to swim in it as the temperature is quite high.
Spa and drinking cures
The mutual influence of temperature and chemical contents of the lake, air, radioactivity and microclimate are beneficial to spa visitors. St Andrew’s State Hospital, which was built on the bank of the lake, accepts both Hungarian and foreign patients. The recommended spa treatment should take between 14 and 21 days. It helps mostly those with joints and other rheumatic illnesses, extremities and spine diseases as well as women with gynaecological problems. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to patients with heart disorders. Moreover, drinking cure is advised to heal digestion and gum problems. Particularly, a few- meter- thick – grey- and- brown mud layer has the beneficial and curing effect. It is used for mud wrappings and its dry form is exported. Many patients consider Hévíz Lake “the Lake of Good Hope”.
Children´s Zone will be built
Almost two thousand people visit the lake and its indoor pools every day. Apart from Hungarian visitors, there are many guests from Germany, Austria and India, but fewer from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Services and medical treatment are of a very high standard. As tourists´ interest in the thermal lake is continuously increasing, reconstruction works have been initiated around. After two years, the construction of a new sanatorium with a big glass area, a new curing and therapeutic centre and new changing rooms on the banks of the lake will be completed this autumn. There will be a children zone with a swimming pool and a playground at the back. You will find many restaurants, pubs, confectionery and cafés with delicious specialities and also “csardas” (Csarda is a kind of a Hungarian restaurant where specialities of Hungarian cuisine are served) with authentic gypsy music, a wine cellar including wine tasting. There are also many other tourist attractions such as Festetič Castle in Keszthelyi and the ruins of the castle in Sümeg and Szigliget. And of course, it is worth visiting natural beauties of nearby Balaton.

Mediterranean Spa
The Hotel NaturMed Carbona, a four star hotel in Hévíz, provides any hotel guest with almost everything one desires for. It is proud of its thermal pool which makes you feel as if you lived at the olden Roman times. It is waiting for the first visitors from Slovakia.

Water Wonder of Europe
You will pay 146 EURO for two nights in a double room including half board and various wellness facilities. A two-week- stay costs 1000 EURO per person.
www.europafit.hu
The four-star exclusive Europa Fit Hotel offers pleasant atmosphere and harmony of your body and soul. It is situated in the green area of the town of Hevíz and only 400 metres from the thermal lake. It is suitable for spa treatment, honeymoon, relaxation and curing stays, family holidays and accommodation for the most demanding clients.
Easily accessible sporting areas, a spa and relaxing procedures in the object, a quiet and peaceful surrounding, a wide choice of services and facilities right in the hotel, facilities for families with children, a high standard and exclusivity. You can enjoy a few-days stay and treat your exhausted body and fill it up with new energy: stay in thermal waters, have fun with your children in the Acapulco adventure bath, relax in a whirlpool, detoxify your body in a hot sauna, have a massage with aromatic oils, spoil your skin and complexion in the Beauty Centre and Wellness Gyongy and the highlight is the buffet table full of delicious dishes.

Golf Beauty
Birland Golf Club which is placed in the popular Bük-fürdö Thermal Spa in the west of Hungary. This club is celebrating its 15th anniversary. It is one of the first clubs founded in Hungary and in Central Europe. It includes a wellness, golf and conference hotel (Wellness and Resort Park with the capacity of 208 rooms). The neighbouring Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts is its strategic partner. It is available for all the members and guests of the club for professional and amateur players as well as beginners.

Families will like it
Gránit, a well-known spa in Zalakaros, is mostly visited by Germans and Austrians. However, the prices are quite reasonable for Slovaks, Czechs and Poles, too.
www.furdo-zalakaros.hu
Zalakaros is situated about 25 kilometres far from Balaton. It is a smaller town with only 1500 inhabitants. The town became popular after the year 1962 when the thermal spring with the temperature of 95 degrees Celsius was discovered while searching for oil. Its water initiated the construction of the state spa in Hungary- Gránit Gyógyfürdő, a. s.; nowadays, it is the most developing and dynamic spa in the country. It has the capacity of 10 000 visitors daily. There are curing, thermal, entertaining, sport indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a roofed aqua park with many attractions available. This spa is the first in Hungary with its services suitable for all members of the family- grandparents, parents and children.
Zalakaros, the curing water of a high quality, is placed in the area of Gránit. Extraordinary and a bit radioactive water comes out of the spring. It contains a great amount of sodium chloride, hydro carbonate, iodide, bromine and sulphur. It is rather suitable for healing a rheumatic fever, chronic muscles inflammation, chronic women diseases, and orthopaedic disorders (for physiotherapy before and after surgery) and disorders of vegetative neurological system.
Two Kinds of Admission
A roofed spa with curing procedures, a medical centre and an aqua park are open non-stop. The thermal spa is open from May 1st to September 30th. You can use the tickets you have bought to enter all the pools and swimming pool facilities (As long as it is open.) as well as the roofed spa, changing rooms and water blocks. The medical centre and the aqua park can be used with a ticket of a higher price and with a bracelet with a code which enables you to use a summer swimming pool and a roofed spa. The price includes the admittance to the sauna and to use toboggans in the aqua park area.
Curing Procedures
There is a large scale of curing procedures for sick people. Obviously, it is supervised by doctors. Hydrotherapeutic procedures include Jacuzzi with carbonic acid, four chamber galvanizing procedures or massages with water streams under water (tangentor). There is a wide range of electrotherapy – nerves stimulation by using electricity, ultrasound and a magnetic ring. If the weather is good, guests can do some exercises with a qualified trainer in the natural pool in the park. Apart from exercises under water, you can choose either individual or group exercising. Get a massage and you will indulge yourselves even more. Many visitors enjoy reflex massage, various mud and other wrappings. Those who prefer demanding bathing can enjoy the water of Zalakaros in the medical centre, in the sitting healing pool and in the Jacuzzi and thermal water.
Entertaining Aqua Park
Apart from treatment of ill people, the spa is a suitable place for wellness and fitness so you can relax in the entertaining aqua park. It consists of a roofed hall, a pool with attractions, a children’s pool and a multipurpose swimming pool. There is a pool of an irregular shape with ten various attractions which will make every guest feel good. One can try the power of massages by using a stream of water, a Jacuzzi, a mushroom shaped water sprinkler or a stream. All sauna lover will love Finnish, aromatic, light-therapeutic saunas as well as a steam sauna.
Children’s Water World
The roofed children’s pool with attractions helps children to puddle and play in water merrily. The stream of water coming from the bucket that keeps turning up side down will make many little visitors wet. Moreover, a small slide, a waterfall and a mushroom shaped water sprinkler are available for young visitors. “The black hole” with its unusual atmosphere is the most popular with little ones. There is a Children’s corner with toys and the TV room in the roofed hall.
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