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Croatian Eco Plants - founded an Eco-Cluster!

On September 16, 2011, the Day of Open Doors was held, jointly organized by two eco-companies- EcoCortec and Eco Vrelo. The event took place inside of the facilities in Beli Manastir. The board was very pleased to host a large number of guests, among whom were business partners from Croatia and Europe, as well as relevant entrepreneurs and representatives of local and regional governments.

On this occasion, the Charter establishing the Eco-cluster was signed, by the co-founders of the two companies, with support of the City of Beli Manastir. The Charter was signed by, Boris Miksic, CEO of EcoCortec, Nevenka Topic, co-owner and director of Eco Vrelo,and the Mayor of Beli Manastir, Ivan Dobos.They expressed their hope that in the near future other companies that are environmentally conscious will join them. The goal of Eco-cluster is the promotion of environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable packaging and natural organic juices.After the opening speeches and signing ceremony, the management took the guests on a tour of the facilities followed by a presentation of current corporate actions and future plans.

Boris Miksic with wife Ines and EcoCortec team.

Boris Miksic pointed out that this regional area needs this kind of cluster, which focuses on ecological, organic production and export.- 'We are in a full production for already four years, we have completed a second phase of expansion in which we have invested 3.5 million kunas, and soon we will build a new production hall in size of 5,000 square meters which will enable us to become one of the largest manufacturers of biodegradable plastics in Europe' - said Mr. Miksic, adding that in ecology, there is a synergy. Eko Vrelo will have their eco-friendly products packed in our biodegradable packaging and we will use the samples produced in Eco Vrelo.

What brings these two plants together is definitely the export-oriented, organic production as well as investments in new technologies, using environmentally friendly products which can become a Croatian brand and greatly increase the image of Croatia throughout Europe and worldwide. They are characterized by strong vision of the investment, which followed by top patents, guarantees success in the global market. The founders of the cluster are also hoping to also be supported by state government, because such economical projects are greatly needed in Croatia.

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Rotten Croatian Politics

WikiLeaks has made public some secret diplomatic documents of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, which describe a shameless fraud of the Croatian people by those who were chosen to represent them. It is no doubt that leading Croatian politicians in the first decade of the 21st century have deceived their voters. Diplomatic documents claim that Ivo Sanader  betrayed everything he said in his famous speech in Split, even before he came to power. 

Great Prime minister - Sanader

Just four days before he would become a prime minister, he had a phone conversation with Carla del Ponte, where he promised her to fully cooperate with Hague tribunal. This was the completely opposite of all the promises that he made publicly, and meant that he was willing to hand over Croatian generals to a tribunal in Hague.
In order to deceive the public in Croatia about the essence of Sanader's politics, cooperation of all the factors was required in hiding the truth. This meant involving another 'great' and 'decent' Croat, Miomir Zuzul. Zuzul has requested a guarantee from head of the Office of the Hague Tribunal- Thomas Osorio,that Croatian public will not find out about the agreement.
Carla del Ponte, during one of visit to Croatia in 2003, met with Mesic and Racan, and talked to representatives of the embassies accredited in Zagreb. On this occasion Del Ponti gave them information that a year ago President Stjepan Mesic told her that he had personally seen general Gotovina in Zagreb, under the police escort!

Mesic today, of course, is 'astonished', about this statement made by Ponte. However, it is interesting that no one ever throughout the years has denied these claims. Although the content of the conversation with representatives of the embassies could not remain secret to Croatian officials.
It's probably not necessary to explain what kind of the effect did the claim that 'Ante Gotovina is strolling through Zagreb', made by the President of the Republic, have on foreign representatives. There is probably no greater evidence of the corrupted and dishonest politics,  but when the President itself appears as a witness that the government of his country is lying.
After all that's been exposed, the question that naturally arises is; what role in all this has Jadranka Kosor. And not just in the events that were mentioned on WikiLeaks, but also today. The question that arises is; how come Croatian government continues to generously finance the Office of the former president, when the chief editor of Vjesnik newspapers, that is under the direct control of  the government, Bruno Lopandic, explains in details how Stjepan Mesic had damaged the country, only in the aspect of policy concerning Libya.

A strange and unprincipled Kosor- Mesic coalition, actually has a long history. It must be remembered that it was Jadranka Kosor who was HDZ's presidential candidate assigned just to cede second presidential term to Mesic. Her work in favor of Mesic, Jadranka Kosor did during the campaign so well that danger occurred,  that instead of her, the runner in second round of Presidential elections will be Boris Miksic. The difference in votes was so tight that the doubts about the set up have never been removed. The aim was to put into a second round of elections a person that could surely be defeated by Mesic.

The illusion of democracy

The question that should be asked is; What is the purpose of an election process in Croatia? What do people choose when they are so shamelessly deceived and manipulated, as it reveals WikiLeaks? What's the point of the illusion of the democracy when the political affairs in Croatia are being resolved on  levels that are not available to public eye.
Someone recently said that any real change in Croatia will be able to take place only when Stjepan Mesic is left without office, or at least one member of the "left" political establishment finally ends up in jail. Everything else only indicates that Croatia is ruled exactly the same, as it has been ruled before the first democratic elections, when democracy was practiced in a system of one-party rule.

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Boris Miksic shares his experience

Boris Miksic sharing his experience with young engineers at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture

Boris Miksic, CEO of Cortec Corporation held a presentation at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Mr. Miksic, CEO of Cortec Corporation as one of Croatia most successful businessmen and candidate for Croatian Parliamentary Elections 2011 was invited to give lecture to students and professors about how to build a world class company and have fun in life.

U novom uredu: Boris i Ines Mikšić, prof. dr. sc. Ivan Juraga, direktorica EcoCortec-a Ivana Radić Boršić i Ana Juraga.

Mr Miksic accompanied by wife Ines and mother Nina, with Dean Ivan Juraga

After an introductory speech of Faculty Dean, Ivan Juraga, Mr. Miksic as a former student of this University has advised current students on numerous subjects like starting a business, facing various challenges, as well as on trends in the industry, market positioning, and implementing acquired knowledge in practice. After presentation, constructive discussion was led on a wide range of topics, among other things about economical situation today in Croatia and the world. Numerous students gathered, asked Mr. Miksic questions about possibilities for engineers in Croatia and abroad, wanting to know what were the most important factors for his success. They also wanted to know about future plans concerning his political career. Boris Miksic especially emphasised the importance of product innovations for future engineers, he stated that hard devoted work, determination and creative ideas are among key factors for success and good placement on the market. After the presentation Mr.Miksic held a signing ceremony, regarding his book American Dream: a guy from Croatia.

U novom uredu: Boris i Ines Mikšić, prof. dr. sc. Ivan Juraga, direktorica EcoCortec-a Ivana Radić Boršić i Ana Juraga.

Boris Miksic sharing his experience with young engineers

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National Geographic Around The World Expedition


National Geographic Around The World Expedition

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Boris crosses the equator, and is baptized as a Galapagos Shellback


Galapagos Shellback certificate ...

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To My Father

My father Boris Miksic is running for President of Croatia. I could not be prouder and inspired by his commitment to peace, health care, equality,a flourishing global economy and change. I am born and raised in United States but I speak fluent Croatian, my father installed the love for Croatia at an early age. Boris Miksic is the right man for the economy and stability for Croa ...

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BORIS MIKSIC: "I am The Right Man for the Job of Croatia's President"

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Croatian Obama In Love In Countryside


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The Right and Honest Man for a Better Croatia - Boris Miksic, Presidential Candidate

Take part in the upcoming elections - When you vote for Boris Miksic you are voting for:

  • a stronger Croatian economy, an entrepreneurial environment and leadership
  • a determined fight against corruption and organized crime
  • the assurance of legal rights and safety as a foundation of democratic society
  • a social and just Croatia
  • the preservation of Croatia's natural and national strategic assets
  • the restoration of dignity to Croatia's retired and elderly, Croatian defenders, and all citizens of Croatia
  • joining the EU under Croatia's terms
  • a new leader with new ideas and a clear vision
  • unselfish support to Croatians in BiH and Croatian diaspora

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Today when we have joined North-Atlantic Organization, many in Croatia are taking credit for this success saying how this is a result of their hard work. In my book “American dream – a guy from Croatia” it is clearly stated how the Croatian journey to join NATO has started and who promoted and initiated the idea of Croatia joining the Alliance.

Knowing how important it was for Croatia to join the “Partnership for peace” program, already in 1996 I actively worked on starting cooperation between Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Army which I successfully concluded. The same year I have organized visit of generals Andreotti, LeBlanc and other officers of Minnesota National Guard to Croatian Army. This visit promoted further cooperation and training programs of Croatian officers in Minnesota. Among others, it was my pleasure to host general Gotovina during his visit to Minnesota.

Our main goal is not Croatia’s dominant military position in the region, but creation of balance with Serbia and Russia, and US can help us at that, being the major military force in the world. Cooperation with Minnesota National Guard has its tactical nature including engineering projects, bridge building, communications, logistic, military medicine etc. This cooperation is considered as a first step towards strategic cooperation, meaning Croatia joining the NATO.  Cooperation between Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Army was very successful, it is still ongoing and became a model for other countries candidates for NATO. Many friendships, even Croatian-American marriages were created during this time, which only contributes more to the better bonding and success of the future joint projects.

General Andreotti and Minnesota National Guard officers in their first visit to Croatia, 1996.

I have been working on behalf of my homeland for a decade as Honorary Consul General in Minnesota, a position bestowed upon me on July 4th, 1995 by president Tudjman for my humanitarian and otherwise assistance to Croatia. In September 1995. the first Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Croatia in the United States was established in Minnesota. The office was located at Cortec’s headquarters in White Bear Lake. Consulate worked to promote all aspects of Croatia, from travel and cultural activities to trade and investment opportunities.


Boris Mikšić
Zastupnik Gradske Skupštine
Grad Zagreb

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Cortec Corp. leader considering run at Croatian presidency

Source: Shoreview Press, January 2009

by Nicholas Backus
Contributing Writer
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:43 AM CST

NORTH OAKS — Resident Boris Miksic has amassed millions from his White Bear Township business Cortec Corp.

Now, he said all he wants to do is give back to his country of Croatia — as its president.

If he runs for the office in 2009, it won’t be the first time. The 60-year-old Zagreb native lost out to then-incumbent Stjepan (Stipe) Mesic in his first attempt in 2004/2005, in an election he says involved foul play. Exit polls and other reports leading up to the election had him coming in second, and because Mesic had less than 50 percent of the vote, Croatian law would have entered Miksic into a final two-person presidential runoff. But later polls showed him in third, and in the end he was two percentage points away from the runoff.

One reason, he said, is that his opponents counted votes from people who had died but were never discounted.

“I will be campaigning around cemeteries next time,” he joked.

There may or may not be a next time. He said he doesn’t want to think about that decision for another six months, partly because he’s worried about what he considers a corrupt system and an unfair game.

“Corruption is the number one problem right now (in Croatia,)” said Miksic, who has dual-citizenship. “I have difficulty with the electorate system over there. I don't think it is a fair place all the way up to the constitutional court. Sometimes, it feels like I'm spinning my wheels trying to overcome this unfair playing field.

“Politicians who have ways to manipulate the elections will be the prevailing decision.”

Political and business success

Miksic immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 with only $37 in his pocket. A few years later he founded Cortec out of his garage in Hugo; the manufacturer of anti-corrosion products now has offices across the globe and annual sales of about $50 million.

But he never gave up his interest in the politics of his homeland, serving as honorary consul general (promoting trade between the U.S. and Croatia) in 1995 and running unsuccessfuly for the Croatian Parliament in 2003.

According to his 1996 biography “American Dream: A Guy From Croatia” (Cortec Corp.) the idea of running for president was planted in 1995 by his friend, former Minnesota governor Rudy Perpich. At first Miksic was skeptical of the idea because he was busy running Cortec, but almost 10 years later “the idea took hold.” In the fall of 2004 he returned to Croatia to conduct his first campaign.

“The motivation for me is very simple,” Miksic said. “I have to go back to my roots and do something good.

“I never intended to return to Yugoslavia (now Croatia,)” he noted in his biography. “In those days it was unthinkable that Communism would ever collapse, that the Berlin Wall would fall, that Yugolavia would come apart at the seams and Croatia would again be free.”

Since 2005 he has served on the Zagreb City Council, a board he considers “the second most important parliament in Croatia.” He spends about a week each month in Croatia taking care of related responsibilities. He said he has helped negotiate for several area projects in the city of about 685,500, including a new airport, a new major hospital on a scale with the Mayo Clinic and a new convention center which collectively cost about a billion euroes and will provide abuot 20,000 jobs.

Still, he laments that he cannot influence things like foreign policy, exports and the country’s 12 percent unemployment rate. And he considers President Mesic to be incapable.

“The politicians over there are from Communist times,” he said.

To run or not to run

If Miksic runs again in 2009, he said he would change a few things on his platform, including the fact that he was initially euro-skeptic, or opposed to the process of further European intergration. At this point, Croatia is on the verge of joining the European Union.

He said he’ll continue to act as an independent candidate in the middle of both leftists and rightists, working with them both. He wants to be a new face, a candidate free from corruption — since he already has money and the means to fund his own campaigning.

He said he dreams of a Croatia whose independence in development of new technologies will make it less subject to globalization. His priority : improving the economy, a platform for which he used the campaign slogan “When the economy breathes, the society blossoms.”

He said his business and life experiences would likely help him once in office.

“As a businessman I can do certain things for my employees and for a narrow community,” Miksic said. “But as a politician I can influence a lot of good things for a whole country.”

If he opts to run, Miksic will have only about 30 days to convince Croatians to vote for him, as the country’s presidential candidates can publicly campaign for only a month before the actual election.

“These 23 percent of the popular vote would probably vote for me again,” he said. “Ninety-five percent of the people in Croatia know who I am. I have been exposed in the media almost too much ... sometimes people get allergic to it.”

After his 2004 loss, a large group of his supporters rallied in the streets of Zagreb in protest. Later, Miksic lost two appeals against his displacement in Croatia’s supreme court.

A second opinion

Ivanica Schrunk, a University of St. Thomas history adjunct professor who is from Zagreb, recalls the 2004 campaign when Miksic originally wanted to bring change to Croatia. She said she’s unsure if Miksic could gain a big enough vote to win the Croatian presidency in 2009.

“(People who run for change) are not excluded from elections,” Schrunk said. “But my feelings say that it is harder for someone who has been out of the country to convince people.”

She compared Croatia’s 2004 presidential race to the current Minnesota Senate race.

“Coleman is saying things were unfair,” she said. “Unless one can prove that something was done wrong, perception is what point of view you have. People who lose feel like it is much more unfair than people who win.”

Some sources say Miksic lost his second-place status in the election due to votes cast by Croatian citizens in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Schrunk said she doesn’t feel Croatia is more corrupt politically than any other nation.

“It is an open democratic country,” she said. “I wouldn't say it has corruption on a high scale. It (corruption) exists like it exists everywhere.”

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Sporazum s Hrvatskom!

Contract with Croatia

American Dream: A Guy From Croatia


American Dream: A Guy From Croatia

"With $37 in our pockets and much apprehension in our hearts, we flew toward our future. We had no time to think what lay ahead because the future conies to soon anyhow."

American Dream: A Guy From Croatia is the exciting saga of a man who fled his home country with nothing but change in his pockets and built a successful company with determination and guts in America. It's a story of business savvy and risk taking that will arouse the entrepreneurial spirit in every reader.

"When he arrived in the United States, Boris Miksic brought along energy, intelligence and determination. But also a dream. He was the Croatian gift to America. Today, as a successful entrepreneur, he is the American gift to Croatia."

— Governor Rudy Perpich


Movie: When the Dead Vote


When the Dead Vote, Filmmind & Capistrano in cooperation with PBS

Movie: How to Kill Miksic


How to kill Miksic, spaghetti western movie by Z Television

Around the World by Private Jet


Our around the World Expedition by the National Geographic Society

Galapagos Islands


Our Galapagos Expedition by National Geography Society

Plaeno vlastitim sredstvima Borisa Mikia