Plenkovic says HDZ must prepare for parliamentary polls in time

Member of the European Parliament Andrej Plenkovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the only party member who has announced that he will run for party president so far, said on Tuesday he applauded the decisions the party Presidency made yesterday regarding preparations for an early parliamentary election.

Speaking to Croatian reporters in Brussels, Plenkovic said it was very important that the HDZ prepared for the parliamentary polls in time as well as for the election of its new president before that.

Asked if it would be democratic if he were the only candidate for HDZ president, Plenkovic said he was for democratisation but that he could not force anyone to participate in intra-party elections.

Plenkovic said he was ready for public duels with political opponents during the parliamentary election campaign. He said the HDZ's campaign would be based on key issues for Croatian citizens - the economy, social issues, and better utilisation of European Union membership.

He said the HDZ worked on a "very detailed programme" with the Bavarian IFO institute before last year's parliamentary election "and I think that now it's the time to update that programme and see, in cooperation with our partners in the European People's Party, what the best solutions for Croatia in 2016 are."

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 22:23

More from Croatia

Croatia needs more investment in oncology

Croatia allocated only 16 euros for oncology per capita per year and more investments in new treatment technologies...

Speaker slams MPs for nonattendance of sessions

Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party has said that it is unacceptable for him that members of...

HDZ deputy chief says will prepare new graduate thesis

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Deputy President and Deputy Parliament Speaker Milijan Brkic has said in an...

Dubrovnik prepares "food-groaning table" to mark tourist season's end

A 120-metre-long table full with various dishes was set up along Dubrovnik's landmark street Stradun on Sunday to...

Police solve situation involving deranged man outside HRT

The Zagreb police confirmed on Sunday afternoon that a mentally imbalanced man with a hand grenade had come to the...