Members of parliament and parliamentary groups have submitted 94 amendments to the 2016 draft budget, of which those from the opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) are worth nearly HRK 600 million.

Five groups, led by the national minorities group, propose taking HRK 3.8 million from the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) and allocating it for minority cultural autonomy programmes.

The Hrid party and Hungarian minority MP Sandor Juhas propose taking HRK 4 million from the National Security Council Office and allocating it for primary and secondary school pupils. They also propose taking HRK 40 million from the Finance Ministry, SOA and the Operational Technology Centre for the Surveillance of Telecommunications and reallocating it for science and research.

Human Shield MP Ivan Sincic proposes slashing the HRK 62.8 million allocation for political parties to HRK 28.2 million and reallocating it for ecological farming. The Bridge party, the Croatian Social Liberal Party and the BUZ pensioners party propose slashing the allocation for political parties by HRK 15 million and redirecting it for the Croatian Science Foundation.

MPs of the Social Democratic Party propose slashing the budget of the president's office as well as the government.

The HNS proposed 19 amendments worth HRK 585 million, including HRK 62.9 million for towns and municipalities, HRK 90 million for the industrial strategy and HRK 15 million for enterprise.

The regional HDSSB party has requested HRK 12 million more for irrigation, HRK 100 million more for the pan-European Corridor Vc and HRK 50 million for the Podravina main road.

Tihomir Jakovina of the SDP has requested HRK 20 million more for farmers, and slashing the budget for the Office of the Commission for Relations with Religious Communities by HRK 20 million to HRK 528,000.

The BM 365 party has requested HRK 55 million more for war veterans by taking HRK 7.8 million from the budget for political parties and HRK 47 million for energy and the KBC Zagreb hospital.

(EUR 1 = HRK 7.56)

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