Bridge and HDZ: It was a misunderstanding

After Parliament adjourned on Friday because the opposition and members of the ruling Bridge party walked out of the chamber, leaving the meeting without a quorum, Bridge MP Ines Strenja Linic and Gordan Jandrokovic of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) addressed reporters saying that it was a misunderstanding and a failure in communication.

The opposition and Bridge MPs walked out of the Parliament chamber because the HDZ would not put the report on the activities of the Croatian National Bank (HNB) in 2014 to a vote.

"It was a little misunderstanding which we have cleared up," Strenja Linic said after a meeting of her party's parliamentary group, adding that in the end Bridge always comes to an agreement with its partner in government.

She said that Bridge wanted the annual report on the HNB to be put to a vote and the State Auditor to be allowed to conduct an audit at the HNB as is the case in Western countries. "We have reached an agreement and the session of Parliament will resume next week."

Strenja Linic did not specify when the vote would take place.

"This was an omission of a communication and organisational nature rather than of a political nature. As of next week we will certainly improve the level of our communication and organisation," Jandrokovic said. "It is irrelevant who is to blame, what is important is to find solutions. Believe me, the situation will be better as of next week," he said, when asked who was to blame for the misunderstanding.

When asked if Bridge would support the proposed 2016 budget, Strenja Linic said that her party was studying the document and would decide about it after a debate next week.

HDZ MP Ivan Suker said: "Our government has endorsed the budget and we will all endorse it."

Last update: Fri, 11/03/2016 - 18:29

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