Bridge party unveils reform demands for judiciary and entrepreneurship

The reformist Bridge party on Tuesday unveiled its demands relating to the reform of the judiciary and entrepreneurship, which it has presented in talks with the centre-left and centre-right coalitions on the formation of government.

In its talks with the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led Croatia Is Growing coalition and the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) Patriotic Coalition, Bridge has offered "solutions and guidelines with time frames" for each area of reform.

In its guidelines for the development of the judiciary in 2016-2018, the party insists on considerable acceleration of the work of the courts in the first quarter of 2016, while in the second quarter it expects increased transparency and independence in the courts' work and protection of debtors living in foreclosed property.

More resolute computerisation and streamlining of businesses should be carried out by the third quarter next year, and the structure of the State Judicial Council should be changed in 2017.

In the guidelines for the development of entrepreneurship, Bridge proposes a review of pre-bankruptcy settlement deals and of the method of creditor protection over the next two years. It recommends abolishing dividend tax, reviewing the aid system for entrepreneurs and launching a central website for entrepreneurs.

In 2017, prices of energy should be the same for both legal and natural persons, loans should be made available without a foreign currency clause, contributions and levies should be reviewed and unnecessary ones abolished.

Also in 2017, all payments to the state should be centralised through a single account and the amount of wage contributions should be fixed for net wages of up to 5,000 kuna.

Bridge also proposes scrapping the mandatory membership fee for the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts.

Last update: Tue, 17/11/2015 - 15:55

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