The Bridge party of independent slates on Monday said that they were satisfied that parliament had been inaugurated in a constructive tone today despite "some unpleasantness" which they had "become accustomed to," announcing that changes would start from them personally and that they would insist on a reduction of parliamentary salaries and privileges.
Parliament was inaugurated on Monday and elected Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) MP Zeljko Reiner as speaker.
"We supported academician (Zeljko) Reiner as the Patriotic Coalition's candidate and now we are starting the process of forming a government headed by (Tihomir) Oreskovic and we have full confidence in his expertise and experience. Cooperation with the Patriotic Coalition will last as long as reforms are implemented according to a predetermined road map," Bridge said.
"Apart from being a guarantor of the implementation of announced reforms, we will work on preventing any criminal or dishonourable activities that have occurred over the past twenty years during the rule of the two major parties. We will not allow that any people with a suspicious past or under investigation become part of the government," Bridge said.
"Just like in any other process of change, the most honest thing is to start from oneself. We will insist on reducing salaries and privileges for MPs. We know that these amounts cannot be crucial for reducing the public debt or the budget deficit, but we consider that to be a moral act heralding changes and reforms in the Republic of Croatia," Bridge underscored.
The proposal announced by Parliament Speaker Reiner to change parliament's name to the Croatian National Parliament had not been agreed with Bridge, but Bridge considers this to be unimportant with regard to more important reforms and moves that are awaiting the Croatian government, the party said.