Bridge, SDP to continue discussing exclusive economic zone

Bridge, an alliance of independent slates, and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its coalition on Thursday held negotiations on the electoral system and the declaration of an exclusive economic zone in the Adriatic, and the two sides' negotiators said that the latter would be still on the agenda.

SDP official Arsen Bauk said he believed that the positive things from the current electoral system, such as proportional representation and equal territorial representation through electoral districts, should be kept and that other corrections might also be discussed in negotiations which should also involve the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union).

Regarding the Exclusive Economic Zone, we have exchanged our opinions and shown Croatia's international obligations. We will continue discussing this, Bauk said.

Bridge negotiator Robert Podolnjak said that this reformist party would insist on the curtailment of entitlements of office-holders, including parliamentary deputies.

We want to do it at the first regular session of the parliament. We also want to reduce the number of MPs, Podolnjak said. Currently, Croatia's legislature comprises 151 deputies.

Bridge also expects the overhaul of the local election system and giving more importance to preferential voting.

We find it very important to ensure transparency in decision making and the institute of the right to access to information, he said.

The Bridge representative said this party, that emerged third in the 8 November parliamentary elections, expected the SDP and the HDZ to respond to Bridge's proposals in writing.

Then we shall establish how much our positions are similar or identical, Podolnjak said.

Asked by the press what Bridge would tell President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at the forthcoming consultations on the prime minister-designate, he said this would be decided by Bridge's National Council and elected MPs.

Slaven Dobrovic, who was Bridge's negotiator on the EEZ in the Adriatic, said that there was not enough time but explanations had been given, including why Croatia had not yet declared the full application of the Protected Ecological and Fisheries Zone to all UN member-states, the same way Italy had done for its side of the Adriatic.

We will be given answers in writing, he added.

Bridge MP Ines Strenja-Linic refuted interpretations that this party was in favour of privatising the healthcare system. "We are absolutely against the privatisation of healthcare, as stated in our proposals," she said.

Last update: Thu, 26/11/2015 - 16:18
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