Former president's office to be closed down on May 1

The Croatian government on Wednesday forwarded to parliament amendments to a law governing the special rights of former presidents of the republic under which as of May 1 former president Stjepan Mesic would no longer have a permanent right to his own office, personal driver and official car "due to the current economic situation", however, he would keep the right to physical protection, to be paid for from the state budget. 

Under the current law, Mesic is entitled to permanently exercise these rights as a former president, while other presidents after him may enjoy these rights for a maximum five years.

The government has now proposed that his office be closed down.

Public Administration Minister Dubravka Jurlina Alibegovic said the proposed amendments were appropriate considering the current economic situation in the country, particularly taking into consideration the fact that Mesic's office had not published any report on its activities that would justify its financing.

The proposed measure is expected to save around HRK 600,000 annually (EUR 80,000).

Mesic was president for two terms, from 2000 to 2010.

Jurlina Alibegovic also said that the government accepted amendments to the Act on the Financing of Political Activities and Election Campaigns put forward by members of Parliament from the Bridge party, the HSLS, the BUZ and independent MP Gordana Rusak.

Under the amendments, instead of receiving 0.05% of total budget expenditure political parties would in the future receive 0.075% of tax revenues earned.

This year, political parties should get HRK 47.3 million or about HRK 8 million less than envisaged by the budget for this year.

The amended law is to go into force on June 1.

The government today also forwarded to parliament several bills aligning national legislation with the EU acquis communautaire.

Last update: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 18:20
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