Ahead of a meeting between representatives of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge (MOST) party about the formation of the new government, which began at 1 pm on Tuesday, HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko said that both had common goals - to change the necessary laws in order for reforms to succeed.
Asked by the press if Bridge's list of demands was too long, he said the demands were realistic. "We will offer Bridge much more than they demand at the moment. I think they will agree that those reforms are more comprehensive than what they asked for. We have prepared reforms concerning entrepreneurship and the judiciary."
"I'm optimistic because we have prepared, we have been working on this three years. Reforms are our priority," Karamarko said.
He said that two thirds of Croatian citizens, regardless of the the HDZ and Bridge, had decided at the November 8 parliamentary election that the outgoing government had not been good. "I think they ruined the state and that, as regards the economy, we are on the brink. They aren't managing the migration crisis but improvising. We have too many people who have emigrated, many young people have left. Two thirds of citizens have said 'enough."
Karamarko said he was pleased that the Bridge party was motivated and willing to implement reforms. "Our door is open," he said, adding that talks would last until next Monday, "after which there will be a political discussion."
He will not take part in the discussion for now because experts are conducting the talks, as agreed with Bridge president Bozo Petrov.
The HDZ and its Patriotic Coalition won 59 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while the Social Democratic Party and its partners in the Croatia is Growing coalition won 56 seats. Bridge won 19 seats and without it neither the SDP-led coalition nor the HDZ-led coalition can form a parliamentary majority.