The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Wednesday expanded its election promises by adding a promise to pensioners whose pensions amount to less than 3,000 kuna and to those receiving social welfare that their Croatian national broadcaster (HRT) subscription fees would be reduced by half.
If the HDZ wins the coming parliamentary election, the HRT subscription fee would be cut by half for 25,000 subscribers, the head of the HDZ election slate in Constituency No. 6, Goran Maric.
Immediately after inaugurating parliament, the HDZ will initiate amendments to the Law on HRT, Maric said adding that this would have certain financial effects on HRT business activities, but the broadcaster would be able to offset the lower income through cost-cutting.
Maric reiterated the HDZ promise regarding the introduction of "a national pension allowance" in the amount of 40% of the minimum salary for people aged above 65 who were unable to work. Those pensions would be adjusted to salary growth on a permanent basis and the HDZ believes that by the end of its term, they would go up 5%.
"This will go into force the moment we step into office," Maric told a news conference which focused on the HDZ election platform and pensioners.