Social Democratic Party leader (SDP) Davor Bernardic said on Wednesday that the planned takeover of MOL's shares in Croatia's INA oil company was a smoke screen to privatise the country's electricity power provider HEP, which would lead to higher prices of electricity and Croatia losing its energy independence.
He blamed the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Bridge coalition for the nontransparent plan to privatise HEP and warned that it was not well intended and that privatisation would jeopardise electricity supply.
Electricity supply and its cost must not be jeopardised as pensioners, hospitals, schools and the economy in general depend on it, Bernardic told Hina.
The SDP is particularly cautious when it comes to the HDZ and privatisation, which has been marred until now by numerous corruption scandals, he said.
Bernardic called on Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic to start the New Year not as political opponents but as responsible politicians who will constructively discuss vital interests for Croatia and decisions that will define the quality of life.
"Croatia's energy independence will determine development opportunities in the future," Bernardic said.
"We should talk so that we can come up with the best solutions and not how to hold back citizens from a better life," Bernardic said in a letter to Plenkovic requesting that they meet early in the year to exchange their thoughts on these issues.