Furio Radin, an independent candidate in Constituency No. 12, which covers the entire country and where ethnic minorities elect their representatives to the Croatian parliament, said in Pula on Fridaythat members of Parliament representing ethnic minorities had not agreed cooperation with any of the current coalitions and that the basis for an agreement would be a platform to be published soon.
"There has been enough calculating with minority votes. The two big coalitions are counting on our support but are not saying anything about our platform; nobody has asked us anything about cooperation and these trial balloons will have to be grounded," said Radin, who represents the Italian minority.
"We were not respected in the last seven months, we had a lot of problems with the outgoing government. Therefore my message to the next government, regardless of which parties may form it, is that it should read our platforms because we finally want policies to be pursued that will respect minorities," said Radin.
Presenting his platform, with emphasis on the education system, Radin said that the state should provide teaching materials, books and bilingual documents. He warned that currently "there is a lack of funds as well as of the will to make sure students attending Italian-language schools have books in the Italian language."
The right to bilingualism is not exercised evenly everywhere and in some places it is not exercised at all even though an agreement between Croatia and Italy from 1996 says that bilingualism must be promoted and practiced in communities where members of the Italian minority live, said Radin.