Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Tomislav Karamarko on Saturday dismissed reports of disagreements between the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition and the Bridge party in the formation of the new government, adding that talks on ministerial candidates would begin next week because "agreement must be reached."
Speaking to the press in Split, he said there were attempts by "some media" to create disagreements between the Patriotic Coalition and Bridge, but that the two sides "are cooperating very well" and communicating well.
He said Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic would personally choose the candidate for the ministers of finance and the economy.
He praised President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic term in office so far. "The president of the republic has done an excellent job in foreign policy so far because (the outgoing) government ruined us and ruined our relations with everyone." Asked if he was in good relations with the president, Karamarko said the relations were very good.
Asked if the new government would do something to change the lack of awareness in a part of the public that Croatia was a member of NATO and belonged to the West, he said it would. "We belong to the West, we are a member of NATO and the EU and I think we can prosper well if we are honest and authentic members of those associations."
Karamarko reiterated that he would request a 25 percent cut to state officials' salaries, saying this was not a populist approach but a sign of solidarity.