Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president and First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko on Monday dismissed some media's claims about a conflict between the HDZ and Bridge party over replacements in the Interior Ministry, saying the HDZ and Bridge talked about everything, including personnel, and reiterating that the two parties had always managed to agree and find a joint solution.
Speaking to the press in Drenovci, Karamarko said he was not pleased that some personnel, in the Security and Intelligence Agency for example, had not been replaced.
Responding to questions about when a new war veterans' minister would be appointed, Karamarko said the HDZ had its candidate "who must pass the procedure he must pass" - alignment with the colleagues from Bridge and a talk with Prime Minister Oreskovic.
He denied knowing anything about allegations that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic had shown surveillance footage from the government to Bridge leader Bozo Petrov.
Karamarko said he was not happy with the pace of reconstruction in the parts of the Zupanja area devastated by river floods two years ago. He pushed for increasing the birth rate by enabling people to live off their work and the economy to breathe, including agriculture, saying that "Croatia doesn't have a future without good agriculture."
Also in Drenovci, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butkovic and Construction and Physical Minister Lovro Kuscevic attended a meeting on the reconstruction of the devastated areas, at which it was said that the government would do everything for the reconstruction to be finished and residents enabled to lead a normal life as soon as possible.
Butkovic said 66 percent of the roads destroyed in the floods had been renovated and that another HRK 10-20 million was necessary to rebuild the rest.
Kuscevic said over HRK 90 million had been set aside in this year's budget to complete the reconstruction of buildings and that he expected them to be rebuilt by this summer.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.6)