Caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday would not specify if he would remain in politics and perhaps run in the snap parliamentary election on Bridge's slate but he did say that he would not form his own party.
"I haven't made any decision yet. I think there's enough time and that there's no need to rush. There's still lots of work to do," Oreskovic told reporters when asked if he intended to remain in politics and whether he might run in the election on Bridge's slate.
He spoke to reporters on the margins of a conference of the European Peoples' Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament on the topic of "The Mediterranean - Geopolitics and European Integration - Challenges and Opportunities", which was being held in Split.
As there are still several activities planned for the day, including a visit to Sinj where outgoing Deputy Prime Minister and Bridge leader Bozo Petrov will be too, reporters asked Oreskovic whether this was part of an election campaign. Oreskovic retorted, "No, what campaign. I'm just doing my job."
He rejected speculation that he was going to set up his own party and said, "Croatia needs new ideas and changes. I hope that we've all seen that. Over the past few months as prime minister I've seen that Croatia has huge potential, however, the situation, unfortunately, is as it is. I hope that someone will activate that potential."
He assessed speculation in the media that once Great Britain exits the European Union, the European Commission will accelerate the introduction of the euro in Croatia as a media spin.
Croatia is tied to the euro and aims to introduce that currency as soon as possible, however, conditions have not been met for that yet, he said, adding that he was sceptical about reports about a stepped-up procedure to introduce the euro in Croatia.