Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic has said that he will do his best to restore hope to the Croatian people and that in the selection of ministers he will have the final say.
"I will do everything to restore hope to people," Oreskovic said in an interview with the New Year's issue of Jutarnji List daily, parts of which were published on the daily's web portal on Wednesday night.
He added that talks with ministerial candidates would start after the New Year, revealing that he would have the final say in the selection of candidates.
Oreskovic said the reforms proposed by Bridge and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) were good and expressed satisfaction with reform recommendations given by the German IFO institute.
Among other things, Oreskovic said that he was in favour of introducing a real estate tax. "I am not in favour of mass-scale taxation of real estate, just of the real estate that is not being used."
Commenting on his problems with the Croatian language, he expressed hope that citizens would not hold it against him.
"Personally my goal will be to improve my Croatian, but more important to me than that is to help Croatia, kick-start the economy and social programmes and that we reduce the number of the unemployed," he said among other things.