The Croatian parliament on Monday amended by majority vote the law on the financing of political activities and electioneering, for which 0.075% of tax revenues will be spent in future, instead of 0.05% of budgetary expenditures.
The passage of the amendments was preceded by a break requested by the opposition Social Democrats (SDP), whose Arsen Bauk said afterwards that the amount to be set aside for political parties this year would be raised by HRK 4.5 million.
In 2011, that amount was HRK 59 million and the then, SDP-led government cut it by HRK 9 million, with HRK 50 million paid also in 2012 and 2013, while the amount set aside in 2015 was HRK 55 million, Bauk said, adding that HRK 59.5 million would be paid to political parties this year, "the highest amount so far."
He said the amendments were unnecessarily passed in fast-track procedure, before a new government was formed.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.5)