Parliament talks models for financing political parties

Opposition lawmakers on Friday described a bill of amendments to the law on financing political activities and election campaigning as pure demagogy with accusations of corruption flying on all sides.

The amendments, sponsored by the Bridge Party, Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS) and independent MP Gordana Rusak, foresees that instead of the current 0.05% of budget expenditure, political parties and independent MPs would be paid 0.075% of tax revenue generated in the preceding year.

The current law, Bridge MP Robert Podoljnjak said, stimulates state expenditure so that political parties can gain as much money as it can to finance their activities.

That would mean that this year we would legally reduce that to HRK 55 million from the current HRK 62.8 million and next year down to HRK 47 million which is a significant saving, Podolnjak explained.

Two parliamentary committees recommended that the bill should undergo two readings, which Podoljnjak said was unnecessary as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had proposed an almost identical solution when it was in power hence if the current largest Opposition party agrees with this model, there is no point in seeking another model, he said.

"SDP's proposal guarantees that funding for political parties cannot exceed HRK 50 million," SDP MP Pedja Grbin claimed. He referred to the proposed bill as demagogy.

Last update: Fri, 13/05/2016 - 17:20

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