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Ivan Vrdoljak, leader of the Croatian People's Party (HNS)
Photograph: HINA/ ik

Ivan Vrdoljak, leader of the Croatian People's Party (HNS), which is a member of the SDP-led People's Coalition, said in Osijek on Sunday that once it came to power, the coalition would change legislation on investments to make Croatia the most attractive country in the region in terms of investment, and that infrastructure projects would be financed exclusively with money from EU funds.  

Presenting the coalition's economic platform, entitled "A Safe Course", Vrdoljak said the platform's goals included the expansion of broadband Internet and the completion of the Croatian section of the 5C international transport corridor.

Vrdoljak also said that salaries which the previous, SDP-led coalition government had started to increase by changing tax brackets, would continue to grow and that effort would be invested to enable Croatia to export not only products but services as well.

Social Democrat Mirando Mrsic, who served as Labour and Pension System Minister in the Milanovic government, said that the minimum cost of labour would be increased over the next four years, that the wage policy would be made transparent and that employers would be encouraged to sign non-fixed term employment contracts with their workers.

He said that the measures of active employment policy that had been suspended by the outgoing government would be resumed, and that the HRK 2,400 allowance for young people undergoing on-the-job training would be increased to more than HRK 3,000.

The employment of women and social entrepreneurship will also be stimulated, he said, adding that in order to protect the elderly from poverty, the People's Coalition would introduce a possibility that existed in all other EU countries, namely that an elderly person whose spouse dies can acquire the right to the deceased spouse's pension.

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