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Croatia's Deputy Prime Minister and Bridge party leader, Bozo Petrov, said on Sunday that Bridge called for the launching of a reform action plan, better communication, more work and less obstruction of the adoption of new laws, adding that he believed the government would survive and carry out reforms.

In an interview with Croatian Television, Petrov said that Bridge members wanted as much of what they had advocated as possible to be implemented, that they had their own professions and that they would not consider leaving the government a problem.

"The government will survive. Communication with Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko exists, but the media prefer reporting about Milivoj Spika's (of the BUZ pensioners' party) announcements of a parliament reshuffle and about Pero Coric's statements. The media are more interested in sensationalism than in reforms which have already started," Petrov said, citing in that context public procurement, the judiciary and incentives for farmers.

"Reforms have been launched and they are positive, the big ones will start in the autumn because they require preparation and they will be the real test for this government," said Petrov.

There is a parliamentary majority and the lack of quorum in the parliament is solely a matter of some people's individual responsibility, said Petrov, dismissing speculation about the regrouping of parliamentary deputies as well as the possibility that his party might attempt a parliament reshuffle in cooperation with the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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