Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic began the party's campaign for the September 11 early parliamentary election in Stari Grad on Hvar island on Tuesday.
Plenkovic attended a session of the town council on the occasion of Stari Grad Day at which he said that, being founded 2,400 years ago, Stari Grad was Croatia's oldest town.
Plenkovic said it was necessary to improve the connection of islands, not just with the mainland but also between each other. He said that could be regulated with a new law aimed at encouraging the development of fisheries and agriculture on islands.
Plenkovic said he was also addressing the session in his capacity as deputy chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, noting that he would push for directing European Union funds into an equal development of Croatian regions, including islands.
Earlier in the day, he visited Svirce, a village on Hvar from where Plenkovic's family originates. Speaking to the press, he thanked Croatian fishermen and farm labourers for everything they had done for Hvar and Croatia.