The leaders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party, Andrej Plenkovic and Bozo Petrov respectively, on Monday wrapped up the second round of negotiations on post-election cooperation and the forming of the new government, they reached a compromise regarding some of the bridge demands, primarily regarding the Law on Croatian Radio Television (HRT) and the declaration of the Economic Belt, while amendments to the Distress Act will be sent to parliamentary procedure immediately.
"We agreed that some of these topics (seven demands Bridge submitted for the forming of the new government) were realistically achievable at beginning of the work of the next Croatian parliament while some will most definitely be part of the programme of the new government with a clearly defined flow-chart, which will be realised," HDZ chief Plenkovic told reporters on Monday evening.
He added that additional consultation would be held regarding some items, Plenkovic underscored that the atmosphere at the meeting was very good, adding that HDZ and Bridge experts would precisely define conclusions regarding every single item discussed and that the new round of talks would be held next Monday.
"I am looking forward to cooperation. I believe we a fair amount of trust and partnership in the work of the future stable government that will be in the office for the next four years," Plenkovic said.
Petrov said he was confident that Bridge could always be a quality partner, adding he expected that the negotiations would be successfully completed on Monday.
He also said he was aware that some activities required more time and expressed conviction the new parliament would be constituted within the next 30 days.