Plenkovic says HDZ candidates must be seen as consistent, excellent, patriotic

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said in Hvar on Tuesday it was imperative for the party's candidates in the upcoming polls to be recognised as consistent and patriotic.

Speaking at the HDZ's first rally for the September 11 early parliamentary election, he said it was imperative that the party's candidates were also recognised as excellent in their fields and as people who respected others running in the election.

The HDZ's goal is competitiveness, economic growth and creating an atmosphere facilitating job creation, he said. We are members of the European People's Party, we don't force the concept under which the state creates jobs. We create a framework and it is entrepreneurs' boldness that creates an economic situation facilitating job creation, he added.

Now is the time for the HDZ to take firm positions and profile itself as the European centre-right, Plenkovic said. "That means restoring the trust of Croatian voters in the key matrix of Croatian political parties, and that's us. When we are strong, credible and efficient enough, there's little need for fragmentation into a series of alternative options in our political spectrum. That's the key of our policy."

Plenkovic said his ambition was for the HDZ to run the state very soon, "more firmly than was the case in the past few months, after the experiment with Bridge failed." He said the party was willing to form the next government with partners sharing its fundamental values as well as world view.

Plenkovic said the HDZ was not interested in big coalitions because Croatia did not need them. "Big coalitions are necessary either when national security is seriously jeopardised or when there is no other possibility to form a functioning government."

The HDZ advocates integral reforms, cutting VAT from 25% first to 24% and then to 23%, increasing the non-taxable income to HRK 3,750 and economic growth to 5% by 2020.

Last update: Tue, 16/08/2016 - 19:51

More from Croatia

Serb rebel accused of expelling Croats from Knin

The Split County Prosecutor's Office has indicted a 59-year-old Serbian citizen for ordering the terrorising and...

Tusk says Croatia's achievements in 25 years of independence amazing

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Zagreb on Monday that Croatia had made amazing achievements since its...

Croatia bans keeping poultry in the open till danger of bird flu is over

Addressing reporters ahead of a euthanasia of poultry infected with a bird flu virus near Velika Gorica outside...

Top officials committed to developing Croatia as prosperous country

Addressing a special concert held in Zagreb on Sunday evening on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Croatia's...

Manneken-Pis dressed in Croatian traditional costume

Manneken-Pis, the symbol of Brussels folklore, has been dressed in Croatia's traditional costume from Slavonia...