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Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said in Karlovac on Thursday that the party would spend HRK 1.5 million per constituency in campaigning for the September 11 early parliamentary election.

Responding to questions from the press, he said that with him at the helm the HDZ would be "financed legally, transparently and responsibly."

Plenkovic said he had opted for rational spending in the campaign without typical rallies, focusing more on the media to convey the party's messages to voters.

He also commented on yesterday's meeting between Social Democratic Party president Zoran Milanovic and Djuro Decak, leader of the national federation of Homeland War associations "Dr Franjo Tudjman", about Serbia's jurisdiction over war crimes committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

Plenkovic said the Serbian law in question was not a universal jurisdiction law such as many countries had, but a hybrid law on regional jurisdiction into which Serbia incorporated acts from the Statute of the Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and expanded its jurisdiction to Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Croatian citizens, so that Serbian courts could prosecute them based on their indictments for crimes committed against Croatian citizens in Croatia.

"That's unacceptable because we are a member of the EU and NATO. Milanovic's government failed to achieve the legal security of our veterans and of national interests, yet now he is raising this subject," Plenkovic said, adding that he too would meet with veterans' associations and Decak.

He commended War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved's contribution in uniting veterans' associations in an attempt to combine laws on veterans' rights into one law so as to improve and simplify their exercise.

As for the HDZ's policy on the oil company INA as a strategic national company, Plenkovic said the party supported the continuation of the arbitration proceedings with Hungary's MOL in order to protect national interests by complying with the shareholders' agreement, for the survival of the refiners and of jobs, and for finding solutions in the interest of the company and the state in agreement with MOL.

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