Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko and Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov said in a statement on Wednesday evening that members of the government would continue cooperating intensively with one another and that the accomplishment of common goals remained a priority.
"Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, First Deputy PM Tomislav Karamarko and Deputy PM Bozo Petrov agreed that government members should continue working freely, that all ministers, their deputies and assistants, regardless of their party membership, should cooperate responsibly on all projects that have been launched.
"The government members continue to cooperate correctly with one another with all their power on a daily basis. At the moment, indicators of work on common goals are good: GDP and industrial production are growing, public debt is decreasing and the National Reform Programme is being implemented. The accomplishment of agreed common goals and commitment to that process continue to be priorities of this government," the three officials said in the joint statement.
The statement was issued after PM Oreskovic, before his return from Paris on Tuesday, said that he would meet with his two deputies to see how tensions between them could be defused.
Petrov, who heads the Bridge coalition of independent slates, has supported a motion by the Opposition for the impeachment of Karamarko, First Deputy PM and leader of the HDZ party, over allegations of conflict of interest, saying that he did not know how he could continue cooperating with him in the government.