Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Monday that energy is a key segment for Croatia and its economy, that the government supported the LNG project and the the INA oil company was absolutely a company of strategic importance, stressing that his government would show positive results and in four years Croatian citizens would live better than they do today.
Oreskovic told Nova TV commercial television that Culture Minister Zlatko Izetbegovic enjoyed his full support, warning that a lot of spins had been carried by the media.
"I support the LNG project, I held several meetings and I believe we need to proceed with this project as soon as possible so that Croatia could be on the energy map. LNG is a top priority of this government," Oreskovic said.
He added there were six oil fields in the Slavonia region that needed to be put in operation and that at this time the Adriatic was not yet ready.
He underscored that INA was absolutely a strategic company. Oreskovic confirmed for reporters that the arbitration process involving INA and the Hungarian oil company MOL was proceeding according to plan and that Croatia would not leave the process.
Commenting on the first 100 days of his government in office, Oreskovic said he would have liked if some decision had been made faster, adding that too much time had been wasted on staff appointment. He said the government had adopted a relatively good budget and set quality objectives.
The PM stressed that the proposed reforms would bring good results, reduce unemployment and raise living standards, asking the citizens for their trust.
Commenting on cooperation between First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko and Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov, Oreskovic said they completely trusted each other as they are partners in the government. "At the end of the day, the three of us always sit down and talk," he added.
Asked if Karamako was in fact the one leading the government, Oreskovic said that he was the prime minister but that he would always seek advice from both Karamarko and Petrov, as they were more politically experienced that he was.
Commenting on some media headlines regarding ethnic intolerance and hate speech in Croatia, Oreskovic said the Croatian government and people were very tolerant and that Croatia was a tolerant country.
"There are always individuals saying something, but the government and the people are very tolerant," Oreskovic said.