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Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic of the Bridge party said on Monday, in reference to the current government crisis, that this situation was of no benefit to anyone and that it was delaying essential economic reforms.

"A situation in which there are no clear indications of the direction of economic development does not suit anyone. We defined that direction in the national reform programme, clearly setting out objectives for this year to facilitate doing business not just for foreign investors but for anyone in business," Panenic said on the margins of an international conference of direct foreign investments.

"These difficulties or possible reshuffle in terms of us going to a new election, postpones that implementation and burdens the economy. I believe that we all have to take a clear stance that economic reforms have to continue. As such, not just this government but in whatever constellation, it should take this programme on in advance because it isn't something to changed from one day to the next," he said, noting that the proposed reforms received strong support from the European Commission and that he hopes that the programme would be accepted by whichever government in power.

Asked by reporters whether the government would meet on Wednesday, Panenic said that he hoped it would.

"That is no longer a political issue. We have a few key laws that need to be adopted and as such, I expect earnestness and political responsibility and that a cabinet meeting is held in the coming period so that we can adopt these laws," he said. He added that these laws were planned, some are conditioned by deadlines and some are essential for business and investments.

The laws in question are on public procurement as well as on concessions which should be on the cabinet's agenda on Wednesday.

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