Branko Grcic

SDP MP: Gov't should analyse economic viability of possible INA buyout

Branko Grcic, a member of Parliament from the strongest opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), said on Thursday that if Hungary's energy company MOL decided to sell its stake in Croatia's INA, the government should carry out a serious analysis and offer possible solutions for a buyout on condition that such an enterprise proved to be economically viable.

Opposition MP claims SDP-led gov't laid foundations for GDP growth

MP Branko Grcic of the Opposition Social Democratic Party said on Wednesday that the former SDP-led government, in which he was regional development and EU funds minister, had laid the foundations for the GDP growth.

Ex-minister: Downward revision due to poor start of new government

Opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) deputy leader Branko Grcic said on Tuesday that the European Commission's downward revision of its growth projection for Croatia for this year to 1.8% was the result of a poor start of the new government.

Opposition MP: How will savings on household allowances be made?

"If you add EU funds to both the revenues and the expenditures side, which are generally neutral, the changes are minimal," Grcic, a deputy prime minister in the previous government, told reporters.

Ex-minister welcomes reports that his former deputy will work for PM Oreskovic

"Puljiz is a professional, a non-party man and he definitely can contribute the most to Croatia at the moment," Grcic told reporters outside the SDP offices.

SDP official says guidelines reflect no serious reforms

Social Democrat Party (SDP) parliamentarian Branko Grcic said on Thursday that the government's guidelines for the 2016 budget failed to provide any outlines of reforms which the cabinet of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic had so far announced.

Grcic comments on EC's growth forecast

"All these are very good parameters. Yesterday's report (by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics) saying that personal consumption has been on the rise for 17 months in a row indicates that the recovery began even before 2015.

Grcic says outgoing gov't can be pleased with its performance

Grcic said that the prime minister-designate should show the investors how much Croatia was interested in selling its bonds under the most favourable terms possible and inform them about the reform and fiscal consolidation processes.

Outgoing government's work good foundation for next, says deputy PM

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Branko Grcic said on Monday the outgoing government had provided a good foundation for the new one and that he, with his experience in parliament and the government, could contribute to Croatia.

Croatia to issue bond on domestic market -- unofficial

The bond will mature in 2026, the same source said, adding that the bond could amount to more than HRK 5 billion, in case of an increased demand.

Unions says gov't using tricks to avoid base pay increase

Deputy Prime Minister Branko Grcic told reporters that a decision on the matter would be made by the new government in talks with trade unions.

Grcic calls on MOST to nominate parliament speaker candidate

"We are ready to support their nominee," Grcic told reporters, adding that in that way the new parliament would be inaugurated and talks on the formation of a new government could continue.

Government has definitely pulled country out of crisis, says deputy PM

"The Croatian economy has definitely stabilised. We are heading in the right direction and we must maintain this direction with the support of the new government,"

Official says SDP coalition has collected signatures of 67 MPs so far

"What you have read in media is true, at this moment we have 67 sigfnatures. Surprises are always possible, but they do not happen frequently," 

Bridge, SDP-led coalition say negotiations on agriculture constructive

Grcic said the two sides agreed that it was necessary to support family farms through financing, solvency, state aid, and a balanced allocation of farmland.

Grcic: EC confirms Croatia recovering at accelerated rate

The European Commission's forecast has confirmed what macroeconomic indicators show and that is that Croatia is recovering at an accelerated rate, ...

Ministers happy with industrial output growth

Grcic told the press after the government session on Thursday that last year's industrial output was up 1.3% and in only nine months of 2015 it grew by 2.3%

Deputy PM: Croatia becoming interesting investment destination

"After six - seven years of deep crisis that affected the world, Europe and Croatia, we can say that we are on the threshold of serious recovery," Grcic said

Grcic: Progress made in Doing Business ranking impressive

The minister stressed that Croatia's score in the Doing Business ranking was not accidental but the result of the government's efforts and the country's EU membership

Investments into Croatian islands increase to EUR 236M

The Council's members were also notified of possibilities for investments in the utilities and road infrastructure

SDP, HNS to take loans to finance election campaign

Asked if the campaign would be dirty, Grcic said no, adding that the other side was not their enemy but their political opponent.

SDP officials say HDZ would cut pensions by HRK 230

In its economic platform the HDZ announces a reduction of the VAT rate from 25% to 23%, to be followed by a further reduction to 20%, which is very irresponsible.

Grcic warns HDZ's promise to reduce VAT fiscally unsustainable

He referred to the proposal as a typical election gimmick "as is the announcement to reduce VAT by 5 percentage points in the next term."