Croatian Democratic Union

19-year-old men arrested for putting up anti-Serb stickers in Vukovar, minister condemns incident

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man, suspected of putting up anti-Serb stickers reading  "Serbian Family Tree" with an image of people hanging from a tree and the face of Ante Pavelic, Croatian fascist dictator who led the World War II Ustasha movement and the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), at bus stops along Trpinjska Street in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar.

Proposal to give advantage to jobseekers who served in army slammed

Labour and Pension System Minister Tomislav Coric said on Friday the proposal by HVIDRA veterans association president Josip Djakic, that persons who served in the army should be given preferential treatment while seeking for jobs in the state administration and state-owned companies, was not good.

Bauk: More young people left country in one year of current govt's term than in entire term of SDP gov't

A senior member of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP), Arsen Bauk, said on Saturday that more young people had left Croatia in one year of the term of the current government led by the HDZ and Bridge parties than in the entire term of the former coalition government led by the SDP.

HDZ: Croatia won't allow intimidation of Croats in Bosnia

The deputy leader of Croatia's ruling HDZ party, Milijan Brkic, and the leader of Bosnia and Herzegovina's HDZ, Dragan Covic, visited the southern Bosnian town of Stolac on Monday ahead of a repeat of municipal elections next Sunday.

Grmoja: Had we voted for Barisic's dismissal, there would be new elections

Nikola Grmoja, a member of the Croatian parliament from the Bridge party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, on Sunday commented on the party's abstention from Friday's vote of confidence in Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic.

HDZ calls for urgently investigating affair with travel orders, SDP joins in

The parliamentary group of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Wednesday called on state institutions to shed light as soon as possible on the unlawful payment of travel expenses during the term of the government led by Social Democrat Zoran Milanovic and call to account those responsible for it, with Social Democrat MPs joining in the HDZ's call.

Minister says Plenkovic wants increasing engagement of women in politics

The Minister for Family and Youth Affairs, Nada Murganic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has said that Prime Minister and HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic is in favour of engaging more and more women in all levels of decision-making.

Zagreb branch and HDZ leadership to pick party's mayoral candidate

The president of the Zagreb branch of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrija Mikulic, said Wednesday that "the HDZ candidate for the Zagreb City mayoral elections would be selected at a session of the HDZ city branch, in agreement with the HDZ leadership."

Second indictment against ex-HDZ minister upheld

The Zagreb County Court on Friday upheld the indictment against former Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) minister of transport and infrastructure and Zadar mayor Bozidar Kalmeta, suspected of arranging with the Fimi Media marketing firm the production of the film "Croatia's Transport Renaissance" without a proper public procurement procedure, defrauding his ministry of more than HRK 600,000 (EUR 80,000).

Grmoja says Bridge will vie against HDZ and other parties in local elections

The Bridge party vice president Nikola Grmoja, who is one of the founders of this political party that is a partner in the current government led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the HDZ, has said in in an interview with Hina that in the local units of self-government the Bridge would vie against the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and other political options in local elections which Croatia is to held in May.

Nature magazine writes about plagiarism scandal involving Croatia’s science minister

Nature, international weekly journal of science, on Tuesday ran an article about the plagiarism scandal involving Croatian Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic, saying that Barisic has rejected all calls to resign, after a parliamentary ethics committee found he copied another scholar's work.

Petrov and Bulj not stripped of immunity in private suit

The parliamentary Credentials and Privileges Commission (MIP) on Tuesday rejected motions to strip two Bridge officials

HDZ Presidency and National Council support government plan to buy back INA

The Presidency and National Council of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) at its meeting on Monday strongly supported the government's plan to regain ownership of the INA oil and gas company.

HDZ not familiar with Bridge motion to constitutionally protect strategic companies

The head of the Croatian Democratic Union's parliamentary group, Branko Bacic, said on Monday the party had not decided about the Bridge party's motion to constitutionally protect strategic companies which manage natural resources because it had not seen a concrete proposal.

HDZ plans to win in 13 counties in May's local elections, says Plenkovic

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that the party planned to win in 13 counties in May's local polls as well as make a big step forward in cities.

Plenkovic: We can be satisfied with 2016 despite its political peciliarities

Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said at the HDZ leadership's Christmas party in Zagreb on Wednesday evening that, despite all political peculiarities marking the outgoing year, they could be very satisfied with 2016 and that this ruling party was striving to continue a winning streak in the local elections in May 2017.  

Plenkovic: Our aim is to improve networking of all Croatian security services

Commenting on the current security situation, Prime Minister and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that the threat of terrorism in Europe has been present for a long time, underscoring that he aimed to raise the degree of quality networking among all Croatian security services and to improve cooperation between partners in an effort to prevent any possible threats.

Plenkovic says HDZ needs no crisis to ambitiously run in local polls

Prime Minister and HDZ president Andrej Plenkovic on Monday commented on the HDZ's Dubrovnik branch's announcement that it will not support the city budget, saying the accent was on political stability at state and local level and that the HDZ, as a big party, did not need crises to run in local elections ambitiously and with the wish to win voters' trust.

Parliament, HDZ commemorate 17th anniversary of Tudjman's death

On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the death of the first president of the Republic of Croatia and the founder of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Franjo Tudjman, delegations of the Croatian parliament and the HDZ on Saturday laid wreaths and lit candles at Tudjman's grave at Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery.

PM dismisses claims of reviving fascism in Croatia

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Monday dismissed the insinuations about the revival of fascism in the Croatian society, assessed that the erection of the disputable plaque in Jasenovac was a sensitive matter and pledged that he would seek appropriate legislative solutions to regulate issues pertaining to totalitarian regimes.

PM: Croatia moving in the right direction, as shown by growth

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic of the HDZ party said on Wednesday that the government was very satisfied with figures showing a 2.9% increase in GDP in the third quarter of this year because it showed that Croatia was moving in the right direction, which, he said, was partly a result of the previous government's work and sent out a message of political stability.

Kalmeta claims state prosecutor currying favour with Bridge

The mayor of Zadar and former minister of maritime affairs, transport and infrastructure, Bozidar Kalmeta of the ruling HDZ party, said on Monday that the second indictment the anti-corruption office USKOK had issued against him was an attempt by Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan to curry favour with the HDZ's coalition partner, the Bridge party.

Croatian PM says Tax Fraud Office will continue operating

"Just as other legal systems, Croatia's criminal law too has the institution of presumption of innocence. We will discuss this situation. There were other cases, too, that ended in acquittals. We will approach the matter very carefully and rationally," said Plenkovic.

Plenkovic: I'm open to talks with all members of Bosnian Presidency

Prime Minister and HDZ party leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he was open to talks with all members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's collective state Presidency.

HDZ deputy chief says will prepare new graduate thesis

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Deputy President and Deputy Parliament Speaker Milijan Brkic has said in an interview with the N1 commercial broadcaster that he will soon write a new graduate thesis after the Police Academy decided to relaunch proceedings to strip Brkic of his professional degree because he allegedly plagiarised another work for his graduate thesis.

Petrov says if HDZ fails to comply with agreement , Bridge would join Opposition

Croatian Parliament Speaker and Bridge party chief Bozo Petrov spoke in an interview with Hina about his vision of parliament with him at its helm, option for the INA oil company and cooperation with the HDZ which he described as promising for now with a message that if the HDZ fails to comply with what had been agreed, Bridge would join the Opposition.

Croatia's new prime Minister Plenkovic - a rapidly rising moderate

Five years ago, Andrej Plenkovic was the second-in-command at the Croatian embassy in Paris. Today, he is the country’s prime minister.

HDZ and SDSS hail new gov't, IDS critical

The ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) on Wednesday hailed the government of Prime Minister-designate Andrej Plenkovic and its programme, while the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) was critical.

Plenkovic: National, social goals must be above political, ideological differences

Prime Minister-Designate Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that achieving unity of national and social goals must be above political and ideological differences, which is why his cabinet will pursue a policy of national unity and promote responsibly dealing with the past and condemning all non-democratic systems.

Plenkovic: Ministerial nominees ready to do their best for country's well-being

Prime Minister-Designate and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that in choosing the ministerial nominees, he combined youth and experience, and that they were people ready to do their best in the next several years to help the well-being of the country.

PM-designate reveals names of 4 deputy PMs

Prime Minister-Designate and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic did not reveal the names of the 19 ministerial candidates on Tuesday, but said the new government would have four deputy PMs

Kovac says won't be new ambassador to US

Caretaker Foreign Minister Miro Kovac on Tuesday refuted media reports that he would be Croatia's new ambassador to the US, saying he was staying in Croatia.

Petrov says vote of confidence in government Wednesday

The president of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, said on Monday he expected parliament to give a vote of confidence in the new Croatian government on Wednesday.

PM designate says names of minister will be released after package is done

Prime Minister designate Andrej Plenkovic said on Sunday that the names of the ministers in his government would be released after the package is done, expressing satisfaction with talks he held so far.

5 bills on Bridge's conditions put forward to parliament

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party that form the ruling majority in the 9th Croatian legislature, on Friday put forward the bills regulating the implementation of the Bridge's conditions for the establishment of the new government.

Law lowering entitlements for office-holders adopted

The new, ninth Croatian parliament on Friday evening passed a package of four laws regulating the work of the new government and restricting the right of office holders to financial entitlements upon the expiry of their terms.

HDZ chooses its 3 members for Parliament Deputy Speakers

The Prime Minister-designate and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader, Andrej Plenkovic, told reporters on Thursday that the HDZ candidates for three out of the five Deputy Parliament Speakers would be HDZ Deputy President Milijan Brkic, the party's secretary-general, Gordan Jandrokovic, and HDZ official Zeljko Reiner, who is the outgoing Sabor Speaker.

Plenkovic says will reveal names of ministers next week

The Prime Minister designate and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader, Andrej Plenkovic, said on Thursday that the names of new ministers would not be discussed at today's sessions of the party Presidency and the Main Committee, adding that the names of the new ministers would be revealed next week and that they would be the people of his choosing.

Plenkovic hopes new gov't to be sworn in next week

Prime Minister-Designate and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that he would discuss with the outgoing and new parliament speakers today how to most efficiently hold the new parliament's inaugural session, adding that he was confident of finding a reasonable solution with the Bridge party about voting on a new government next week.

PM-designate says Bozinovic will be his chief of staff

Prime Minister-Designate Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday Davor Bozinovic would be his chief of staff.  

CV of Prime Minister-designate Andrej Plenkovic

Croatia's Prime Minister-designate Andrej Plenkovic is a lawyer with a varied diplomatic career, born in Zagreb in 1970.

Plenkovic entrusted with forming 14th Croatian government

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday conferred the mandate to form a new government on Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, who had presented her with the signatures of support of 91 elected deputies in the 151-seat ninth parliament.

Plenkovic: Independence Day key for severing all ties with former Yugoslavia

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Saturday paid his respects those killed for the homeland on the occasion of Independence Day, which is observed today, saying that 8 October 1991 had been a key day for severing all ties with the former Yugoslavia.

Plenkovic says will bring president 91 or 92 signatures supporting him as PM-designate

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday he would bring President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday 91 or 92 signatures of MPs for forming a new government, adding that the HDZ's nearly month-long talks with their partners in the Bridge party, with its leader Bozo Petrov at the helm, had been constructive and without dramatic situations.

HDZ decision-making bodies back deal with Bridge

The Presidency and the National Council of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) have unanimously supported a report on the outcome of negotiations on government formation between the HDZ and the Bridge party and their agreement to form a new cabinet, with backing from ethnic minorities and other political parties that have extended their support, party chief Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday.

Croatian President to give HDZ chief mandate to form gov't Monday

Given the latest developments, there will be no second round of consultations at the Office of the President on Monday, and the President will meet with Plenkovic, receive from him his list of signatures of support and give him the mandate to form the government, Grabar-Kitarovic's office said.

Plenkovic and Petrov say compromise deal on new gov't reached

The leaders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party, Andrej Plenkovic and Bozo Petrov, on Friday confirmed that the two parties had reached a compromise agreement on all vital issues concerning the work of the future government.

HDZ leader: Agreement with Bridge ensures fair division of portfolios

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that he was pleased with the decision by the National Council of the Bridge party to accept cooperation with the HDZ, adding that the agreement reached by the two parties ensured a fair distribution of Cabinet posts reflecting the election results.

Bridge National Council endorses deal with HDZ

The National Council of the Bridge reformist party on Thursday accepted the proposed agreement which the negotiators of that party and of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) hammered out a day before regarding their future cooperation in the new Croatian government, according information from the Bridge party on Thursday evening.  

Hungarian, Czech, Slovak minorities' MPs give their signatures of support to HDZ chief

Elected representatives of the Hungarian and of the Czech and Slovak minorities, Robert Jankovics and Vladimir Bilek respectively, on Thursday gave their signatures of support to Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic as the future prime minister-designate to form the new government.  

Pupovac: Talks between HDZ and minorities to resume Thursday

Deputy leader of the Independent Serbian Democratic Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac on Wednesday said that the next round of negotiations between elected representatives of ethnic minorities and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) would continue on Thursday.

Plenkovic says HDZ, Bridge possibly to agree cooperation today or tomorrow

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that he believes that his party will be able to say on Wednesday or on Thursday at the latest that it and the Bridge coalition of independent slates have reached an agreement on cooperation.

Plenkovic, Petrov believe they could hammer out deal by next week

The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic on Monday expressed satisfaction with a round of negotiations held today as well as hope that next week the president of the republic could give them the mandate to form a government.

HDZ BiH leader satisfied with party results in Bosnia's local election

Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HDZ BiH) leader Dragan Covic said on Monday that he was satisfied with the performance of his party in Sunday's local election but that frequent election cycles every two years were not a good solution for Bosnia and Herzegovina which was why he was in favour of holding local polls in parallel with general elections every four years.

Plenkovic: HDZ wants to agree most essential things with Bridge this week

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that everything in the negotiations with the Bridge party was proceeding in line with an agreed road map, that today was no D Day and that the HDZ wanted to agree all the most essential things with Bridge this week.

Plenkovic says expects intensive negotiations with Bridge this week

The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, said on Sunday that negotiations with partners from the Bridge party would continue on Monday and that he expected an intensive course of talks in the week to come.

HNS leader urges HDZ and Bridge to finally form government

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said that the HNS main committee and presidency would not be discussing support for the future government of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party on Saturday, urging the two parties to finally form the government.  

Plenkovic: Sound foundations should be laid for economy in 2017

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader and Prime Minister-designate hopeful, Andrej Plenkovic, said on Friday that the government's economic policy in 2017 would focus on laying sound foundations for the national economy so that by the end of the government's term in 2020, 5% economic growth, a 68% employment rate and demographic revival were achieved.

Plenkovic says HDZ-Bridge negotiations proceeding normally

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Friday refuted media speculation that negotiations on the formation of a new government between the HDZ and the Bridge party had been broken off, saying they were proceeding in line with an agreed road map.

Stier: I haven't heard anything about talks being broken off

The political secretary of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Davor Ivo Stier, said on Thursday that he had not heard anything about talks on the formation of government between the HDZ and the Bridge party being broken off.

Bridge: Talks on government formation not broken off

The Bridge party on Thursday strongly denied an article on the website of the Jutarnji List daily which said that the party's negotiators had suddenly broken off talks on the formation of a new government with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

Plenkovic: After a few more days of talks, we'll have more than 76 signatures

The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Andrej Plenkovic, on Wednesday expressed confidence that after a few more days of talks, his party would have the signatures of support of the minimum 76 elected members of Parliament needed to form a government.

Petrov: Signatures for PM-Designate after agreement on entire "package"

After meeting with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic for consultations on Wednesday, Bridge leader Bozo Petrov said that the party would give its signatures to form a new government once "the entire package is agreed" in negotiations with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

Plenkovic ready to offer Petrov post of First Deputy PM

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, poised to become Croatia's new Prime Minister, said on Wednesday that he saw no problem in offering the position of First Deputy Prime Minister to Bozo Petrov, the leader of the Bridge reformist party.

Administrative Court confirms Karamarko in conflict of interest

Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Tomislav Karamarko was not available for any comments on Tuesday after a ruling by Zagreb Administrative Court on Monday upholding a decision by the Conflict of Interest Commission that he had been in conflict of interest due to his business and private relations with MOL adviser Josip Petrovic.

HDZ and minorities to resume talks after HDZ-Bridge deal

The negotiations between the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and eight elected representatives of ethnic minorities on the next Croatian government, due to have been held on Tuesday, have been postponed until the HDZ and the Bridge reformist party hammer out an agreement on the new cabinet's agenda, according to unofficial information from negotiators.

PM-Designate hopeful: New gov't to have 4 deputy premiers

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, poised to become the next Prime Minister, said on Tuesday morning that the next cabinet would likely have four Deputy Prime Ministers.

HDZ and Bridge close to hammering out deal

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic and his counterpart from the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, on Monday evening said that harmonising of the two parties' views on the seven demands set out by Bridge was nearing completion, and they had started discussing topics important for the new government's agenda.

HDZ deputy chief says Plenkovic will have enough signatures

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) deputy chief Milijan Brkic said on Monday that HDZ president Andrej Plenkovic would have enough signatures for consultations with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

HDZ leader expects progress in talks with Bridge

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic has said that he expects progress in the negotiations with the Bridge reformist party, and the third round of the talks between the two parties on forming Croatia's new government is set for Monday afternoon.

Croatia Serb leader to back HDZ provided it is centre-right party

Croatian Serb leader Milorad Pupovac, one of the three elected deputies of the Serb minority in the new Croatian parliament, said on Sunday that the elected Serb deputies were ready to support the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the relative winner of the recent parliamentary election, if that party pursued centre-right polices.

Plenkovic says has enough time for negotiations, all to be completed within deadlines

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that negotiations on forming a new government would be successfully completed within constitutional deadlines that would start running on Monday, after the announcement of official election results.

HNS rejects possibility of backing HDZ-Bridge government

Croatian People's Party (HNS) president Ivan Vrdoljak on Wednesday dismissed the possibility of the HNS supporting a government formed by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and Bridge parties, saying he expected them "to finish their negotiations as soon as possible and start realising their promises."

Kovac dismisses speculation on HDZ factions

Caretaker Foreign Minister Miro Kovac of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said in New York on Wednesday that headlines on factions inside the HDZ were media fabrication, and added that everyone in the party was focused on negotiations with the Bridge party about forming a new government.

HDZ official says Bridge remains HDZ's key strategic partner

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Gordan Jandrokovic has expressed satisfaction with the support of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) to HDZ leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate, but has noted that the Bridge party is and will remain the HDZ's key strategic partner.

Petrov: HSS decision to back Plenkovic won't change Bridge-HDZ relationship

The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, said on Wednesday that the decision by the presidency of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) that their five members of Parliament would support Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic as prime minister-designate would not change the Bridge-HDZ relationship or the recently begun talks on government formation.

Beljak: All 5 HSS MPs will back Plenkovic as PM designate

Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) president Kreso Beljak said on Tuesday that the HSS Presidency had decided that five HSS deputies would give their signatures for Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic to be nominated prime minister designate, without asking anything for the HSS in return.

Hasanbegovic: Croatian and HDZ policies free of extremism

Croatia's caretaker Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Tuesday that there was no extremism either in the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) or in Croatia's society and therefore no one should impose a legacy of so-called extremism in Croatian politics.

Plenkovic, Petrov reach compromise regarding some demands submitted by Bridge

"We agreed that some of these topics (seven demands Bridge submitted for the forming of the new government) were realistically achievable at beginning of the work of the next Croatian parliament while some will most definitely be part of the programme of the new government with a clearly defined flow-chart, which will be realised," HDZ chief Plenkovic told reporters on Monday evening.

Petir support's Plenkovic's invitation to HSS to join HDZ

MEP Marijana Petir of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) on Monday supported the invitation of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic to the HSS to "return to its family", namely to join the parliamentary majority led by the HDZ, and accused HSS president Kreso Beljak of destroying the party.

Plenkovic: Talks with Bridge to continue; personnel issues still not on agenda

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he expected the second round of talks with the Bridge party to focus on that party's seven terms for cooperation and other issues pertaining to the new government's platform, stressing that personnel issues would not be discussed.

Beljak says HSS will be opposition such as hasn't been seen in Croatia

The Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) will be the opposition, such as has not been seen in Croatia yet, HSS president Kreso Beljak said on Saturday, responding to Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic's wish that the two parties re-establish cooperation.

Minority MP: We agreed to support Plenkovic as PM-designate

The representative of the Hungarian minority in the Croatian parliament, Robert Jankovics, said on Friday that the national minorities had agreed to support Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic as the future prime minister-designate, underscoring that minorities needed to be an element of stability in the country.

Hasanbegovic: Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in new gov't

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Thursday said that Vice President of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in the new government and that that would be done by Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic with a firm parliamentary majority with or without the three SDSS deputies.

HDZ to get one-third of HRK 20.4 mln for electioneering costs

As the relative winner of the September 11 early parliamentary election, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) should receive compensation totalling HRK 7.6 million or one-third of the 20.4 million the government had set aside for the electioneering costs of political parties running in the elections.

Plenkovic: Croatia to be active in EU foreign policy

Croatia will be an active member of the European Union, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader and member of the European Parliament Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday evening in Strasbourg after talks with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy.

Bridge chief says talks with HDZ more constructive than before

The Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said on Wednesday that the ongoing negotiations between his party and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the relative winner of the 11 September early elections, on Croatia's new government were more positive and constructive than the talks between the two parties after the 8 November 2015 elections.

Plenkovic and Petrov satisfied with first round of talks

The leaders of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge party, Andrej Plenkovic and Bozo Petrov respectively, said on Tuesday that they were satisfied with the first round of their talks on forming the new government.

Plenkovic expects stable government with clear agenda

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said in an interview with the commercial RTL television channel on Tuesday that negotiations with the Bridge party were going well and without ultimatums, adding that he expects to form a stable government with a clear programme for the next four years.

Croat member of Bosnian presidency congratulates Plenkovic on election win

The Croat member of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Presidency, Dragan Covic, on Tuesday congratulated Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic on winning Sunday's election, underscoring that he believed it would not be difficult for the winning party to form a new government that would be able to help Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IDS official rules out possibility of cooperation with right camp

Asked if cooperation with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) as the relative election winner was an option for his party, the secretary-general of the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS), Giovanni Sponza, said on Tuesday that cooperation with the right political camp was out of the question for the IDS.

Plenkovic says negotiations with Bridge, other parties begin

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said that he was beginning on Tuesday talks on government formation with the Bridge party and other parties that entered the parliament in Sunday's early election, dismissing reports that he was in touch with the leaders of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS), members of the SDP-led People's Coalition.

Plenkovic: HDZ to begin talks with other parties on Tuesday

The task force will be led by Plenkovic. He expressed confidence that the HDZ would manage to form a stable government within time frames defined by the constitution and law.

Croatia elections 2016: State Electoral Commission releases complete results

The State Electoral Commission (DIP) on Monday released complete results of Sunday's early parliamentary election, confirming the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) as the relative election winner.

HDZ wins election in six constituencies

Unofficial results of Sunday's parliamentary vote, published by the State Election Commission (DIP) after returns from 100% of polling stations were processed, show that the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is a relative winner of the early parliamentary elections, winning the election in six constituencies as well as two votes from the diaspora, while the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led People's Coalition won the election in four constituencies.

HDZ enthusiastic about preliminary election returns

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, according to preliminary results released by the State Electoral Commission at 10pm on Sunday based on returns from 36 percent of polling stations.

HDZ official: This election looks like a cliffhanger

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Secretary-General Gordan Jandrokovic said on Sunday evening that the exit polls showed that the major blocs were level-pegging in the early parliamentary election.

More instability may loom for Croatia after another hung election

More instability looms ahead for Croatia after Sunday's snap parliamentary poll again produced no clear-cut winners, according to exit polls.

Plenkovic urges citizens to vote and give next MPs strongest legitimacy possible

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic called on citizens on Sunday to go to the polls for the early parliamentary election and give the next MPs the strongest legitimacy possible.  

Court quashes request for judge's exemption in Planinska case

The Zagreb County Court on Friday overruled a request by the Office for the Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) to exempt Judge Jasna Smiljanic from the trial of former Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Ivo Sanader in a case dubbed "Planinska Street".