Ivan Kovacic

Trust in Croatian state institutions low

Commenting on European surveys showing that Croatians were among those EU citizens who trusted their state institutions and local self-government bodies the least, Public Administration Minister Ivan Kovacic said on Thursday that the communication between citizens and local self-government bodies would be improved as part of a public administration reform.

Kovacic says cosmetic change at HDZ's helm not enough

A member of the Bridge party, Ivan Kovacic, said in the southern Croatian town of Omis on Monday that the statement by the new Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief, Andrej Plenkovic, that his party was prepared to cooperate with Bridge was pretentious, because a cosmetic change in the party leadership meant nothing if he kept the same people around from before.

Bridge opposes privatisation of strategic companies

Bridge MPs Ivan Kovacic and Miro Bulj on Thursday objected to the government's intention to privatise companies that were struck off the list of strategic companies during its conference call on Wednesday.

Ivan Kovacic resigns as head of Bridge club of MPs

The mayor of Omis, Ivan Kovacic, is no longer the head of the Bridge party club of deputies in the national parliament, Bridge confirmed to Hina on Thursday. No information was available on who would succeed Kovacic in that post.

Petrov confident Kovacic will protect national interests

Kovacic said earlier today that, because of Skaricic's re-election, cooperation with the HDZ at national level was no longer possible.

Bridge has good opinion of PM's adviser Puljiz

Bridge MP Ivan Kovacic on Monday said that his party did not know that Jaksa Puljiz would be appointed as Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic's adviser, but added that Bridge has a good opinion of Puljiz.

Bridge MP says there's no coinflict between his party and HDZ

"Bridge, of course, is to blame for everything because distribution of political functions would have been easier if the Patriotic Coalition had won the elections on its own and if it had a majority in parliament," Kovacic told the press in the parliament building.

Bridge would rescind salaries for outgoing MPs

Kovacic told reporters the bill was drawn up, that it would be submitted at parliament's first session, and that it was only the first step in reducing MPs' entitlements.

Bridge party discussing reforms it will offer to HDZ and SDP

"Negotiators from the HDZ and the SDP will probably also need time to discuss our proposals, but the public will know which of our proposals are on the agenda of the negotiations,"