Ivan Vrdoljak

Opposition politician rules out Russia's political interest in Agrokor

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said on Monday that the focus of negotiations between the privately-owned Agrokor Group and its creditors was not on the owners, namely the Todoric family, or the management and supervisory boards but on Croatian families whose members worked in the group or for its suppliers, noting that Russia had only business and financial interest, and not political interest, in controlling factories in Croatia.

HNS chief slams gov't for "making no decisions"

Croatian People's Party ((HNS) chief Ivan Vrdoljak said on Saturday that this opposition party criticised the government led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic for failure to make decisions and for "not assuming responsibility".

HNS demands info on president's US trip

The opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) on Wednesday asked President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her office to inform the public as soon as possible about the details of her recent visit to the US, accusing her of harming the institution of the president through non-transparent behaviour and of "embarrassing Croatia" by giving statements outside the White House and in the streets of Washington.

HNS expects position of deputy parliament speaker, two committee chairs

Croatian People's Party (HNS) president Ivan Vrdoljak said on Thursday that he would discuss with the Social Democratic Party later today the division of parliamentary committees, adding that the HNS expected to have the position of a deputy parliament speaker and chair two committees.

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.  

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."

HNS leader says expects HDZ, Bridge to form government

The HNS, it was said, had brought 11 parliamentary seats to the People's Coalition, of which the party itself would have nine in its future club of deputies.

HNS chief says his party's ideology is to show results

Croatian People's Party (NS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak said on Saturday that the ideology of this party, a junior partner in the People's Coalition, was never the division between (WW2) Partizans and Ustasha but that its ideology was the results of those in power.

People's Coalition presents economic platform in Osijek

Ivan Vrdoljak, leader of the Croatian People's Party (HNS), which is a member of the SDP-led People's Coalition, said in Osijek on Sunday that once it came to power, the coalition would change legislation on investments to make Croatia the most attractive country in the region in terms of investment, and that infrastructure project would be financed exclusively with money from EU funds.

HNS chief says 82 signatures collected for parliament dissolution

Vrdoljak said that the consultations focused on the potential date of early election, adding that the HNS believes election should be held on September 4 or 11.

Ex-minister Vrdoljak denies accusations by HDZ

Croatian People's Party (HNS) leader Ivan Vrdoljak on Friday denied accusations by the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) that in his capacity as economy minister in the previous government he had helped his wife and the ATO Inzinjering firm win contracts with a state-owned company.

HDZ calls for investigating ex-minister's business deals with HEP

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is in the possession of documents that show that former Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) helped his wife and other persons and companies acquire more than HRK 150 million in contracts with the state-owned HEP power company, HDZ member of Parliament Zeljko Fiolic told a news conference on Thursday.

Ivan Vrdoljak elected new HNS leader

Ivan Vrdoljak was elected new leader of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) at an election convention in Zagreb on Saturday, as the only candidate for the post.

Vrdoljak not surprised by Moody's decision

Croatian People's Party (HNS) deputy leader and former economy minister Ivan Vrdoljak said on Saturday he was not surprised that Moody's ratings agency had downgraded Croatia's long-term credit rating.

HNS rules out cooperation with HDZ

Ivan Vrdoljak, so far the only candidate running for leader of the opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS), on Saturday ruled out the possibility of cooperation between the HNS and the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

Vrdoljak: We will defend secularism to the end

Croatian People's Party (HNS) vice-president and former economy minister Ivan Vrdoljak has said that he wishes Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and his government a lot of success and that the HNS will be a constructive Opposition and a mainstay of a civil and secular Croatia, adding that the party will defend secularism "to the end."

PM-designate meets with HDZ leader, outgoing economy minister

Oreskovic also said that he had regular meetings with Karamarko, leader of the Patriotic Coalition, and revealed the stage of negotiations on the new government.

Ministry says will protect Croatian interests in Krsko nuclear power plant

 Croatia "will do everything so that Croatian companies too can have the most proportionate share possible in that investment, in accordance with ownership and management rights. 

Vrdoljak: Meeting between SDP-led coalition and Bridge set for Tuesday

"Most likely over the next seven or ten days it will be clear whether the meeting between Zoran Milanovic and Drago Prgomet reduced our chances (of forming the government),"

Osijek to become energy hub, says economy minister

Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak said on Friday that the construction of a cogeneration power plant would turn the eastern city of Osijek into an energy hub of eastern Croatia

Sisak power plant's new block on trial run

Attending the ceremony, Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak said that this event showed that it was possible to build and set up new plants and develop industry in Sisak.

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

Minister promises lower gas prices for households next year

Despite all the setbacks, debts, high prices of gas and of capital, the Kutina-based Petrokemija has been salvaged and is still operating, Vrdoljak said.

Vrdoljak: Croatia should increase capacity to absorb EU funding for R&D

Vrdoljak was speaking at the start of the second national ICT summit "Digital Economy" at the University of Rijeka.

HRK 12 mln of commodity reserves issued during refugee crisis

Vrdoljak was visiting the Flammifer company which handed over 12 tank trucks valued at HRK 16.5 million to the state's Commodity Reserves.