ZAGREB – Cultural dispute

Someone who had not yet taken the office ”doesn’t have right to interfere”, said PM Andrej Plenković on Sunday (2 February) calling the comments of newly elected president Zoran Milanović “trivial”.

Milanovic, who is due to take office on 19 February, criticised the PM for not attending the opening ceremony of the project “Rijeka – European capital of culture 2020” on Saturday evening. But why the PM did not attend?

Plenković was in Portugal where he attended the Friends of Cohesion summit in Beja, meaning it was “impossible” for him to be in two places at the same time.

More than 20.000 citizens and guests participated in the opening ceremony, including a few ministers and EU Commission Vicepresident for Demography and Democracy, Dubravka Suica.

However, the ceremony’s programme raised other controversies. When asked about the former Yugoslav flag used in the performance, Milanović said he didn’t see that flag.

“I don’t see why it would be a controversy if it is in the function of some artistic expression.”, he said. More than 600 artists will participate in the programme of EPK during the next year, which is considered a great success for Croatia. (Karla Juničić |

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