ZAGREB – Poorly disguised threat

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić announced that his parliamentary group will not support parliament’s dissolution, a crucial precondition for new elections, if parliament decides not to vote on the bill for Zagreb’s reconstruction following the 22 March earthquake.

The law on the capital’s post-earthquake reconstruction should be adopted under the fast-track procedure, according to Bandić.

More on Croatia’s response to both crises can be found here.

“The government should respond appropriately to a matter of top priority,” said Zagreb’s mayor.

Bandić and his Work and Solidarity Party hold a majority for Andrej Plenković’s right-centre government at the national level, while Plenković’s party Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ, EPP) does the same for Bandić in the City council.

The crisis resulting from the Zagreb’s earthquake and the coronavirus pandemic have severely damaged their cooperation, which was already shaken by the rejection of Bandić’s urban development plan for Zagreb. (Tea Trubić Macan,

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