Croatian PM-designate Andrej Plenković (HDZ, EPP) has presented the programme of his new government during the next parliament session. Opposition parties had briefly united against the ruling group, calling them ‘arrogant’ and ‘irresponsible’ for submitting the programme only half an hour before the vote, which led most parliamentary groups to request a break.
Plenković announced that his government’s top priority will be using the €22 billion which Croatia will get through the EU’s financial instruments, the EU’s next seven year budget and the Next Generation EU, for rapid economic recovery and investment in key strategic projects.
Although some speculations that Plenković might end up with a larger majority, due to the infamous “tokens“ tradition (MPs shifting their support for certain personal gain), he ended up with only 76 votes in support of his programme, which could be problematic in the context of the corona crisis.
(Tea Trubić Macan, EURACTIV.hr)