Croatian Democratic Union’s Economic Programme Includes Tax Cuts to Stimulate Economic Growth

hdz26 September 2016, VG Intelligence Weekly Issue 23

On 19 September, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST) concluded their second round of negotiations towards forming a new government. Both HDZ President Andrej Plenkovic and MOST President Bozo Petrov expressed their satisfaction with the talks. While various aspects of the new government’s economic programme are being ironed out by the HDZ and MOST negotiation teams, the main contours of the HDZ’s economic programme were revealed during the election campaign and by current Finance Minister Zdravko Maric.

After the second round of the talks, Plenkovic said they had focused on seven important points that the MOST had proposed prior to the September snap elections (see VG IW 22).  “Some of the proposals can be implemented immediately following the Parliament’s (i.e. Sabor) constitution, while others will be included in the future government’s programme and implemented after additional consultations”, said Plenkovic. MOST leader Petrov said they were willing to compromise, if better proposals were put forward. “Within 30 days, we will constitute the new Sabor and adopt the necessary laws, except the ones that require more time”, concluded Petrov. The next round of talks is scheduled for Monday, 26 September, when it is also expected that the State Election Commission will announce the official election results…

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