Local Public Services to Be Privatised?

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ZAGREB, February 13, 2018 – Social Democrat (SDP) mayors asked the government on Tuesday to withdraw the proposed amendments to the Municipal Services Act because they put private interest above private interest.

The mayor of Prigrada, Marko Vešligaj, warned that the proposed amendments were dangerous because public services would be privatised, as a result of which utility bills would go up. He said that the proposal favoured the private sector. “The bill is bad, incomplete and unconstitutional and should best be rejected in its first reading because it cannot be mended,” Vešligaj told a press conference in the Parliament building.

The mayor of Kamanje, Damir Mateljan, said that the proposed amendments limited the performance of a market activity in a discriminatory way, adding that it favoured the private sector and put public utilities companies at a disadvantage. “We will see a drop in service quality and the cost of services going up,” Mateljan said, noting that even mayors from the ruling HDZ party had nothing positive to say about the bill.

The mayor of Brdovec, Alen Prelec, said that he did not want to see a decline in living standards which the bill would bring about. “This law is being changed for the 18th time and it’s worse than it was before. It will only enable new employment, while its idea should be to ensure more efficient local government,” he said.


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