Radimir Cacic Claims Desire to Remove HGK Membership Fee Irresponsible

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, after a recent coalition meeting, Varazdin County Prefect Radimir Cacic gave a short statement to the media, more precisely to N1.

“My position is that everyone had a chance – MOST, SDP, HSLS and HNS. Everyone has had the opportunity from 1991 until today,” said Prefect Radimir Cacic after a coalition meeting when asked by a journalist to comment on the proposal to abolish what many consider to be a banal and pointless membership fee to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

He then added: ”Everything they wanted to do… they did. What we’ve now heard from the gentlemen of MOST consists of one terrible amount of effort made to change one article in the 1991 law that says the Chamber should be abolished. Once you stop funding it, and keep everything else that the law proposes obligations, public authorities… At that moment you can say that the chamber doesn’t exist,” said Radimir Cacic in his usual style of speech.

He then expressed his opinion on the proposal: ”Unserious, irresponsible, dangerous, populist. This is something that I personally, neither we as Reformists, have ever been able to, nor will we ever support,” he said.

He also noted that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce should be reformed, but not abolished entirely. “The chamber needs to be redefined, it needs to be sent out onto the market to a large extent, but it also needs to recognise its public powers. No to populism, yes to reforms. The chamber isn’t good enough, not even close to good enough, but on the other hand, it doesn’t occur to us to support the destruction of one of the institutions that is important for the Croatian economy and society,” he concluded.

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