Activists Say Zagreb Holding’s Decision to Procure New Cars Shameful

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ZAGREB, Aug 10, 2020 – The “Zagreb is Calling You” initiative on Monday staged a performance outside the Zagreb Holding multi-utility conglomerate, owned by the City of Zagreb, saying that its decision to buy new, luxury cars worth HRK 19 million “while the city is falling apart” was shameless, and it called for revoking the decision.

During their satirical performance, activists parked toy cars outside Zagreb Holding, calling for the money intended for the new cars to be reallocated for regular city maintenance.

Activist Gordana Pasanec said they were embittered by the company’s decision to buy 312 new cars and sign a lease agreement to that effect, noting that the decision was shameless in the light of the March 22 earthquake and recent floods in Zagreb.

Pasanec said that regular city maintenance had been ignored for years, “which is why Zagreb has never been in a worse condition, as evidenced by the consequences of the recent natural disasters.”

“A decision is being made to invest HRK 19 million to lease cars while drainage pipes are clogged and city infrastructure has not been renovated for 70 years,” Pasanec said.

She said that a Zagreb Holding report said that 323,292 metres of drainage pipes and 42,260 drains had been cleaned.

“If that were true, the recent rainstorm would not have had the consequences it did,” she said.

She added that the existing, old infrastructure had been additionally burdened over the past year by 1,924 new water supply and 1,056 sewerage connections.

The initiative demands that Zagreb Holding drop its plan to lease cars, that its management and supervisory boards be replaced and that Mayor Milan Bandic as the first member of the Zagreb Holding Assembly and Management Board chair Ana Stojic Deban be called to account.

It also expects prosecutorial authorities to launch proceedings with regard to criminal reports concerning decisions by Zagreb Holding, Mayor Bandic and his associates as well as that the origin of assets of members of the Zagreb Holding management and supervisory boards and city administration be investigated.

The initiative’s demands were supported by city councillor and Member of Parliament Tomislav Tomasevic.


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