ZAGREB, June 17, 2020 – The fight against corruption and clientelism, boosting the economy and a better education system are the key points of the “Croatia is awakening” platform presented by the Bridge party for the July 5 election.
Our platform is a realistic framework unlike those of others who are offering fairy tales and promises and offending the people’s intelligence. We are offering something that can be achieved and that Croatia needs – a decent life for every citizen and a just system, Bridge leader Bozo Petrov said presenting the party’s platform.
Chief State Prosecutor should be appointed by a two-thirds majority in parliament
In addition to the three key points, Bridge’s platform deals with other issues such as health, agriculture, and the status of pensioners. We have an answer to all those issues, said Petrov.
The party’s political secretary, Nikola Grmoja, said that it was necessary to change the judiciary and speed up proceedings in order to attract foreign investments.
“We want to change the model of appointment of the chief state prosecutor, who is currently appointed by the ruling majority through corrupt bartering, and extend their term in office. They should be appointed by a two-thirds majority in the parliament,” said Grmoja.
The Conflict of Interest Commission should have more powers and be transformed into an anti-corruption agency, Bridge representatives said, adding that they would insist on transparent spending by public officials and on making public the budgets of all government bodies.
Education sold to satisfy political interests
Heading the party’s slate in Constituency 1, Marija Selak Raspudic underscored that education is high on the list of Bridge’s policies as is the problem of democracy deficit so that the shameful political trade-offs that occurred in the last government with the Croatian People’s Party (HNS) could be prevented.
“We witnessed the sale of the education sector to satisfy one’s own political interests,” she said and added that the education reform needs to be impartially evaluated.
The deficit of democracy is evident in the fact that the parliamentary election was called in the midst of the pandemic, Selak Raspudic said, warning that electronic and postal voting was not possible and that referendums had been thwarted.
Bridge is offering amendments to the election law with more preferential votes, she said.
Responding to reporters’ questions regarding failed negotiations with the Homeland Movement, Grmoja said that negotiations were held, however, Bridge could not come to terms with being on the same slates as defectors who joined Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic’s Labour and Solidarity Party.
“Skoro has attracted a wide variety of people, while we are glad that we are going to the election with new, uncompromised people because only people like that can bring change,” he said.