March 10, 2020 – On Sunday evening Croatia Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced a bold financial incentive to encourage emigrants to return to Croatia from abroad.
“The Ministry of Labour is preparing a new measure – a financial incentive measure for the return of our people who have temporarily gone abroad. We will financially support them to return,” Plenković said at the presentation of his team “Boldly for Croatia” at the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) elections in the crowded hall of the Radisson Blu hotel in Split, which was greeted by applause.
HDZ Speeches Frequently Interrupted by Wild Applause
Raucous applause interrupted his speech several times. That was followed by speeches from Toma Medved, candidate for HDZ deputy president and the four candidates for the party’s vice-presidents, Zdravka Bušić, Ivan Anušić, Branko Bačić and Oleg Butković. In their speeches, they rejected claims that HDZ had moved to the left and highlighted the success of the government under Plenković’s leadership as reported by 24 Sata on March 8, 2020.
“We are six friends, but we are not the same, none of us owe anything to anyone. Nor do we share the same opinions on every topic. However, what connects us is the same vision, the same direction for HDZ and a common program that contains everything that matters to HDZ,” emphasized Plenković.
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Internal Elections for Sharing Ideas, Not Criticism
The HDZ president urged party members to support his team “Boldly for Croatia” in the elections, stressing the importance of unity in a party which has room for everyone, and for colleagues who are on other teams.
“These internal party elections should be an opportunity to compete about ideas surrounding Croatia’s program and vision. They should not be used as an opportunity to criticize one another as if I were listening to and taking arrows from opposition parties. This is not the point of internal party elections. The purpose of internal elections is to maintain appropriate communication within the (party) framework and after which we will continue to cooperate in a normal manner,” said Plenković.
We Are Stronger as United Party
He stressed that the HDZ unity is important in the upcoming parliamentary elections because, he recalled, whenever HDZ is unified – they have success. And when they are not united – the party is in trouble.
“That’s why it’s important for us to stick together. There is room for everyone, and room for colleagues on other teams who have their own ideas and ambitions – I respect that,” added Plenković.
He noted that the difference is that his team is aware of the government’s achievements over the past four years.
Croatia Achieved Sovereign Goals Under Tuđman
He dismissed the remarks of those (right wing) parties who condemn the HDZ’s lack of sovereignty and stressed that Croatia had already achieved its sovereign goals under the first Croatian president, Franjo Tuđman. He added that he and his team are following Tuđman’s policies.
“It is easy to push irresponsibly for mild populism, to raise passion, and promote falsehoods,” Plenković concluded, dismissing criticism of HDZ’s approach regarding sovereignty.
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