President Says Five Political Regions Would Mean Uneven Standards

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President says five political regions would mean uneven standards
President says five political regions would mean uneven standards

ZAGREB, September 10, 2020 – President Zoran Milanovic said on Thursday that he was against the administrative division of Croatia into regions, as he believed that five political regions would mean uneven standards in various parts of the country.

If everybody takes care of themselves and collects taxes for themselves, which is the motive for that kind of decentralisation, that would force Lika, Zagora (the Dalmatian hinterland) and Slavonia to depend on some external sources, since they do not have the same assets as, for instance, Varazdin and Istria, he said.

This would be the dissipation of the Croatian state, he said underscoring that “children in Lika, Prelog, Varazdin  and Umag should have the same standards.”

He went on to say that the reduction of the number of local office-holders, as proposed by the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), does not amount to any reform.

“A reform would be cutting the number of municipalities by half, or restoring their number to the situation that existed in 1991,” he added, claiming that neither HDZ nor any political party would dare make any far-reaching moves that would affect the distribution of local political power.

Asked by the press about today’s performance of Croatian member of the European Parliament Ivan Vilibor Sincic, who unloaded a load of watermelons from a van in front of Government House, the president described it as an act of violation of sanitation rules. The president disagreed with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic’s assessment that Sincic’s performance was a security incident.


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