ZAGREB, February 14, 2020 – Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) president Boris Miletić said on Friday, on the party’s 30th anniversary, that it had shown how a region in Croatia could develop, how to contribute to society’s democratisation and be on the side of civil rights, and how to promote European values.
Speaking in Pula, Miletić said “three decades of successful work are behind us. I’m glad that today Istria (County) is indeed an oasis of tolerance, an example and a beacon in our country, for which most of the credit goes to our citizens, but also to the IDS which throughout that time has given a vision of the development of our region.”
He also commented on the case of Tar-Vabriga municipal head Nivio Stojić, who verbally attacked a journalist after she asked him about his declaration of assets. Miletić said Stojić did the only possible thing by leaving the IDS. “I’m sorry (the attack) happened. As a party, we have shown in this instance too how to protect the values we promote.”
Miletić said IDS members’ declarations “are available to anyone” and underlined the importance of transparency, adding that “if someone wants to do a public job, they must respect the law.”
Speaking of cooperation with the Social Democratic Party, he said the IDS was open to cooperation with the left liberal bloc.
“We have a big chance to change this incompetent, corrupt government, and if that is the joint goal, it must be the highest goal of all the parties which want to participate,” Miletić said, adding that “citizens are losing trust in politics” and that “all parties should work on trust in the public system and politics.”
He said the “modality” of running in the next parliamentary election “should be subordinate to one goal – that the group of parties have a majority in parliament and form a new government which will finally steer this country in the right direction.”
“That means that we want to make Croatia a normal European state, that we stop dealing with the past so much and start thinking about the living standards of all citizens.”
The IDS will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Pazin tomorrow. Among those attending will be President-elect Zoran Milanović.
More IDS news can be found in the Politics section.