New Mayor of Zagreb Says City Finances Not Good, but There Are Solutions

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Tomašević, who was presented with two-thousand-odd-page reports on the 2020 budget execution and preliminary figures on this year’s budget by the former acting mayor Jelena Pavičić Vukičević, said that the overall financial picture was not good.

He, however, stopped short of giving more information about the debt of the City of Zagreb, explaining that it would not provide a comprehensive picture.

He admitted that the managing the finances would be one of the biggest challenges of the new authorities, however, they were optimistic as they could find solutions to that situation.

Tomašević, who was accompanied by the new deputy mayors, Danijela Dolenec and Luka Korleat, during the ceremony of the transfer of powers, described their meeting with Pavičić Vukičević and her associates as open and constructive.

Tomašević said that the new city assembly would hold the founding meeting on 17 June.

Tomašević’s Green-Left bloc won the 40% of the vote for the 47-seat assembly, and will have 23 seats, which means that it is short of one seat for the majority.

The Croatian Democratic Union  (HDZ) won 11.3% of the vote in the 16 May local elections, and is thus entitled to six seats. The other three parties: the Homeland Movement (DP) led by Miroslav Škoro, the Labour and Solidarity Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) won five seats each.

Green-Left, SDP negotiating programme cooperation and political functions in Assembly

Tomašević today confirmed that his Left-Green bloc was conducting the negotiations with the SDP on the cooperation through programmes as well as on political functions in the assembly.

“When we reach agreement, we will present it to the public,” he said.

Tomašević said he expected that a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the post-quake reconstruction fund’s head, Damir Vanđelić, would soon be appointed.

Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet, an architect, told the news conference that he perceived his role “as a facilitator of the post-quake reconstruction of Zagreb”, and announced his first meeting with Vanđelić and the head of the city’s office for construction.

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