He was responding during Question Time to MP Arsen Bauk of the opposition Social Democratic Party, who said Plenković was preventing changes in the judiciary, that Croatia was the least vaccinated EU member state, that COVID-19 measures were being applied selectively and that there was no reconstruction after last year’s earthquakes.
Plenković accused the SDP “and the whole left” of trying to create an “awful” atmosphere as if tomorrow there would be no wages, electricity or gas.
He said Croatia ordered 8.7 million vaccine doses and that people would be vaccinated, but that the government could not be responsible if a big drugs company had problems with its vaccine, production and distribution. “Other countries are in this situation too.”
Bauk said Plenković did not refute any of his claims and that citizens believed the president more in his row with the prime minister over the election of the new Supreme Court president.
Bauk concurred with other opposition MPs’ criticisms of the ruling HDZ’s policies and their rejection of the possibility that Plenković’s party could transform itself.
He said the HDZ’s “core won’t change, it’s always more or less the same” and that “the HDZ has always functioned on doctrines of (…) sustainable nationalism and clientelism.”
SDP MP says minister tried to bribe her
SDP MP Mirela Ahmetović said that “one of your ministers (…) personally offered me a bribe to keep quiet about all the illegal and negative things” about the LNG project off Krk island, and that as a result of the project the gas price for households went up 80% on 1 April.
Plenković accused her of having boycotted the project “dreamed of for 40 years”, saying it would reduce the price of gas and that this benefitted Ahmetović as head of Omišalj Municipality.
He also dismissed claims by Marijana Puljak (Centre) that he was protecting Vice Mihanović, the HDZ’s candidate for mayor of Split who is under suspicion of having plagiarised a scientific paper.
He said Mihanović had a doctorate and that it was up to the relevant commissions to decide on his doctoral dissertation, adding that Ivica Puljak, Marijana Puljak’s husband, would certainly lose to Mihanović in the Split mayoral race.
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