Tim Oreskovic gets down to work.
Talks between HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko, MOST leader Božo Petrov and Prime Minister-Designate Tihomir Tim Orešković about who will be members of the new Croatian Government began yesterday. According to sources, there are three main criteria guiding their decisions: future ministers must be experts with professional knowledge and skills, party quotas should be respected and all nominated candidates for positions in the executive branch must be confirmed by Orešković, since they will be members of his team, reports Vecernji List on December 29, 2015.
It is expected that HDZ will first insist on establishing party quotas – that is, how many and which ministries would be given to HDZ and MOST respectively. It is necessary to determine which ministries are priority for each of the sides, with the main principle being a division of rights and responsibilities. So, in those ministries where the minister comes from MOST, his deputy would be from HDZ, and vice versa. HDZ believes that, in order for reforms to be implemented, it is necessary that both sides participate in all the ministries together. They do not want to “divide” the ministries in a way that each side has some of them under its complete control.
Although there were rumours that HDZ and MOST have reached an agreement that MOST would get six ministries, namely ministries of interior, justice, administration, agriculture, economy and environmental protection, it seems that the plans could still be changed. Special attention was given to rumours that MOST would get both the Ministry of Interior and Security Intelligence Agency, but it is more probable that both sides will have control in national security areas.
Since HDZ has seven coalition partners in its Patriotic Coalition, it has been confirmed that other parties will have their representatives in the executive branch as well. HSS is a strategic partner of HDZ and it is expected that someone from its ranks will be a member of Government.
Orešković has spent the last few days studying HDZ’s economic program on which the party worked for the last three years and which was made in collaboration with the German IFO Institute. Orešković is reportedly satisfied with the program and it is assumed that he will use it in planning his economic reforms and changes.
It has been reported that Orešković is under strong pressure these days. People around him claim that they have received at least 200 telephone calls from people seeking contact with him. “It is repulsive how many people have called and asked for his phone number to be recommended for a particular position in government”, said a source from HDZ close to Orešković.
Among the people from HDZ being mentioned for positions in future government, in addition to party president Tomislav Karamarko who will almost certainly be the deputy prime minister, there are two names which are being discussed. They are Ivana Maletić, a member of the European Parliament, and Tomislav Ćorić, a non-partisan economic expert close to HDZ. In the next two to three weeks, we should find out the names of the other members of the government.