Addressing a press conference held in Government House after a meeting of the ruling majority, the prime minister said that he has a very good relationship with Marić and that they had a long discussion about his leaving the government.
Every government member supposed to want to work 300 percent
“I am guided by only one principle, anyone who wants to be a member of the government has to want to work 300 percent. He (Marić) worked brilliantly for 6.5 years and obviously the time has come when he decided to do something else for his own reasons. I respect that,” said Plenković and underscored that he appreciates Marić’s contribution.
Everything that is important for our economic and fiscal policy in the future, will be done with Marko Primorac, Davor Filipović, Marin Piletić and other government members, he added, referring to two new ministers and Primorac whose candidacy is to be confirmed by the parliament,
Plenković would not reveal where Marić is going and added that Marić had told the HDZ leadership, the cabinet and the ruling coalition that he still does not have a clear picture of what and where he will work in the future.
“When he is ready to say something more about that he will do so,” the prime minister added.
Plenković underscored that “no one can work in the government for a hundred years” and everyone has an expiry date.
“We have new ministers. We are replacing young ones with even younger, equally good and smart ones. You will get used to them, as will the public, and we will continue to function,” he told reporters.
Given the very good reputation that Marić enjoys in the professional and general public, reporters asked how long it would take for the future minister to “adjust,” with Plenković saying that the state has to function, and Primorac will gain an equal reputation with his work.
“You will see that Primorac is great, smart, eloquent. He understands the matter and will adapt quickly. He knows people in the ministry. Just like Zdravko gained his reputation for his work Marko Primorac will too,” said Plenković.
Asked if he was personally affected by Marić’s resignation or whether he experienced it as disloyalty, Plenković said “No. We have been through so much.” He underscored how they achieved common goals, entry into the euro area, upgrade of Croatia’s credit rating, exiting the macroeconomic imbalance mechanism and so on.
Primorac to also be non-partisan minister
Primorac, like Marić, will be a non-party member of the government and Plenković underlined that he had received the unanimous support of HDZ party bodies.
Asked whether there wasn’t anyone in the HDZ who could fill that position, he said there was but that he wanted “someone who will be the right person at the right time.”
There are others and this man is ready to be engaged as much as possible. We are just waiting for him to recover from COVID, he added, saying that Primorac will be as good as Marić because that is the “condition for him to be a minister.”
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