Prime Minister Orešković to Return to Business Sector

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Outgoing Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković plans to remain living in Zagreb.

Outgoing Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković said on Thursday that, after he soon becomes a former prime minister, he would take a short rest and then return to business sector. He added that he would stay living in Zagreb, because his family lives in the Croatian capital, reports on September 29, 2016.

Asked about regional politics and who should be Croatia’s main partners and allies in the region, Orešković said that Croatia, as the newest member of the EU and as a NATO member, had always supported Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. He added that at a recent meeting in Vienna with Macedonian Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev he also gave his support to Macedonia’s efforts for European integration. Orešković said that the whole region should join the EU soon, and even NATO, in order to reduce tensions and strengthen the peace and stability of the region.

He is convinced that “Croatia as the major player in the region can support stability” and assessed that “we cooperate well with our partners in the region; we will support them, but we also want them to fulfil all the conditions that Croatia had to meet”.

When it comes to the issue of whether the European Union should abolish sanctions against Russia, Orešković responded that this was a topic that was often discussed at European meetings. He is convinced that the issue will be discussed further.

The Prime Minister also answered the question as to why the caretaker government had made decisions like the one on two tourism investment projects, which were declared projects of strategic importance. “I do not know why there is now so much talk about this subject because to me it is logical that these are strategic investments, and the process had been launched by the previous government. This government is doing everything according to the law. We have not made any decisions which are not in accordance with the law”, said Orešković.

He added that before each meeting of the cabinet they check whether the caretaker government has the right to make decisions on each agenda item. Orešković added that the strategic projects were in the interest of Croatia because it was important for GDP to continue to grow.

Asked why this decision could not wait for a new government, Orešković answered that “then everything could wait”, and said that “this government did not wait, but has done everything it could and which was according to the law”.


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