ZAGREB, February 22, 2020 – Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Davor Bernardić said on Saturday that his party would form the government after the next parliamentary election, deal with the current “chaos” in society and restore trust in state institutions as well as hope.
Bernardić said this at an event at which he and the head of the SDP branch in Zagreb, Gordan Maras, presented party membership cards to about 100 new party members.
Also presented were the Zagreb SDP branch’s draft local policies for the period from 2020 to 2030, called “Zagreb – A smart city”.
SDP member Davorka Moslavac Forjan said the local SDP branch advocated a city that would be transparent, inclusive, digitalised, a city of good living and more green areas.
“Andrej Plenković and Milan Bandić are the father and mother of political corruption in Croatia. Croatia and Zagreb need a change. Zagreb must not be a problem city. Zagreb’s residents pay the highest utility bills in Europe and are drowning in garbage. Zagreb is a city of false promises and failed projects,” said Bernardić, adding that the city should be an engine of the country’s development.
Maras said that the SDP was a leader of change in Zagreb and that it would give Zagreb back to its residents.
He said that a grand coalition between the SDP and the HDZ was impossible. “I consider a coalition with the HDZ not only repulsive, I can’t even imagine it,” Maras said when asked by reporters to comment on Minister of the Interior and HDZ member Davor Božinović’s ruling out a grand coalition with the SDP.
Maras added that the HDZ had to purge itself from its coalition with Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić and his party.
Asked about the SDP’s position on Sunday work, Maras said that one could not ban Sunday work as police, public services and hospitals work on Sundays.
He believes that Sunday work should be adequately remunerated and that remuneration should be such to discourage those who work on Sundays just for the sake of profit.
He added that the SDP would present its proposals on Sunday work.
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