ZAGREB, February 18, 2018 – Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidency member Ivana Posavec Krivec said on Saturday that a future-oriented programme of the largest opposition party was in the works.
Posavec Krivec said that the party leadership on Saturday discussed the programme and a new rule book in a bid to define new guidelines about “what the SDP is nowadays and how we see it in the future so as to build a better society”.
The grassroots membership will give their opinion during public debates on the two documents that have been drawn up by eminent experts, scientists and people who are committed to the cause of social democracy. After the public debate, the SDP Main Committee will discuss the matter again on 3 March and after that they will be on the agenda of the party’s convention, she said.
She said that the new programme should replace the existing one adopted 22 years ago. We are introducing a new concept of the economy through social investment, as we want to show that the SDP is not a party that is able to meet needs only by allocating funds from a budget, but that we can create new value as a source of investment, for instance in education and healthcare, she said.
In her comment on the new rule book, Posavec Krivec said that the document would confirm three principles: further democratisation, decentralisation of the party and de-accumulation of functions for the purpose of making the SDP stronger.
The SDP presidency on Saturday morning unanimously endorsed the draft programme of the party. The Main Committee also adopted the draft rule book.
However, an SDP parliamentarian Mirando Mrsić criticised both documents: the programme for being sloppily compiled and the rule book for giving too much powers to the party president.