Croatia: New government confirmed, first session today

Croatia: New government confirmed, first session today

After the Croatian Parliament on Thursday voted in the new composition of the government Andrej Plenković, who was confirmed as PM, announced that the ministers will have the first session today in Zagreb.

Plenković, in his address to the parliament, said that his cabinet would immediately get to work and that he offered dialogue to the Opposition.

“We, as a parliamentary majority and the government, will endeavour to implement our programme in the next four years to the benefit of all Croatian citizens in the homeland and all those live outside Croatia,” said Plenković after his second cabinet won the vote of confidence in parliament.

He said that he offered dialogue to the Opposition and noted that some Opposition leaders “obviously misunderstood (his invitation for talks) a few days ago.”

After a debate that lasted the whole day, the Croatian 151-seat parliament on Thursday evening gave a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his second cabinet.

Thus, 76 MPs, who make up the ruling majority, voted for the new government, and 59 voted against, with no abstentions.

After the vote, Plenković and ministers were sworn in, except the new Justice and Public Administration Minister Ivan Malenica who is in home quarantine after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The cabinet of the Plenković government has four deputy prime ministers – Tomo Medved, Davor Božinović and Zdravko Marić from the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) slates, and Boris Miloševic of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) who will represent the ethnic minorities and will be in charge of human rights.

Medved is the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Božinović remains the Minister of the Interior and Marić stays in charge of the Ministry of Finance.

Nikolina Brnjac is the Minister of Tourism and Sport, Nataša Tramišak is in charge of Regional Development and European Funds, while Radovan Fuchs is the Minister of Science and Education.

Tomislav Ćorić is the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Darko Horvat is responsible for Construction, Physical Planning and State Assets, Mario Banožić serves as the Minister of Defence, Ivan Malenica will be the Minister of Public Administration and Justice, while Josip Aladrović heads the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy.

Nina Korzinek Obuljen continues as the Minister of Culture and Media, Gordan Grlić Radman remains the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vili Beroš stays in charge of the Ministry of Health, Marija Vučković continues as the Minister of Agriculture, and Oleg Butković as the Minister of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure./ibna