European Parliament (Photo: Pixabay) European Parliament (Photo: Pixabay)

According to the poll, the party of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković will win half of Croatia’s seat in European Parliament, meaning six seats. The largest opposition party, the SDP, will take only three. The remaining three seats will go the Živi Zid activist party and the Most Independent Slate.

These figures are based on the first round of projections on the composition of the new parliament based on public opinion polls conducted in member states earlier this month. Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister and senior HDZ official, Marija Pejčinović Burić, is confident in a strong showing from her party.

"We are confident that the HDZ will win these elections with a convincing majority, just as we did at the previous elections, and that we will be by far the best political party, that will show itself as a true democratic and patriotic party that knows how to protect Croatia's interests and simultaneously integrate European values into our systems," Pejčinović Burić said.

Incumbent SDP Member of European Parliament Biljana Borzan feels the poll inly gives a rough idea of what is to be expected. "This survey, like any other, gives a rough picture of what to expect. However, what is missing in this survey, is that it did not take into account the Amsterdam Coalition, but rather viewed the coalition through its individual members, none of which would surpass the election threshold on their own. But together as a coalition, a different result is likely."

For its part MOST is projected to only take one seat, although the party's political secretary Nikola Grmoja is confident his party will garner two.

"We are aware of the support we have among the citizens, and we are going for two seats. What is important here, is that after these elections, Croatia will definitely get representatives who are there to represent the interests of the Croatian citizens and representatives with a backbone," Grmoja said.

Precisely what effect any of Croatia's 12 members of European Parliament can have is highly questionable, given that MEPs can neither propose legislation nor propose the rescinding of existing legislation. They also do not have a binding vote in the appointment of the European Commission and its members.

Source: HRT