(Photo: HRT) (Photo: HRT)

Karlo Ressler, a 30-year-old adviser to the Prime Minister with practically no name-recognition, will be leading the HDZ’s list in the May 26 election for the European Parlaiment.

“This is a major challenge for me. I was born in 1989, just a few months after the HDZ was formed. What is more important is that we have answers to the challenges we are facing,” Ressler, also a European People’s Party Youth Vice President, said at a news conference.

Andrej Plenković, presenting the HDZ’s program titled “Croatia for the Generations”, said the party wanted to send a message that they are willing to give younger people a chance to create the future.

“It is the right moment to tell the public that the HDZ wants to send a message to young people that with hard work, knowledge, and effort they can come into a position to take on a major political role and I am confident the trust we place in them will be justified,” Plenković said.

The five chapters of the program are titled: A Successful European Croatia, A Europe of Growth and Entrepreneurship, A Europe of Christian Democratic Solidarity, A Europe for New Generations, and A Safe and Globally Strong Croatia.

The HDZ’s current MEP Dubravka Šuica is the second candidate on the list, followed by MP Tomislav Sokol, Željana Zovko, and former government spokesperson Sunčana Glavak in the number five position.  Andrej Plenković’s former assistant when he was an MEP, Marijana Balić is the sixth candidate, followed by Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk, State Secretary Nikolina Brnjac, Stjepan Ribić, Domagoj Maroević, Danijel Marušić and Stjepan Adanić.