With only 4 votes against, Croatian parliament passed a law today on the reconstruction of buildings damaged by the earthquake in the area of Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb counties. 124 deputies voted for the law. 10 of them abstained.
The opposition, which supported the law, said that it was not ideal, but that people whose homes were damaged in the earthquake should be helped, and immediately.
The law on the reconstruction of Zagreb and the two counties after the earthquake was passed after the government accepted a number of amendments, with broad support, which Prime Minister Andrej Plenković immediately welcomed via social media with the message that along with intervention measures, we have a quality and sustainable legal framework for the reconstruction of Zagreb.
„There is no doubt that this is the most complex law after reconstruction following the Homeland War and we are grateful for all the proposals, I must tell the critics that no law can solve all problems and all issues,“ said Domagoj Ivan Milošević from the Croatian Democratic Union.
Peđa Grbin from the Social Democratic Party also supported the law.
„We voted on the law because we think that this kind of law is better than no law, but we will monitor its implementation,” said Grbin.
This was also announced by other opposition clubs that supported the law.
“We did not help them pass a law to make them lazy, we are aware that the government has over-ambitiously announced the amount of money to help citizens, but we would be the last in the world to prevent people from being helped in any way,” said Miroslav Škoro from the Homeland Movement.
Marija Selak Raspudić of the Most party abstained.
“We cannot lie to the citizens, nor did the law enable the creation of a real social criteria, nor did it enable complete urban reconstruction, which is the only reason why a new law should have been drafted,” said Selak Raspudić.
Voting in Parliament was conducted under special epidemiological measures with a video link to members of parliament who are in self-isolation.
“Colleague Franković, colleagues Zekanović, Bačić and Bartulica, you have gone down in history,” said Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković when addressing those in self-isolation following the vote.
With today's vote, the Parliament ended its two-week extraordinary session, and it will meet for a new, regular session, on Wednesday.
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