Heated debate was held in parliament today on the government's proposal for the law on holidays, commemorative days and non-working days.
The most comments were heard regarding the return of Statehood Day to May 30th and a proposal from the War Veterans Committee suggesting that Antifascist struggle day, June 22nd, no longer be a state holiday and instead become a commemorative day and working day.
“The committee will withdraw the amendment, once the government turns it down,” said the head of the Croatian Democratic Union club of representatives Branko Bačić.
The governing majority claim that May 30th is a date that was accepted in the public as Statehood Day and that is why they want to return it to that date from June.
“This is a simple historic falsification. The decision to hold multiparty elections was adopted earlier. The fact that the Croatian Democratic Union won those elections could be a reason for them to celebrate their win,” said Social Democratic Party MP Nenad Stazić.
The opposition accused the Croatian Democratic Union of privatizing the state with Democrat Mirando Mrsić claiming that the proposal is an attempt to carry out a lobotomy of society because their goal is to celebrate the day when the Croatian Democratic Union assumed office.
Branko Bačić refuted this noting that if the Croatian Democratic Union wanted to declare their win Statehood Day then it would have been April 22nd or May 6th when the first and second round of multiparty elections were held at which the Croatian Democratic Union won.
A proposed new holiday, November 18th, the Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Homeland War and Victims in Vukovar and Škabrnja, also caused controversy.
“The idea to celebrate, as a holiday, a tragedy, a defeat of humanity, is something that is not understandable and probably exists only in the Balkans,” said Glas party MP Vesna Pusić.
As far as the proposal from the War Veterans Committee is concerned, to change Antifascist Struggle Day into a commemorative day and a working day, Branko Bačić announced after a meeting of the Croatian Democratic Union club of representatives, that it was agreed they will withdraw the amendment when the government cabinet rejects it.
Meanwhile the Croatian Social Liberal Party, a junior partner in the governing coalition, is also not satisfied with the proposal and their leader Darinko Kosor said they will not vote for such a proposal.
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