Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in parliament today (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in parliament today (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Besides listing government successes Prime Minister Andrej Plenković made one announcement that gained the most attention:

“It is the responsibility of the government to care for all workers in the public and private sector and to ensure a further increase of their salaries in the coming years, for this to be sustainable for tax payers, those that pay for all of this. Therefore, and I will say this now for the first time, we will offer a salary increase in the coming year amounting to a little more than six percent, 6.12 percent, for all state and public servants, in three waves of increases, two percent at a time, for all,” said Plenković.

The prime minister noted that as a result of the proposal a decrease in the rate of Value Added Tax by one percent, planned for January 1st, will be postponed.

Meanwhile the opposition reacted to Prime Minister Plenković's list of successes by reminding him of problems. They accused the government of dealing with less important issues such as the dates of national holidays, while younger people are immigrating to other countries. They also accused Plenković of dealing in political bartering.

“Due to the general atmosphere in the country and small salaries, many young work capable people are leaving our country. You don't shy away from anything, not even political corruption, which you used to secure a majority in parliament. Because of that this parliament no longer represents the will of the people. The governing majority is held together only due to interest,” said Social Democratic Party leader Davor Bernardić.

“Every now and again someone walks across St. Mark's square, blackmailing one another, even publically in front of cameras, while almost half the government has been replaced because they are under investigation by the Office for Prevention of Corruption and Organized Crime. I can't call this political stability, I can call it a crisis. I only have one question, how long will the agony of this government last and the crushing of absolutely all citizens,” asked MOST party leader Božo Petrov.

Source: HRT