After sharply condemning populism in his speech to the European People’s Party congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told reporters that this has been his policy since he took over the Croatian Democratic Union leadership.
“Strongly anchoring the Croatian Democratic Union right of centre, and not at the far end of the political spectre. Such policy projects stability, security, people and a program. Opinion polls confirm this. We have to maintain our course. I think this will be supported by the majority of Croatian citizens,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. “We have to handle signals,” added Plenković referring to growing populism in European countries. He believes the Croatian Democratic union can handle this well. “We will not even approach those that are at the far end of the political spectre, who, with their rhetoric, do not contribute to the progress of Croatian society but rather pull it backwards. I will sharply fight against this and there is no price we will not pay for this,” he said.
The Prime Minister commented the situation regarding the Marrakesh compact. “It has to do with legal migrations. Work was done on that document through public debate and the work of experts. Perhaps within the document, which is solid – there are certain formulations that evoke controversy in certain countries. We will do the following. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, along with other ministries will provide a report that it will send to parliament as information, because it isn’t legally binding. We need to fully demystify the debate. I see no reason why that catalogue of measures causes such controversy and generation of hysteria, always from the same actors,” said Plenković.
The Prime Minister added that it remains to be seen who will go to Marrakesh, because the invitation was addressed to the president. “I have not spoken with the president. There is no chaos. The government policy is clear on all these topics,” concluded the Prime Minister.