Croatia's shipbuilding sector was discussed in parliament on Wednesday. Regional political parties from the Istra County and the broader Rijeka area called on government to give the shipyards another chance, while the Živi Zid Party announced plans to file criminal charges.
Živi Zid Party leader Ivan Vilibor Sinčić said his party would file criminal charges against Economy Minister Darko Horvat, the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development and another five cabinet ministers, for preferential treatment and fraud with regard to subsidizing Uljanik's strategic partner Tomislav Debeljak.
"This entire process was being watched by other ministers, who were members of the supervisory board of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This includes Ministers Zdravko Marić, Gari Capelli, Tomislav Tolušić, Predrag Štromar and Gabrijela Žalac. So, we are filing criminal charges against all of them as well," Sinčić said.
Istrian Democratic Assembly MP Tulio Demetlika called on government to take the appropriate steps to save shipyard. "Every time the government did something in terms of resolving the crisis in Uljanik it was late, insufficient and inadequate. Unfortunately Uljanik has become a synonym for the ignorance and incompetence of this government."
Pension Party leader Silvano Hrelja blamed all previous governments as well as the incumbent one of incompetence. "Over the past 30 years the state covered debts in state-owned companies and bought social peace, and it definitely never had any idea of what it would do with Croatia's shipbuilding sector."