18:24 / 28.11.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Government rejects over 400 proposed amendments to 2023 budget

MP Davor Dreter from the Homeland Movement

MP Davor Dreter from the Homeland Movement

Foto: Patrik Macek / Pixsell

MPs voted on amendments to government's proposed state budget for 2023 at a marathon session on Monday. 

A total of 435 amendments were submitted, of which only three were submitted by the parliamentary majority, while one was jointly submitted by the majority and opposition; the remaining 431 were from the opposition.

All but ten of the proposed amendments were rejected, while 58 were declared invalid.

"The message this sends is completely clear. The ruling coalition is in a position of power, so they are completely uninterested in anything the opposition says or does. At least one of the 400 or so proposed amendments should have been good enough to be accepted. But, no, of course not," said MP Davor Dreter from the Homeland Movement.

Just the Most party had submitted more than a hundred amendments. Their leader, Božo Petrov, believes the ruling coalition rejected their amendments without even considering them.

"Unfortunately they only look at who submitted the amendments and not what they contain. There were some great proposals put forth by the opposition. I hope for the benefit of all Croatian citizens that one day this practice will end," said Petrov.

A vote on the budget itself is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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