18:56 / 12.02.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Opposition critical of government’s lack of response to spiraling inflation

SDP leader Peđa Grbin

SDP leader Peđa Grbin

Foto: Milan Sabic / PIXSELL

Prices continue to grow in Croatia as inflation is putting additional pressure on household budgets. Most agree that the cause behind the growth in prices is skyrocketing oil prices on the international market.

SDP Party President Peđa Grbin today accused government of being late in responding to the recent inflation. He added that inflation does not equally affect people with large salaries and those with small pensions: "There are a series of things that can be done. One is to reduce taxes for certain basic items, such as food. The second are short-term measures for pensioners, such as introducing a special inflation bonus. One long-term measure that we are proposing is to change the method for harmonizing pensions, so that they do not lose their purchasing power, or grow at a slower rate than salaries."

MOST MP Nikola Grmoja agrees that a government response is long overdue, but added that the country is also lacking an energy strategy: "Government is just now announcing their measures. So, it remains to be seen what they will be. But what is needed is a long-term energy strategy. We cannot be dependent on price volatility on international markets. And for this reason, on Monday we will hold a meeting of opposition parties, where we will present a draft interpellation of the government's work, which will contain short-term measures that are needed right now and long-term measures for our energy strategy."

Source: HRT

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