20:33 / 18.06.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Parliament narrowly passes budget revision

Silvano Hrelja

Silvano Hrelja

Foto: Marko Lukunic / PIXSELL

The revised budget will raise revenues by 3 billion Kuna to 150.3 billion, while expenditures will rise by 9.4 billion Kuna to 167.4 billion Kuna.

Government's budget revision was passed in parliament today with 77 votes, one more than the minimum required. The extra vote came from the Pensioner's Party and Silvano Hrelja, who up until yesterday was aligned with the opposition and the SDP. He supported the revision after agreeing to work with government on the planned survivor’s pension, which will allow widows, common law partners, same sex partners, children, parents and divorced spouses to claim rights to the deceased's pension.

Here's how Hrelja commented on accusations that he had swapped loyalties for personal interests: "I would say I am an accelerator in this process. We are on the same path, but our tempos are different. When our citizens benefit from what I have done here, and even up until then, I will proudly wear these epithets in the knowledge that I can do something for these people."

SDP leader Peđa Grbin had this to say about today's vote: "No one can be offended by the truth, the truth can only hurt, and this truth hurts. The truth is that this government continues to promote corruption, and uses precisely these corrupt methods in putting together its majority in parliament. That is the reality in Croatia, and we in the SDP will fight against this reality."

Source: HRT

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