19:12 / 25.04.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Plenković: Cabinet re-shuffle will be before lawmakers on Friday

Andrej Plenković

Andrej Plenković

Foto: HTV / HRT

Prime Minister and HDZ leader Andrej Plenković confirmed on Monday that his cabinet re-shuffle would be put before the Croatian Parliament on Friday, but declined to give further details.

Plenković told reporters that the names of the new ministers would be made public only after he met with coalition leaders. The Prime Minister met with the leadership of his party on Monday, discussing key issues including the elections in Slovenia and France, the Jasenovac commemoration, and the cabinet re-shuffle.

“We will talk about the details after the meetings with the parliamentary majority,” he said.

Asked about the investigations into alleged corruption by Minister Ivan Paladina related to his prior job in the private sector, Plenković declined to comment and said that this had nothing to do with the cabinet re-shuffle.

“As far as his private business is concerned before he became a minister, he needs to resolve it in the way he thinks is best,” he said.

He addressed the fuel price increase that will take effect at midnight.

“It is all part of what is happening in the markets, but thanks our margin limits, excise duty cuts and bio component reductions, we have managed to keep the prices shifts to around two kuna less than they would be otherwise,” said Plenković.

He also commented on the elections in Slovenia and France.

“The elections in France ended exactly as I predicted at one press conference, that Macron would win, which is very good for us. I congratulated him and I think it is good for France and Europe, but also for French-Croatian relations,” said Plenković.

As for the elections in Slovenia, Plenković said he had supported Janez Janša, whom he called a "friend” and said tensions between the two countries had relaxed during his tenure. He also noted economic cooperation had improved and Croatia had gained strong support from Slovenia for joining the Schengen Area and the eurozone since Janša became prime minister.

“Everything the two of us did, I think it was really good. Congratulations to Golob on his victory. He is a new face on the political scene,” Plenković concluded.

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