16:51 / 19.05.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

PM proposes meeting of Defence Council to discuss procurement of aircraft

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: IMS / HRT)

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: IMS / HRT)

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After President Zoran Milanović invited Prime Minister Andrej Plenković to convene a session of the Defense Council to discuss the procurement of military aircraft, the Prime Minister said that he had proposed two dates for the Council meeting - tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

"The government has been working on the analysis of all offers all this time," pointed out Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, recalling that President Zoran Milanović refused to appoint his representative to the aircraft procurement commission.

“Yesterday we had a presentation for the closer circle of ministers that are responsible for various aspects of this topic. And considering the fact that you saw the president had sent a memo to me regarding a session of the Defence Council, I responded today. We sent a proposal for two periods, tomorrow or the day after in the morning,” said Plenković.

Croatian President, Zoran Milanović, said that any choice of aircraft would be good.

“Let that decision be made already, it is odd to me that for almost half a year this has not been discussed within the government. A briefing with six ministers was necessary, along with the Chief of General Staff, who didn't really have much to do there, but it's good that he went as a formality. That means those people didn't talk about this earlier. What is a briefing, some Borg group? What kind of format is a briefing? In the end the decision will be made by the prime minister anyway, or Šeks in the Croatian Democratic Union,” said President Milanović.

Procurement of aircraft was also commented on in the corridors of parliament.

“We in the Social Democratic Party are for the procurement of planes; the decision is up to the government. In the same manner we expressed a certain concern, when the situation in Banovina is in question, when you look at that and see 30 or 40 thousand people that are practically waiting for winter in containers, and from the last report we know everything is at a standstill there, and then this worries us a lot,” said Defense Committee Chairman Franko Vidović.

The "We Can!" platform has a similar opinion, Sandra Benčić pointed out problems in healthcare and the need for assistance to earthquake affected areas.

Meanwhile Marija Selak Raspudić from the MOST party has said that, when it comes to the procurement of aircraft, we are already at two minutes to midnight, and concluded that regardless of whether French or American planes are chosen, questions will arise as to whether this was a good choice and whether we are already too late.

Source: HRT

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