Representative of a civil initiative that opposes the sale of Croatian motorways, on Thursday opposed the government-sponsored Plan B regarding the monetisation of the debt of the motorways' operators, namely the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the HAC-ONC toll and maintenance company's shares to citizens and pension funds, saying they do not want the motorways to be sold to private capital.
The European Commission (EC) wishes to come to a satisfactory solution with Croatia concerning the excessive macroeconomic imbalances and expects Croatia to resolutely implement the necessary reforms, a public debate held in Zagreb on Wednesday heard.
The Constitutional Court has found that the proposed referendum question on the lease of motorways is not in line with the Constitution, ruling that a referendum may not be called.
Transport Minister Sinisa Hajdas Doncic on Thursday reiterated that the government would not abandon plans to monetise the debt of state motorway operators -- the Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ) --, but the cabinet would only change a model how to do it.
After the High Administrative Court had allowed the Croatian Government to continue hiding the amount that was paid to American law firm Patton Boggs LLP for the defense of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač in the appellate procedure before the International Tribunal in the Hague, GONG has filed a constitutional complaint challenging the High Administrative Court's ruling, as citizens have the right to know how budgetary funds are spent.