MOST Calls for New Law on Mountainous Regions

By 28 February 2018

ZAGREB, February 28, 2018 - Commenting on the current harsh weather conditions, MOST party MP Miro Bulj and Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) MP Milorad Pupovac warned on Wednesday that less developed Croatian regions were particularly affected, with Bulj calling for the adoption of a good law on mountainous regions.

"It's good that the Croatian army responds in cases of inclement weather, but the regions of Dalmatia, Zagora, Lika and Gorski Kotar have been forgotten and 250,000 people live there," said Bulj. He said that the current law on mountainous regions had been changed seven times and was still not good. If it were good, communities in the less developed regions would have sufficient fiscal capacity to deal with harsh weather on their own, said Bulj.

MP Pupovac said that it was good to see the prime minister visit Delnice in Gorski Kotar and that the army was the first to respond. "But areas south of Karlovac and all the way to Knin and Obrovac in the Dalmatian hinterland are still covered in ice," he said.

Those people have been cut off from the rest of the world for days. On the one hand, that shows the lack of technical preparation and on the other, the lack of our social and human empathy as a society and state. It is as if those regions and people living there were not part of Croatia, said Pupovac.

"Thanks to the defence minister, the Croatian army has been on the ground in the area of Gračac and has been moving towards the settlements affected the most, however, the area bordering with Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be accessed and we have to do our best to help those people because they, too, are Croatian citizens," said Pupovac.