Prime Minister Accuses Critics of LNG Terminal of Populism

By 9 March 2018

ZAGREB, March 9, 2018 – Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday that some political stakeholders, primarily the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the MOST party, "are now signing a different tune" about the future LNG terminal on the Krk island, saying that as a state and a society we must decide if we want to use these strategic energy projects to put Croatia in a proper place on the map of Europe.

Asked if the government was going through with the realisation of the LNG terminal project on Krk, against which protests have grown more frequent as of late, Plenković said that numerous political stakeholders who only several years ago sang a different tune were now changing their opinion for opportunistic and populist reasons.

Asked who he was referring too, Plenković said the SDP. "Look at what the SDP has been saying, what MOST has been saying. When MOST was part of the government, I believe we boasted together about the fact that we had received more than 100 million euro from the European Commission for that project. In my opinion, things are very simple," Plenković told reporters on the fringes of a conference called "Better regulations as part of the reform agenda".

He underscored that, as a state and a society, Croatia must decide whether it will promote anti-European, anti-investment and anti-development forces or organise itself as a society which will use strategic energy projects to put Croatia in an adequate place on the map of Europe.