Citizens Won't Be Left at Mercy of Price Hikes, Deputy PM Says

By 4 June 2022
Citizens Won't Be Left at Mercy of Price Hikes, Deputy PM Says
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ZAGREB, 4 June 2022 - Deputy Prime Minister Tomo Medved said on Saturday he was confident that at its session at the beginning of next week the government would adopt measures to stop energy price hikes, adding that citizens would not be left on their own.

"I'm confident that these measures we will adopt... will again be aimed at stopping the (price) growth and at helping our population, just as we have done throughout this time behind us," he told the press in Karlovac.

Medved said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was working together with Economy Minister Davor Filipović and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić on concrete measures, including excise taxes and the possibility of cutting margins.

"We see that energy prices are rising. Croatia has dealt with that successfully so far, using every measure at our disposal. Our people certainly won't be left at the mercy of rampant energy price hikes."

Asked if the measures were late and about his stand on variable excises as mentioned by the opposition, Medved said "the opposition is proposing without responsibility and constantly criticising, which is understandable," but "the government has the responsibility and has so far reacted with timely and appropriate measures, and it will do so now."

He said he was confident that "citizens know, very much so, the effort the government is making so that they can weather the burden of these price hikes more easily, and we will come up with available measures to help them."

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