Sunday, 25 November 2018

MOST Against Giving Same-Sex Couples Right to Provide Foster Care

ZAGREB, November 25, 2018 – MOST party leader Božo Petrov said on Saturday that children are born and raised in an emotional and physical union of a man and a woman and that the parliament should take that into account when making decisions on adoption and foster care. Commenting on a bill on foster care and the possibility of giving same-sex couples right to provide foster care, Petrov said that children's interests should be above any other interests. He stressed that children raised by "substitute parents" were stigmatised and that if raised by same-sex couples, they would be stigmatised even more.

If homosexuality was generally accepted in society, there would be no need for gay parades, he added.

Petrov also commented on the decision by the Conflict of Interest Commission to launch proceedings against Prime Minister Andrej Plenković who failed to declare his relationship with Igor Pokaz at the time of his appointment as ambassador to the United Kingdom and the fact that he was the best man at Pokaz's wedding, as well as on the Commission's decision to launch proceedings against Environment and Energy Minister Tomislav Ćorić.

"I believe that an office-holder must not use their position to help people close to them get hired," Petrov said, adding that he hoped the commission would do its job at least in that case and that its decision would not be influenced by political pressure.

Petrov also said that considering the way the commission was formed, the latest case seemed to be more about power games within the ruling coalition than about a serious approach to dealing with conflict of interest.

As for current disputes in the ruling coalition, Petrov said that politics should not be about "blackmail potential".

For more on the MOST activities pn these and other issues, click here.

Monday, 29 October 2018

MOST Leader Mocks Former Economy Minister’s Agrokor Book

ZAGREB, October 29, 2018 - The leader of the opposition MOST party Božo Petrov said on Monday in a mocking comment on the book entitled "Agrokor: Slom Ortačkog Kapitalizma (Agrokor: The Collapse of Crony Capitalism, in an unofficial translation) by Martina Dalić, former economy minister, that it in fact presented the "beatification of Saint Martina, the patron of free market."

The book is to be officially launched on Monday afternoon, and the event prompted Petrov to say that the whole story is "about the beatification of the patron saint of free market."

Petrov also ironically commented that the process of "beatification" was led by Gojko Drljača, a reporter and columnist in the Jutarnji List daily of the Hanza Media publishing house which was why it would offer 45,000 free-of-charges copies of that "hagiography" about Martina Dalić.

When the Agrokor crisis broke out, the MOST party was a junior partner in the ruling coalition, and in her book Martina Dalić writes that it was Božo Petrov of the MOST who had proposed that money collected from taxpayers should be used to bail out the Konzum retail chain in the Agrokor Group.

In response to these claims, Petrov said today that there had been several models proposed how to salvage the group, however, the model proposed by Dalić, who was at the time economy minister, prevailed. "In comparison to all other models, our model did not include the services of consultants, favouritism in awarding jobs and roll-up loans. And, let us not be beguiled by their arguments, each model is in fact state interventionism, including what they those in power have done in addressing the Agrokor crisis," said Petrov.

As for the announced participation of the Croatian National Bank (HNB) Governor Boris Vujčić at today's launch of the book, Petrov said "they are all the same." "What we could see from statements by 'Saint Martina', Governor Vujčić also cooperated with them, while we had no idea about that. They are all the same," the MOST party chief said.

If you are interested in reading more about the Agrokor affair, click here.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Ivica Todorić Comments on Government, Dalić's Hotmail Affair, and Extradition

The ex Agrokor boss and current fugitive in London gave an interview to Dnevnik Nove TV ahead of the British ruling on his extradition to Croatia to face trial.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

MOST Leader Petrov Reported for Conflict of Interest

ZAGREB, August 25, 2018 - Secretary-General of the Živi Zid party Tihomir Lukanić has reported MOST party leader Božo Petrov to the Conflict of Interest Commission claiming that it is obvious from a report by the State Prosecutor's Office (DORH) that Petrov had lied about meetings of a task force that worked on the "Lex Agrokor," Živi Zid said in a press release on Saturday.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

52 Reasons to Dismiss a Minister

ZAGREB, August 22, 2018 - The MOST party on Wednesday presented 52 reasons why they are calling for Health Minister Milan Kujundžić to be replaced while Kujundžić said that he was adamant that he would sue three lawmakers and request that their medical licences be revoked.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

MOL to Have Full Control over INA Oil Company?

ZAGREB, August 9, 2018 -The MOST party leader Božo Petrov expressed fear on Thursday that the government-sponsored draft law on the privatisation of the oil and gas group INA, which has been put to public consideration, would actually revoke Article 10 of the existing legislation, which would clear the way for MOL to completely take over the biggest Croatian company.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Opposition Rejects Government’s Tax Cuts

ZAGREB, July 28, 2018 – MOST party president Božo Petrov said in the northern Croatian city of Čakovec on Saturday that everyone in Croatia should be entitled to a dignified life which is why salaries must go up and "cosmetic changes the government has announced", namely a 60 kuna increase for salaries amounting to less than 6,000 kuna, most certainly will not help salaries go up."

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Plenković and Kolinda Less and Less Popular

While Andrej and Kolinda spend time refusing to see eye to eye on key matters, the public loses their already weak confidence in the pair...

Friday, 1 June 2018

MOST Leader Wants Government to Adopt His Party’s Proposals

ZAGREB, June 1, 2018 - The leader of the opposition MOST party Božo Petrov said on Friday that he was pleased that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović had commended the party's work, and criticised the government for ignoring bills that MOST had put forward to parliament.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Plenković Calls on MOST Leader to Explain Agrokor Moves

ZAGREB, May 23, 2018 - "Let Božo Petrov think back well and say who he had invited," Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Wednesday when asked if he could confirm media reports according to which lawyer Boris Šavorić was hired by the government as a person enjoying his confidence.

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