The first session of Parliament in Croatia this week began a day earlier than usual, due to a heated debate on the 2024 budget proposal. The session began with presentations from different political parties, each presenting their own agenda and priorities.
Marin Miletić of the Most Party spoke about the importance of family-focused policies and promoting pro-natal measures, while also criticizing others for promoting gender ideology. He emphasized the need for a safe Croatia and for the nation to be part of the EU on certain terms. Marijan Pavliček, leader of the Sovereignist party, criticized Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković for her handling of the African swine fever outbreak.
Branko Grcic of SDP discussed the budget, expressing concerns about the deficit and increased expenditures. Jelena Miloš of We Can Club criticized the government for not implementing necessary reforms in housing, education, healthcare, and employment policies. She highlighted the housing crisis and emigration caused by low wages.
Marijana Puljak representing Center Club GLAS and First Name Party expressed deep concern about the state of education system in Croatia. She questioned values promoted by prime minister and ruling party particularly on issues such as doctorate plagiarism, academic honesty and importance of education. She stressed that rebuilding education system is essential as foundation for social growth and economic development which is a preview to issues that will be discussed during upcoming super election year in Croatia.