Davor Nađi, the leader of Fokus, stated at a press conference at the Parliament on Monday that the HDZ’s “super pre-election budget” for the upcoming year is evidence that they are in significant trouble and will likely lose the elections. Nađi accused the HDZ of using taxpayer money to buy votes, with expenses for employees and citizen transfers increasing significantly. Despite an increase in European fund revenues, these revenues have been reduced by one billion euros in the proposed budget plan for next year.
Nađi highlighted that employee expenses have increased by 70% and citizen and household transfers have increased by 50% over just two years. He criticized the budget as an attempt by the HDZ to improve their popularity but argued that it does not address any actual problems.
Dario Zurovec also spoke out at the conference, pointing out the disproportionate expenses of Croatian Roads and the lack of sports facilities in Croatia despite large investments in projects like Slavonija Project. He believes that government policies have failed and are causing bigger problems for Croatia.
When asked about Ustashi shouts during a commemoration in Vukovar, Damir Bajs expressed his expectation for police to treat rioters similarly to how they handled recent unruly football fans.