Croatia’s new Economy Minister Djuro Popijac has warned that his government will have to take painful steps to tackle the country’s economic problems.
Parliament on Thursday confirmed Popijac’s appointment to the position of Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship with a majority vote. Parliamentarians also confirmed the appointment of Health Minister Darko Milinovic and Finance Minister Ivan Suker as new deputy prime ministers.
The appointments come after the previous incumbent Damir Polancec, who was both economy minister and deputy prime minister, resigned at the end of last month in the midst of a corruption scandal.
Popijac said some ‘painful’ measures were needed, especially in shipbuilding. “There are lot of inherited problems that are waiting for solutions, but not because someone was not doing their job, but because there are lot of issues. The key is to think out a new economic path and model,” he said.