Protestors with banners reading ‘10% benefit for 100% damage’ and ‘Planned income from oil: Montenegro 65%, Croatia 55% ???’ greeted politicians as they turned up for work at parliament on Thursday morning in Zagreb….
“The entire procedure in this process is manipulative and non-transparent and the public in Croatia has the right to be full of doubt why only 55% of revenue from oil profits will go to Croatia’s budget, whilst neighbouring Montenegro plan to keep between 65 and 70% of income from oil,” said Toni Vidan from Zelena akcija (Green action).
Zelenaakcija, together with Zelena forum, organised Thursday’s protests in front of parliament buildings, demanding that the government hold an urgent meeting regarding the upcoming exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in Croatia’s Adriatic sea.
“We are here to warn of the danger and harmfulness of potential and planned contracts with concessionaires for oil drilling in the Adriatic”, said Vidan, before adding that even if 100% profits made their way to Croatia’s state budget they would still be against it, because ‘that could not cover the potential risks and damage that could be done’.
Vidan says that the Croatian public is not informed well enough and is not aware of the potential dangers associated with the oil and gas drilling project. (photos / Zelena akcija)