Austrian MEP backs Tomislav Tomašević, says green policies are neither left nor right
ZAGREB, May 18, 2021 – Thomas Waitz, co-chair of the European Green Party, said in an interview with Hina that green policies are neither left nor right, but rather focused on dealing with the consequences of human actions on the climate and environment.
Waitz, an Austrian member of the European Parliament, visited Croatia in early May at the invitation of the leader of the Croatian OraH party, Zorislav Antun Petrović, to support the candidates of the Green Left coalition in the campaign ahead from the local. elections organized by Croatia on May 16.
On Monday, this Austrian MEP congratulated Tomislav Tomašević of the Green-Left coalition for a convincing victory in local polls in the city of Zagreb. Tomašević won 45% of the vote in the first round of the mayoral elections in the Croatian capital and will face Miroslav Škoro of the Fatherland Movement (12% of the vote) in the second round scheduled for May 30. The Tomašević-led coalition won the city assembly elections and lacked an absolute majority seat.
On Monday, Waitz tweeted: “Congratulations to the Green-Left coalition for their excellent result in the local elections in Zagreb yesterday.”
“The Green-Left coalition won 23/47 seats in the City Assembly! Zagreb deserves a citizen-led democratic movement to lead the recovery efforts,” added the Austrian politician.
The European Green Party also said its partners in Croatia were focused on the green recovery from the earthquake and promised to end patronage and mismanagement in the city.
Waitz, whose Green Party is a junior partner in the ruling coalition led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Austria, said in the interview released by Hina on Tuesday that preserving the planet could be seen as generally conservative policy, because we want to protect the planet for future generations.
EU expects Croatia to invest in rail lines
Commenting on possible demands arising from the European Green Deal for Croatia, Waitz recalled that the Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the climate legislature in April, according to which the EU set an interim target of reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% or more by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions means reducing dependence on fossil fuels. That is why Waitz recommends that Croatia invest more in the rail network.
The European Union expects Croatia to implement such projects. Please invest in rail lines to Ljubljana, Maribor, Graz, Budapest and Belgrade, said the Austrian MEP.
He recalled that the EU’s farm-to-fork policy envisages reducing the use of pesticides by 50% until 2030 and, in this context, he urged Croatia to invest in the education and training of young farmers in sustainable agriculture.
He also noted that mass tourism can be sustainable and, in this context, advocated providing hotels and establishments catering to tourists with locally produced food.
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