Interview 30 May 17

Opposition Candidate for Zagreb Mayor Announces Changes

Anka Mrak-Taritas, the opposition Zagreb mayor candidate, challenges the incumbent Milan Bandic, promising new construction and recycling projects, and reforms of kindergartens, schools and the traffic system.

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Anka Mrak-Taritas in Zagreb's upper old town. Photo: HNS

“I want to change this city; change in the way of city management, not just financial, but to systematically and transparently manage all processes,” said 58-year-old MP Mrak-Taritas, from the liberal Croatian People’s Party, HNS, during an interview with BIRN.

Swiftly becoming a candidate for virtually the whole opposition, when the Social Democratic Party, SDP, decided to support her, Mrak-Taritas became the strongest challenger yet to Zagreb’s incumbent mayor Milan Bandic. The second round of local elections is set for June 4.

A graduate of Zagreb’s Faculty of Architecture, she spent a big portion of her career in management positions related to urban planning and construction.

After 11 years of working in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, she was the head of the Zagreb office for planning between 2003 and 2005, and finally, Minister of Construction and Urban Planning between 2011 and 2015.

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