The complete speech of the President of CEA, Mrs. Gordana Deranje, given below:
"Ladies and gentleman,
respected representatives of political parties and coalitions, respected entrepreneurs and employers, distinguished guests,
I am glad that today's and previous discussions organized by the CEA and Hanza media aroused great interest. This proves that we managed to succeed in shifting the focus of the election campaign to real issues, and more importantly - to search for the right answers.
In the last campaign, much was said about the reforms, but unfortunately after the campaign we didn't see any results. In this campaign reforms have fallen into the background, but we are rightly worried about what will happen after the elections when they should be implemented. In this campaign again we heard a lot of brave and grandiose promises. But few plausible explanations that give assurance that are well thought, realistic and achievable.
It seems to me as if none of our political options are aware enough of the truth about the world we live in today. And we live in a globalized world that changes quickly. In a world that is literally changing every day. Therefore, I will repeat what I said at our Entrepreneurs' Day - only individuals, the organizations, companies and countries that themselves change and adapt to this new world today can be successful. All the others are losers.
Croatia is unfortunately among them. Although we in the CEA like many many other groups, call for substantial and deep changes, the political elite and certain interest groups which correspond to this situation, are still reserved to them.