Croatian Growth

Hrast-Movement for Successful Croatia
President Ladislav Ilčić[1]
Founded 23 November 2012
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Ideology Social conservatism
Political Catholicism
National conservatism
Christian democracy
Political position Right-wing
Colours      Light blue
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Croatian Growth (Croatian: Hrvatski rast, acronym Hrast is a Croatian word for Oak tree) or Hrast-Movement for Successful Croatia is a political party in Croatia established in 2012. Its founding was initiated by several conservative Catholic NGOs, Croatian section of Radio Maria, Croatian Republican Union, Family Party, Christian Democrat politician Ante Ledić, author Hrvoje Hitrec and two candidates in 2010 Presidential elections in Croatia, historian Josip Jurčević and Miroslav Tuđman, son of first Croatian president Franjo Tuđman.[2] The party maintains contacts with European Christian Political Movement.[3]

In the European Parliament election, 2013, Croatian Growth received 2,55% of votes, which was not enough to gain a seat.

The party participated in the Patriotic Coalition at the Croatian parliamentary election, 2015. In that election, it became possible for candidates to receive preferential votes, and the candidates of Hrast won a total of 8,800 (out of a coalition total of 771,070).[4]

Ladislav Ilčić served as MP until new Croatian parliamentary election, 2016 when he was replaced by Hrvoje Zekanović, party's vicepresident.

Since April 2018 HRAST is no longer part of the ruling HDZ coalition because of disagreement over the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  2. Arhiva - stari 2. "". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  3. "Ladislav Ilčić on the European elections and the situation in Croatia | ECPM". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. Suzana Barilar (13 November 2015). "Preferencijalni glasovi". Jutarnji list (in Croatian).
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