The conflict of interest committee addressed two cases today: one regarding the use of the government plane by Croatian Democratic Union members for a trip to Helsinki and the other on Finance Minister Zdravko Marić’s failure to exclude himself from a loan approval process at the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The conflict of interest committee has adopted a decision saying that officials Andrej Plenković, Davor Božinović, Tomislav Tolušić, Lovro Kuščević and Nada Murganić all violated principles of activity, or in other words acted unreasonably, irresponsibly and non-transparently because they failed to submit documents regarding their trip to Helsinki for more than a year.
The committee will not open a case regarding the controversial trip precisely because documents have not been submitted.
“I don't know in what manner or how to interpret and explain that something which is indisputable on all counts is even a topic of interest. That was the first message from the first response: we as the government don't see a single logically valid reason for this to even be a case of interest for the committee, and that is the end,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
The committee also opened a case against Finance Minister Zdravko Marić for violating principles of activity because he did not exclude himself during a loan approval process at the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As the president of the oversight board of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development Marić should have excluded himself when a decision was adopted regarding approval of a loan to his friend, entrepreneur Josip Stojanović Đoli.
Furthermore a case has been opened against Marić for a possible violation of the law which should determine if Marić, who was seen with Stojanović at the Croatia vs England match at the World Cup in Russia, bought the ticket for the match himself or if he accepted a gift that is not allowed.
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