Finance Minister Zdravko Marić (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Finance Minister Zdravko Marić (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Yesterday's decision from the conflict of interest commission pertaining to Finance Minister Zdravko Marić and former Economy Minister Martina Dalić and their involvement in handling the Agrokor crisis, has prompted the opposition to call for Marić's resignation.

"After yesterday's admission from Minister Marić - who initially claimed that he didn't even know about the meetings - that not only had he attended the meetings, but did so as government's representative, makes it is clear that Prime Minister Plenković was very well informed as to what was going on in Agrokor and that the prime minister is the leader of the so-called Borg Group and Marić is his right hand man," said SDP leader Davor Bernardić.

Minister Marić has said that he plans on contesting the commission’s findings. "I have not formally received the commission's written decision, when I do, I will review it in detail and decide how I will comment said decision. But based on what I have seen to date, I can definitely say that I will take the appropriate legal action to challenge the decision."

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković noted that the opposition is trying to twist the commission’s decision into one of conflict of interest rather than a breach of principles. "The commission wasn't even addressing the concept of conflict of interest, nor were former minister Dalić and Minister Marić found to be in a conflict of interest. It is very important to make clear what the commission was deciding on."

Source: HRT