The MOST party's club of representatives in parliament held a news conference today titled “The Proposed Law on Conflict of Interest.” They consider the proposed law to be a poor solution from a procedural and content aspect. They also note that the working group tasked with drafting the law did not consult with anyone while preparing the proposal.
MOST finds certain portions of the proposal problematic, such as the fact that in the future public officials will not need to transfer authority in private companies they own to a different person. MOST is also dissatisfied with the fact that the Conflict of Interest Committee will not be able to initiate a procedure on the basis of an anonymous report, while they will also be obliged to tell a given individual that a procedure has been initiated against them the moment it is launched.
“I can't believe that this is a serious proposal because with this we cannot fight conflicts of interest in Croatian society. I don't think it's necessary to emphasize that on lists ranking the trust of citizens in the system, Croatia is at the bottom of Europe, but we could also say the world, this on the Doing Business Index and the Index of Perception of Corruption in Society. It is also unnecessary to emphasize how much conflict of interest is rooted in our society,” said MOST MP Nikola Grmoja.
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