Only days after the resignation of Economy Minister Martina Dalić - the chief author of the so-called Lex Agrokor - Wednesday's government cabinet session once again focused on the priority of reaching a settlement deal with Agrokor's creditors by the July 10th deadline.
It still remains to be seen exactly how much damage the so-called Hotmail affair and the minister's resignation has done to the settlement process.
"At this moment, we must all come together, especially the emergency management team, and invest even more effort so that we may reach a settlement by the July 10th deadline, and ensure the continued functionality of the Agrokor consortium and their future economic stability," said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
Foreign and European Affairs Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić reassured that the government coalition was stable, despite Dalić's resignation: "The government is stable and the ruling coalition is also stable. Furthermore, the fact that recently the Lex Agrokor has been adopted into the European Union legal framework goes to show that the law was written with the correct intentions. Now, it's important that this process reaches its conclusion."
And as for the minister's replacement, media is speculating that Environment and Energy Minister Tomislav Ćorić is the leading candidate to take over as the Economy minister.
Finance Minister Zdravko Marić weighed in on the matter, saying Minister Ćorić was a highly competent minister and would do a great job as Dalić's replacement.
For his part, Minister Ćorić had this to say: "I trust that next Friday the Croatian parliament will vote on the new minister. My priority, first and foremost, is to complete my duties in a quality manner and to the best of my abilities. In this regard, I hope I continue to enjoy the support of the prime minister."
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