The President of the Conflict of Interest Committee Nataša Novaković (Photo: Marko lukunić) The President of the Conflict of Interest Committee Nataša Novaković (Photo: Marko lukunić)

Speaking for Croatian Radio Television the President of the Conflict of Interest Committee, Nataša Novaković, has said that the Conflict of Interest Committee has opened a case due to an oversight by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović related to a private examination at a polyclinic - because an example is in question that has, until now, not been before the committee and new standards could be set.

The committee must determine if a gift by Radiokirurgija Zagreb is allowed - by which, instead of 7 700 kuna for a magnetic resonance scan of her entire body, the president received a 1 450 kuna discount, which is three times higher than the value of a gift that a public official may receive.

“This is an example that has until now not been before the committee. We haven't had a case related to discounts given to public officials and we thought it would be good to open a case considering the fact that a new case is in question in which we can set new standards. I have to emphasize that it would not be disputable if it was a question of officials receiving discounts that are equal for all. However, it wouldn't be good, if, through eventual discounts, hidden gifts were given in a manner in which, especially when bigger amounts are in question, officials receive bigger discounts that are not available to others in the same situation,” said Novaković.

Source: HRT