After the Conflict of Interest Committee opened a case against President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović for possibly receiving a disallowed gift (related to an examination at a private clinic for which she received a 20% discount, which is more than the allowed value of 500 kuna) the President of the Conflict of Interest Committee Nataša Novaković has explained why the case was opened.
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.
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