The Conflict of Interest Commission chairwoman Dalija Oreskovic has said that the Commission was not under political pressure when it ruled about Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko being in a conflict of interest.
The ruling, adopted on Wednesday, was based on the fact that Karamarko made suggestions about Croatia's withdrawal from the arbitration with MOL over INA at a Council for Cooperation meeting.
Croatia's government and MOL, INA's two major stakeholders, are involved in two arbitration proceedings over their relations in INA.
After Karamarko's comment that the Council of Cooperation meeting was an informal gathering, Dalija Oreskovic told the HRT national broadcaster on Wednesday evening that this Council had a certain political legitimacy and political clout.
She also explains that the developments surrounding the entire case give rise to doubt the motives behind Karamarko's behaviour.
On Wednesday Karamarko stepped down as Deputy PM.