Chairwoman says Commission was not under political pressure

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.

Last update: Thu, 23/06/2016 - 15:40

More from Croatia

Petrov and Bulj not stripped of immunity in private suit

The parliamentary Credentials and Privileges Commission (MIP) on Tuesday rejected motions to strip two Bridge...

Croatian PM says economy minister wouldn't put private interest before state's

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that Deputy PM and Economy Minister Martina Dalic enjoyed his full...

Bloomberg ranks Croatia 41st among 50 most innovative economies

According to Bloomberg's innovation index, Croatia is ranked 41st among the 50 most innovative economies, down three...

By year's end companies to be set up 'without paper', says minister

Minister of Economy Martina Dalic said during Question Time in Parliament on Tuesday that the government's Action...

Researcher writes to Croatian PM and Sabor Speaker providing evidence of minister's plagiarism

Prominent Croatian researcher Ivan Djikic on Tuesday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and...