Court not authorised to appoint temporary governor of public broadcaster

The High Commercial Court has dismissed the appeal by the supervisory board of the public broadcaster HRT against the Commercial Court ruling rejecting the supervisory board's proposal that Mario Raguz be appointed temporary governor after the term of acting HRT director-general Sinisa Kovacic expires in September.

The High Commercial Court said that the Commercial Court is not authorised to appoint a temporary director because the law only provides for the appointment of a director-general or acting director-general, which falls within the authority of the national parliament.

"Given that under the HRT Act the Croatian Parliament is the only body that is authorised to appoint a director-general or acting director-general, its duty is to follow the law and appoint a director-general when their term expires or they are relieved of their duties, or to appoint an acting director-general," the High Commercial Court said, as quoted by Jutarnji List newspaper. It added that the first-instance court did right in rejecting the proposal.

The supervisory board warned in mid-July that after September 5, when Kovacic's term was expiring, the only possibility under the law was to appoint a temporary governor of the HRT to run the public broadcaster until the appointment of a new director-general based on a public tender or until the inauguration of a new parliament.

The supervisory board has not yet formally received the High Commercial Court ruling, and Hina has learned that the board will fully comply with it.

Last update: Wed, 07/09/2016 - 15:22

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