Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic of the Bridge party said on Sunday that responsibility was very important and that everyone must be responsible for their actions.

He was asked by the press to comment on Bridge's statement yesterday that allegations that First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko was in a conflict of interest were primarily the problem of his HDZ party, and how Bridge MPs would vote on the opposition SDP's motion that Karamarko be replaced.

"Responsibility is a very important thing. Everyone must be responsible for their actions. If it is established that Mr Karamarko's actions are irreconcilable with his duties today, I guess he himself will reach some conclusions," Dobrovic said.

The Parliament's Conflict of Interest Commission earlier this week decided to investigate a case involving Karamarko to determine if he is in a conflict of interest due to a business relationship between his wife Ana and his friend Josip Petrovic, a consultant for the Hungarian oil company MOL.

The Commission will investigate if Karamarko has taken part in any decision-making related to the ongoing arbitration between Croatia and MOL, if that can cause a conflict of interest on his part in the future, and if he has failed to declare the said business relationship.

Croatia and MOL are involved in two arbitration cases regarding management rights in the Croatian oil company INA.

Karamarko has in the meantime withdrawn from any decision-making on INA, owned jointly by the Croatian state and MOL.

The Nacional weekly recently published a contract between the agency owned by Karamarko's wife and the company owned by Petrovic. The contract shows that Petrovic paid the agency owned by Karamarko's wife 60,000 euros for advisory and media analysis services in the period after Karamarko was elected HDZ chief and before he came to power.

The opposition Social Democratic Party has submitted a request for a parliamentary vote of no confidence in Karamarko over the business relationship between his wife and Petrovic.

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