Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic said in Dubrovnik on Monday that he did not wish to comment on speculation that former foreign minister Vesna Pusic and economy minister Ivan Vrdoljak had allegedly been under surveillance by Hungary over the INA-MOL arbitration process, underscoring that the arbitration between Croatia and Hungary would not be jeopardised in any way.
Responding to reporters' remarks that the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) had allegedly discovered that Pusic and Vrdoljak had been under surveillance by Hungarian services which allegedly tried to influence the arbitration procedure, Panenic said that this was mere speculation and sounded like crime fiction.
"That is speculation, the arbitration procedure is credible and I wouldn't comment on matters of that nature. The arbitration process cannot be jeopardised by that. We have credible witnesses. Reports of surveillance sound like a crime novel," Panenic said.