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Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic
Photograph: Hina/ Dario GRZELJ/ dag

The government on Thursday negatively assessed a report on the work of the Electronic Media Council and the Electronic Media Agency for 2014 and proposed to parliament to replace all Electronic Media Council members due to serious omissions in the execution of its legal obligations.

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic said the report did not include full information which would show that the Council and the Agency had met their legal obligations and obligations from the work programme.

The report, according to the minister, does not state that a review had been carried out in the national broadcaster HRT over the use of the monthly subscription fee and other public revenues in accordance with regulations regarding the state support for public broadcasting and the HRT Act.

There is also no information stating that one member of the Council was in conflict of interest from 1 May 2013 to 16 December 2014 and illegally performed two public duties -- as a member of the Council and as a member of the HINA Steering Council. The person in question is Gordana Simonovic.

The minister said all conditions had been met to relieve the members of the Electronic Media Council of their duties.

The members are chairperson Mirjana Rakic, who is also head of the Electronic Media Agency, Damir Hajduk, Suzana Kunac, Vesna Roller, Gordana Simonovic, and Robert Tomljenovic.

The chairperson and members of the Electronic Media Council are appointed and relieved of duties by the Croatian parliament, at government's proposal.

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