Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic on Tuesday commented on controversial contracts with board members of the state-owned forest management authority Hrvatske Sume under which they are entitled to millions of kuna in bonuses, saying that this objectively was a mistake and that today this issue would be handled differently.
"Regardless of that, you can be assured that the SDP and Minister Jakovina did not benefit from that," Milanovic said.
"The management board of Hrvatske Sume has been perfectly acceptable to the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) and Bridge and their minister for the past six months. They didn't touch the management because of their excellent performance and now they are not suitable. That's interesting," he said.
Asked whether it was moral for the board members to demand millions of kuna in bonuses, Milanovic said that today that matter would be handled differently.
"A contract is a contract, that is a huge step forward compared to what the HDZ left behind in 2011 where management boards had 'special protection' and you could not dismiss anyone without paying out at a couple of million kuna. That no longer exists. A salary is a salary and bonuses depend on business results. Objectively, this was a mistake," he said.