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Deputy Prime Minister and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said on Wednesday that the allegations about consulting services provided by the HDZ leader and Deputy Prime Minister Tomilsav Karamarko's wife to a lobbyist for MOL should first be thoroughly investigated and all pertaining data collected.

Asked by the press how detrimental the services which Mrs. Karamarko had provided to the MOL lobbyist might be to national interests, Petrov said that the government firmly stood by the position that it was necessary to protect national interests.

"We should wait for the outcome. Tomislav Karamarko has said he will request an investigation," Petrov said in Dubrovnik where he was attending a forum of Croatian and Polish regions.

"The government is functioning excellently," Petrov reassured the press, explaining that he was not interested in relations between political parties.

"I want to talk about positive things and about what we can do. It is a fact that we have drawn up a quality budget (for 2016) and an action plan for reforms, and by implementing it we will have achieved more in the first year of our term than the previous government," said Petrov.

Commenting on relations between his party and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Petrov said that the mode of communication should be reset.

"Our relations may be good or bad. I will be here as long as the cooperation is good and as long as we deliver on our promises," Petrov said.

EU Funds and Regional Development Minister Tomislav Tolusic of the HDZ said he was not interested in what the media wrote about his party's chief Karamarko and reassured the press that this government would last until the end of its four-year term.

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