Andrej Plenkovic, who is set to take the helm of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), said on Saturday that in the morning he had received a report from the party's secretary-general Ivan Domagoj Milosevic regarding the party's financial operations in 2014 and 2015, which notes that the party took loans from several companies, but he explained that he had not had enough time to study the document in detail.
"When we (I and my team) get acquainted with all details, I will present my view on the financial operation. Furthermore, I will be responsible for the HDZ operations only after 17 July. I will make sure that the operations are transparent and in accordance with laws. I will take care of every kuna," Plenkovic said in Sisak where he arrived to present his platform.
The election for the new HDZ leader is scheduled for 17 July after Tomislav Karamarko recently stepped down as the party leader following his failure to ensure a new majority for a new HDZ-led government in the eighth parliament in the wake of the ouster of the Tihomir Oreskovic cabinet.
During his visit to Sisak, Plenkovic was asked about his position on the oil and gas group INA and its refinery in Sisak and in this context he said that he would advocate seeking a joint solution by Hungary's MOL and the Croatian government, two biggest stakeholders in INA, for the Sisak refinery which he believes should be maintained and upgraded. Plenkovic said that the refinery should serve as a generator of the development of that part of Croatia and as a creator of new jobs.