Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Monday he saw "no problem" in the fact that he appointed Jaksa Puljiz his chief integration officer, stressing that Puljiz was an expert.
"The man is an expert, has a PhD, knows his job and it's important that we can coordinate the ministries and get to work. I see no problem in that at all," Oreskovic told Croatian reporters in Brussels, where he arrived to attend a European Union-Turkey summit.
He said that on Saturday he "worked with Puljiz and Finance Minister Zdravko Maric on a document that was sent to the European Commission."
Puljiz is an non-partisan expert on European funds. In the previous government, he was deputy regional development and U funds minister to Branko Grcic of the now opposition Social Democratic Party.