Social Democratic Party (SDP) chief Davor Bernardic said after a session of the party presidency on Wednesday that the debt of the troubled food concern Agrokor must not become the debt of Croatian citizens and Croatia's instability.
If the government contemplates adopting a law to help Agrokor, then it needs to obtain the consent of the European Commission, Bernardic said.
The SDP calls on relevant institutions in Croatia -- the Tax Authority. the Chief State Prosecutor's Office and the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA) -- to see if there had been any underhand dealings regarding Agrokor's balance sheets, a member of the SDP presidency, Sinisa Hajdas Doncic, said after the meeting.
Agrokor's debts towards banks and suppliers is the same -- approximately 16 billion kuna -- and our clear message is that the government must not adopt a law favouring exclusively one company. This is contrary to the European legislation and in the end it can be very expensive for Croatian citizens. Damages could amount to 6-7 billion kuna if the state, contrary to the European practice, decides to take over the management of Agrokor, Hajdas Doncic said.
Hajdas Doncic claims that Finance Minister Zdravko Maric is also responsible to a great extent, as he had been in charge of Agrokor's finances and should the investigation show that there had been any underhand dealings regarding Agrokor's balance sheets, the issue of his responsibility will be raised.