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Sprlje: Mention of 20 judges in SOA report shows not entire justice system is corrupt

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje says that the mention of 20 judges as a national security threat in a report by the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) shows that not the entire justice system is corrupt, as is often perceived by the Croatian public, but that only a small circle of individuals may be a problem.

SOA: Security situation stable, terrorist attacks indicate more complex situation

The Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) on Sunday released on its web site a public report on its activities in 2015 in which it says that the security situation in Croatia in the past period was stable but that terrorist attacks in Europe indicate an increasingly complex security situation in Croatia's neighbourhood.

Motion for PM's impeachment in parliamentary procedure

Forty-two MPs of the Patriotic Coalition's HDZ and HSP AS parties listed the reasons for the impeachment of Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic in their six-point motion and proposed to parliament on Tuesday to give him a vote of no confidence.

President, PM visit Security and Intelligence Agency, talk to new chief

In early February, President Grabar-Kitarovic signed a decision requesting the dismissal of Dragan Lozancic as SOA chief, claiming that he had violated the Security and Intelligence System Act, her office said in a press release then.

Petrov: President has to prove claims about Lozancic or retract them

You cannot accuse someone without presenting clear evidence because that casts a big slur on someone like Mr Lozancic who perhaps may not be guilty.

Ostojic says prosecutor's office must investigate president's allegations

Ostojic recalled that the Prosecutor's Office had promptly investigated allegations that he, in his capacity of interior minister, had ordered illegal surveilling of Bridge party chief Bozo Petrov.

Opposition leader: President's conduct frivolous and irresponsible

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic on Thursday commented on his Facebook profile that "Mrs Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's behaviour is frivolous and irresponsible."

Dilber: PM overstepped authority if he offered ex-SOA chief advisory post

Grabar-Kitarovic decided to relieve Lozancic as SOA chief in late January, saying that he had breached the Security and Intelligence System Act and no longer enjoyed her trust. Oreskovic co-signed her decision about a month ago.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Ex-SOA chief was Milanovic's personal intelligence officer

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, speaking in a television interview on Wednesday, accused former Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief Dragan Lozancic of having served as a "personal intelligence officer" for former Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic.

Par'l committee endorses Markic's appointment as SOA chief

The Committee's opinion is not binding, however it paved the way to the appointment of the new SOA head, Ostojic told the press.

Intelligence chief Lozancic resigns

Dragan Lozancic has submitted his resignation as chief of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA), Hina learnt from official sources on Monday.

Karamarko: Oreskovic still has HDZ's support

"As far as my confidence in the prime minister goes, Tihomir Oreskovic still enjoys the support of the HDZ as the strongest parliamentary party. When he won't have that support then he will no longer be prime minister," 

Grabar-Kitarovic: I'm glad we agreed on SOA chief

"I am glad that we have agreed. Our cooperation is very good, we are moving on," Grabar-Kitarovic told the press during a stroll through central Zagreb on Saturday.

President, PM nominate Markic for Security and Intelligence Agency's head

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic have co-signed the nomination of Daniel Markic for the post of the director-general of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA).

HNS says president, PM jeopardise functioning of intelligence system

The opposition Croatian People's Party (HNS) on Wednesday said that by failing to resolve the issue of the appointment of the new heads of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) and the Office of the National Security Council, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic had jeopardised the functioning of the intelligence system, which it said had made the country vulnerable considering the current terrorist threats in Europe.

Karamarko says has two candidates for post of SOA chief

First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko said in Obrovac, in the Zadar hinterland, on Saturday that he had two candidates for the post of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief.

President, PM confirm they have still not agreed on new SOA chief

Grabar-Kitarovic signed a decision that SOA chief Dragan Lozancic be relieved of duty in early February, citing violation of the Security-Intelligence System Act and forwarding her decision to the government.

Committee on Constitution: Domestic Policy Committee should have discussed SOA chief's replacement

Objections to an agenda may be submitted at the session only if the session is called on the day when it is being held or the day before, the Committee on the Constitution decided.

Petrov says doesn't see Karamarko's statements as pressure

Speaking at his first press conference in the government, Petrov said he did not intend to exert pressure or communicate through the media. "If I have a problem, I'll speak directly to Karamarko."

Annual report on SOA not endorsed by parl. committee

The Croatian Parliament's Domestic Policy and National Security Committee did not endorse the annual report on the work of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) on Thursday.

PM says will focus on intelligence agency chief next week

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in Brussels on Friday evening that he would deal with the issue of the Security and Intelligence Agency chief next week.

Majority on parl. committee doesn't want discussion on SOA chief

Strenja Linic thus backed down from the request she made on behalf of Bridge MPs last week, when she justified Bridge's support to the appointment of SDP MP Ranko Ostojic as Committee chair, ...

FM: No mention of Hasanbegovic, Lozancic in Munich

Foreign Minister Miro Kovac has said that during his talks at a Munich security conference there was no mention of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, whose resignation has been demanded by the Opposition, nor of the case of Dragan Lozancic, ...

Karamarko says firmly supports Hasanbegovic, SOA chief to be replaced soon

Answering a reporter's question, he said that there would be a lot of inquiries in SOA because there had been indications of irregularities in its work and that time would show in which ways Lozancic had violated the law.

Ostojic: Advertisement for civil monitoring council being prepared

"Today we briefly agreed on how the committee would function and we defined responsibilities regarding data confidentiality," he said.

Defence minister declines comment on SOA chief's dismissal

"Allow me to close the intelligence chapter in my career. In principle, I will not comment on my work in the intelligence services. I would like our intelligence services to function well and be efficient,"

President: SOA chief has lost my trust

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Wednesday she would not change her position on Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief Dragan Lozancic and her decision to dismiss him.

Security and Intelligence Agency refutes newspaper's report

The Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) on Tuesday refuted allegations in the Jutranji List daily about an intelligence scandal in which protagonists went with impunity, as claimed by the daily.

SDP leader comments on Lozancic case

Milanovic was speaking to the press in the northern city of Varzadin while attending a celebration of the 25th anniversary of establishment of his party's Varazdin County branch.

Deputy PM sees no reason for SOA head's dismissal

The Bridge party leader and a Deputy Prime Minister, Bozo Petrov, said on Saturday that at this moment he could see no reason for the replacement of Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) chief Dragan Lozancic, with whom he had talked and added that "clear arguments for such a move must exist, if that happens".

PM says meeting with unions excellent, to decide on SOA chief next week

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic described Friday's meeting with union federation leaders as excellent, saying it was agreed to activate the Economic and Social Council and create a platform for dialogue.

President dismisses two senior security officials

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has relieved Dragan Lozancic as Director of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) for violating the Security and Intelligence System Act, the President's Office announced in a press release on Friday.

Bridge MP says review to determine if professionals work at security agency

Bridge party MP Miro Bulj said on Wednesday his party did not want to be in charge of the supervision of the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA), but that it insisted that SOA be led by professionals and that a review would determine if that was the case.

Petrov says Ostojic should face parl. committee on home affairs, national security

"If the SDP had not tried to cheat us, his (Kosic's) speech would have definitely made me go with the Croatia Is Growing coalition."

President requests probe into Raskovic document leak

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has requested the National Security Council to launch an investigation into the leak of a document from the Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA)

HDZ urges state leadership to protect former members of intelligence community

The HDZ said it expected the media to check facts thoroughly and not rush with conclusions based on imputations, wondering why and how such a document could have been published.

Karamarko says maybe Milanovic created intelligence underworld

"I'm proud of having been the head of the SOA (Security and Intelligence Agency), of having been chief of the UNS (National Security Office), of having been interior minister,
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