Conflict of Interest Commission Decides Not to Take Action Against PM and 3 Ministers

By 9 July 2021
Conflict of Interest Commission Decides Not to Take Action Against PM and 3 Ministers

ZAGREB, 9 July 2021 - The Conflict of Interest Prevention Commission decided on Friday not to take action against Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and ministers Oleg Butković, Nikolina Brnjac and Marija Vučković since they were found not to have violated the Conflict of Interest Prevention Act.

The Commission met today to look into a complaint claiming that Prime Minister Plenković, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Butković, Minister of Tourism and Sport Brnjac and Agriculture Minister Vučković had travelled across the country during the recent campaign for local elections at the expense of the state budget.

Tončica Božić, the rapporteur on the case, said that Plenković and his ministers had visited Split to attend a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the formation of a Croatian Army brigade and to meet with the mayor for talks on the tourist season, COVID-19 vaccination, and infrastructure improvement.

Božić said that Plenković and his aides had also visited Rijeka, where they met with representatives of the 3. Maj shipyard and visited the building site of a new hospital, and Koprivnica, where they discussed the construction of a second railway track.

"Prime Minister Plenković was performing his official duties and was accompanied by his aides, his cabinet ministers," Božić said. "The fact that they expressed their support to their party colleagues or potential candidates of their party during the campaign for local elections in these cities is not a question for this Commission, but for the Electoral Commission," she added.

The Commission also took no action against former minister and MP Tomislav Tolušić, MP Josip Đakić and Virovitica mayor Ivica Kirin. 

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