Božo Petrov Explains His Moonlighting as Psychiatrist in Metković

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During weekends, Deputy Prime Minister worked as a psychiatrist.

SDP’s Member of Parliament Peđa Grbin filed a complaint with the Commission for the Prevention of Conflict of Interest related to the work of MOST leader and Deputy Prime Minister Božo Petrov in a medical institution in Metković. Grbin wants the Commission to investigate whether Petrov was in a conflict of interest and whether he reported the income in his statement of assets which he had to file as a state officials, reports on October 10, 2016.

“I have no problem with the complaint by Grbin, because as soon as I took office in Metković as Mayor, the first thing which my predecessor Gabrić did was to report me to the Commission for Prevention of Conflict of Interest. The Commission said there was no conflict and I have no problem with this. In fact, if it needs to be re-checked they can re-check it. After all, it was such a small help from me due to the deficit of psychiatrists in Croatia. Therefore, I actually helped my colleagues there more than they helped me”, said Petrov.

“As for Grbin’s claims about my travelling to Metković on weekends, he should by now know that my family lives in Metković and that I was going to Metković for that reason. As for my activities as a psychiatrist, I used to do it once every two to three weeks for thirty minutes. So, here, I apologize to Grbin if he as a taxpayer paid a single kuna due to my coming home to see my family”, said Petrov.

Petrov also explained how much money he received. “My total annual income from this activity was 2,000 kuna, and I have reported it to the Commission. All citizens can read it for themselves how it was when I filled the statement of assets. I have put it under income from additional activities”, concluded Petrov.

The Commission for Prevention of Conflict of Interest is an independent administrative body named by Parliament which investigates reports about politicians’ alleged conflicts of interests. If someone is found to be in a conflict of interest, they can be warned or fined.


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