Commission for Conflict of Interest to Decide on Wednesday on Karamarko

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First Deputy Prime Minister will on Wednesday be a subject of discusssion at a meeting of the Commission for Conflict of Interest Prevention.

The Commission for Conflict of Interest Prevention will decide on Wednesday whether to initiate proceedings against First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko due to a possible conflict of interest, after the media published information about business relationship between Karamarko’s wife and his friend Josip Petrović, who is an advisor to the Hungarian oil company MOL, reports on May 16, 2016.

The meeting of the Commission will start at 10 am on Wednesday, and Karamarko’s case will be the first item on the agenda. According to the usual procedure, the Committee will first decide whether to launch the proceedings, while the final decision would be made during one of the subsequent sessions.

Karamarko on Saturday said he was waiting for the Commission to do its job, and added that he was entitled to have his opinion about INA and MOL. “I look forward for the Commission for Conflict of Interest Prevention to do its job and I absolutely have a right to have my position on INA and MOL and all the processes around it. That is all I have to say on the subject and I will wait for the commission do its job”, said Karamarko.

After the media reported that Josip Petrović through his company was paying for various media analyses for at least two years to the Drimia company, owned by Karamarko’s then partner and now wife Ana Šarić Karamarko, Karamarko decided to exclude himself from the decision-making process related to INA and requested the Commission to assess his case.

Karamarko wrote on Facebook that, due to media lynching of his family and himself, he had decided to temporarily exempt himself from processes involving INA.

Leader of the opposition Zoran Milanović announced on Thursday that his party would initiate proceedings in Parliament to demand a vote of no confidence in Karamarko, due to business connections between Karamarko’s wife Ana and MOL’s lobbyist Petrović. Milanović added that Karamarko should resign on his own.


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