Constitutional Committee Decides: No More Commission for Agrokor

Lauren Simmonds

The Commission for Agrokor is no more.

As 24sata writes on the 28th of November, 2017, following last week’s long debates, the Constitutional Committee concluded that the much talked about Investigative Commission for Agrokor ceased working on November the 20th, 2017.

The conclusion of the opposition according to which the Parliamentary Investigative Commission for Agrokor ceased working at the point of financial reports, for which the finality of the investigation was confirmed last Monday, while work on the other ten issues was still to be continued, didn’t receive the necessary amount of votes in order to continue functioning. This conclusion was voted for by SDP and MOST’s Robert Podolnjak.

”The Commission stopped working on November the 20th, it hasn’t disappeared,” said the President of the Committee, Željko Reiner of HDZ.

SDP’s Arsenal Bauk requested for such a conclusion to be published in Narodne Novine because it has the power to stop the work of the Investigatory Commission, but the ruling hasn’t accepted that.

“That can’t be the reason, if you’d given another explanation, I would’ve suggested that it be accepted, but this way it isn’t possible,” HDZ’s Reiner stated.

After the meeting, the now former president of the Investigative Commission for Agrokor, SDP’s Orsat Miljenić, told reporters that he believes this to be a misinterpretation of the law on investigative commissions.

“Everything we know about this outcome and this investigation is that it’s very narrowly limited to dealing with one small segment. But the ruling majority has decided to interpret the law and has made the appropriate decision today. What I will praise in regard to this negative practice is that they’ve acknowledged their mistake. Last week, they argued that no decision should be made, that the commission ceases ex lege (by force of law) and can do everything it wants, but they’ve taken a step back and formalised that wrong attitude,” he said.

When asked about SDP’s next step in that regard, Miljenić said that “today, the ruling majority has clearly stated that they don’t want anything that is happening within Agrokor to take place in public, or for the public to know anything about it,”

“We can insist and open up certain questions and of course we’ll do that, but we can no longer do it in the form of an investigative commission,” he concluded.


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