Plenkovic’s latest asset card shows he inherited 80,000 euros
The topic of asset cards which showcase what politicians own in terms of property (be it residential or otherwise) and other such items is often a hot topic in the often complex world of Croatian politics. PM Andrej Plenkovic’s latest one shows that he has inherited a very nice sum of money indeed.
Plenkovic recently submitted a new asset card to the Commission for deciding on conflicts of interest, having reported increased savings from 170,000 euros to 250,000 euros. He achieved these increased savings through inheritance, HDZ’s main man and the prime minister of the country stated in the newly submitted asset card. It wasn’t only Andrej Plenkovic’s savings which have increased, his wife Ana Maslac Plenkovic has also seen her cash go up.
Plenkovic also reported over 11,000 euros for his wife, an employee of the Croatian Parliament. The card says that Plenkovic’s wife also achieved increased savings through inheritance. The asset card states that the amount of tax paid on inheritance and gifted money stands at 461.90 euros. Plenkovic now has more real estate, but it refers solely to a smaller part of a garden on the island of Hvar, the area of which spans just 25 square metres.
SDP President Pedja Grbin appeared on N1 Television and discussed some of the latest political topics, including corruption
SDP President Pedja Grbin was a guest on recently on N1 Television where he commented on the report of the chief state attorney Zlata Hrvoj Sipek. He recalled his statement from two years ago when he said that Hrvoj Sipek would fail to bring the (very) necessary changes to the system, and added that during her recent questioning in parliament, she didn’t mention the fight against corruption even once.
“When it comes to some minor thefts and the like, I think DORH (State Attorney’s Office) is doing well, but the problem arises when Plenkovic calls them, because when he does – investigations stop. People within DORH need to work in impossible conditions, they have nowhere to put their files, nor material resources, and who is in charge of all of that? The government, but they don’t even want the DORH to function properly and well, while the state attorney barely mentioned it in her own presentation,” added SDP’s president.
We need to teach children about the harmfulness of corruption, and mechanisms and tools should be incorporated into the state administration system that will reduce corruption to the smallest possible extent. We recently received European Union funds for this, but these funds aren’t being used. In a situation where every person can follow their own situation, corruption is almost impossible,” continued Grbin:
“HDZ doesn’t want to use that EU money because they don’t want to fight corruption, instead everything is left to DORH, where when they receive a case in which the letters ”AP” are mentioned, the file just gets shoved in a drawer. That is just not enough, the fight against corruption also means the reform of public self-government to a better organisation of the healthcare system.”
Plenkovic goes to Brussels and claims that those who voted against the training of Ukrainians in Croatia and the rest of the EU in their fight against Russian aggression did so out of ”pure hatred”
The enormous levels of support of the European Union and the European public for Ukraine and its horrific suffering at Russia’s hands shows that the vast majority of Europeans clearly see what is evil, and that is Russian aggression.
”It would be good if everyone saw it so clearly in Croatia as well,” Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Thursday in Brussels, perhaps using the opportunity to take a swipe at Zoran Milanovic for his increasingly odd comments when referring to the Russia-Ukraine war.
“The support of the European Union is still strong and unified, this unity is unprecedented,” Plenkovic said, and then alluded to certain members of the Croatian Parliament who were against Croatia participating in the training of Ukrainian soldiers. He said those who voted against the idea did so out of hatred.
When asked by a journalist whether Croatian support for Ukraine deflated after the lack of a two-thirds majority in the Parliament that would have bypassed President Zoran Milanovic’s veto on the training of Ukrainian soldiers in Croatia, Plenkovic said that it “deflated only among those who keep on trying to please Russian points of view” as well as “individual members of the Croatian Parliament who, out of pure hatred for the government, HDZ or me personally, didn’t participate or voted against it”.
Plenkovic pointed out that he is convinced that the vast majority of the Croatian people don’t share the views of those who are against the training of Ukrainian soldiers.
“As far as the Croatian people are concerned, I’m convinced that the vast majority of the Croatian people, considering our own experience, are very much in solidarity with Ukraine and want to help. It’s the government that makes decisions about military aid being sent to Ukraine. We’ve been doing it continuously, and we’ll continue to do it,” he assured, adding that Croatia will help Ukraine in demining when the conflict finally does end as well.
On Thursday, Zelenski addressed the representatives of the European Parliament, then he came to the European Council for the summit of the leaders of the member states. After that, he held a series of bilateral meetings with various European leaders. The European leaders were divided into four groups for the meetings with the Ukrainian president, and Plenkovic was in a group with the leaders of Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary and Slovenia.
The former Defence Minister within Milanovic’s old government has openly stated that he disagrees with the president’s somewhat controversial views about the Ukraine issue
Ante Kotromanovic, the former Minister of Defense from Zoran Milanovic’s old SDP government, spoke in Dnevnik N1 about the development of the war in Ukraine. Among other things, he stated that he does not consider the training of Ukrainians in Croati to be a prolongation of the war, which is the opposite of the thesis advocated by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Zoran Milanovic.
Referring to the current mass rocket attacks, Kotromanovic isn’t ruling out the option that it could be the offensive that the Russians were talking about in the recent past, but also the option that it is a kind of “greeting” to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who recently returned from Brussels.
“This does seem to me that this could be a prelude to the start of some serious operation. We see these massive rocket attacks and drones that have been terrorising the whole of Ukraine for months now, but we don’t see the movements of larger formations on the ground. In my opinion, the Russians definitely need something, something of a more significant victory. This is their last chance. What they’ve shown so far has been extremely bad. If they don’t do something now, the question is whether they will ever have the chance to launch such major offensives again, considering that they’re all now exhausted. About 200,000 soldiers have died so far on both sides,” he stated.
He believes that fighter planes would significantly strengthen the Ukrainian armed forces, but he points out that the tanks that are already arriving from the Western allies will also give them strength. “Both European and American support will remain constant, there will be no oscillations. Especially when it comes to the Americans, they will go all the way and deliver everything the Ukrainians need,” Kotromanovic believes.
Speaking about the successes on the Ukrainian battlefield, he emphasised the importance of Ukrainian military skills and military commanders.
“We saw that the Ukrainians are the true masters of improvisation. In a number of cases, they improvised in planning, they had the courage to take over new resources and send them quickly out to the battlefield,” said Kotromanovic and added:
“Under the patronage of the US and all the advisers who spent several years there, the Ukrainians changed their narrative and that’s why they’re more successful than the Russian Army which is direct, as nothing can happen there until the commander-in-chief approves it.”
He believes that there are two reasons for the delay in sending certain weapons over to Ukraine – one reason is that people are now waiting to see how Russia will react, but also sometimes complicated internal politics in certain countries. Now, he says, leaders who support sending their necessary weapons have prevailed.
“I’m only sorry that this didn’t happen sooner. I don’t agree with the idea that arming Ukraine is prolonging the war. We need to be patient now and leave it to the Ukrainians to decide whether they want to continue the war,” said Kotromanovic. Referring clearly to the remark that this is the opposite of the opinion of Zoran Milanovic, in whose government he was a member, Kotromanovic added that Milanovic has his opinion, and that he has his own.
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