ZAGREB, September 22, 2020 – Economy Minister Tomislav Coric said on Tuesday that the advertisement for the position of the CEO of state-run oil pipeline operator JANAF would be published as soon as possible, after the current executive Dragan Kovacevic was remanded in custody on corruption charges.
“Concerning the provisions of the JANAF statute, it is necessary to appoint an acting director until the appointment of the new one through a public competition,” the minister explained.
He said that this would be done as soon as possible.
Asked by the press whether he had visited Dragan Kovacevic’s club, Coric said that he had known Kovacevic since 2013.
Coric explained that he had “made his acquaintance first of all due to economic topics.”
Coric, who had served as the energy minister in the previous cabinet, said that considering the fact that his department covered JANAF, he had met Kovacevic on several occasions and visited the club.
Media outlets have reported that “the club” in downtown Zagreb refers to private premises owned by Kovacevic’s private company and used by state officials and business people to socialise.
Coric said that he had met Kovacevic a few weeks ago.
The scandal involving Kovacevic, as well as the owner of the private Elektrocentar company, two mayors and a few more suspects broke out last week. Twelve of the 13 suspects in this influence peddling and public tender probe have been placed in custody.
Kovacevic is suspected of having received kickbacks from the main suspect, the owner of Elektrocentar, Kreso Petek.