January 30th, 2020 – Many things can be said about Croatian politicians, but that they don’t own enough real estate is not one of those things, as yet another property scandal proves.
After the Croatian media and public realised the problems yet another one of Plenković’s ministers had with his property and the incorrectly filled declaration of property yesterday (it was Krstičević), it took less than a day for Index.hr to publish another similar story.
This time it regarded Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković, who is reported not to have included over 300 square metres of a backyard into his declaration. Additionally, the backyard is located next to an illegally built house, owned by the minister’s wife.
The size of the house from the land registry differs than the size listed in the declaration, and the declaration completely forgets to mention the backyard. The minister admitted that the house was built over 30 years ago without any permits, and has still not been legalised. There was a very long period when it was possible to legalise buildings in Croatia without significant fines, and minister Bošnjaković claims that his wife has taken part in that process, but that it has not been completed for that house. The house was supposedly a gift to her from her parents.
The house in question in Biograd is just one of Bošnjaković’s 10 properties listed in his declaration, so when someone needs to list that many properties in the declaration, it’s quite obvious that mistakes are to be expected. Some journalists, members of the public and even members of Parliament have been joking that the officials might need some special training to fill out their declarations, as they’re obviously unable to do it properly themselves without making grave errors, which end up costing them their ministerial positions.
Who knows which minister will cause another property scandal and have his properties dissected by the Croatian media and the public tomorrow?