Speaking to the press, Novaković said she would be surprised because the bill did not show that Croatia had acted on GRECO’s recommendations.
“Those who know how to read GRECO’s report and the bill think it’s quite clear that the essential recommendations haven’t been complied with. Whether they have or not, we’ll see when we get the report.”
Novaković said that as far as she knew, GRECO was expected to assess if Croatia’s new conflict of interest bill was in line with its recommendations today, and the assessment would be forwarded to the Conflict of Interest Commission.
“The bill is between two readings and it would be a bad message if later on, we were to receive a message from GRECO that the law we passed in the meantime is bad.”
Novaković was speaking after a meeting of the National Council monitoring the implementation of the Corruption Prevention Strategy, whose chair Nikola Grmoja said GRECO insisted on principles of conduct and that the bill was a big step backward.
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