ZAGREB, May 26, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday rejected claims that reporters’ correspondence was being monitored, underscoring that there is no way that that could even be thought of.
“I deny that in the strongest terms,” Plenkovic said in Vrgorac when asked to comment on a statement by Environment Minister Tomislav Coric at a press conference earlier in the day related to a memorandum between INA and JANAF, when Coric called out N1 TV reporter Hrvoje Kresic for his writing in a reporters’ social network group.
Coric said that from Kresic’s work and messages in the group, it was evident that he was not happy with the appointment of INA’s management board.
“No one in the government or anyone else can or must have any insight into anyone’s correspondence, especially between journalists,” said Plenkovic.
Plenkovic described the memorandum of understanding between INA and JANAF as protecting the government’s national interests in INA.
“INA is one of our largest companies. It is also very important for energy independence and generally for the economy. It is key that consultants will present their preliminary estimates and evaluation around 10 June and after that we can decide further,” he said.
Commenting on a statement by Social Democratic Party leader Davor Bernardic that the memorandum was a “betrayal of national interests,” Plenkovic said that Bernardic is an immature politician who, with his conduct, disqualifies himself for any serious position in state institutions.
Plenkovic added that the government was aware that Janaf and INA had signed the memorandum and that Minister Coric informed the public in detail about that today.
The President who may not go to the polls is degrading yet another important institution – the State Prosecutor’s Office
Asked by reporters about the newly appointed chief state prosecutor, Prime Minister Plenkovic said that she (Zlata Hrvoj Sipek) was appointed today in the parliament following a public call for applications that was advertised by the State Prosecutorial Council.
“We interviewed all six candidates. Based on the programme she presented and her experience, she has worked in the State Prosecutor’s Office for more than 25 years, has enormous professional experience, knows the system well, she knows what needs to be done in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and I expect that, in line with that, she will continue the work of that important institution,” he said and added that he considers her to be the right choice considering the other candidates.
Plenkovic reacted to claims by President Milanovic that she was the prime minister’s choice for the chief state prosecutor.
“She was the choice of the government’ and the parliamentary majority,” Plenkovic underlined.
“Seeing that this is not someone who has come from outside the state prosecution system, I think that it is bad that the president, who said that he might not vote in the parliamentary election, is now degrading yet another important institution, and that is the State Prosecutor’s Office,” Plenkovic concluded.