Speaking to the press, he said they could have done that “last spring at least” instead of “haggling” over it for seven months as it was clear that he would not recommend any current Supreme Court member for that position.
Appointment of new ambassadors “dramatically late”
He denied that it had anything to do with agreeing on new ambassadors, saying their appointment, “which is important, is dramatically late. I don’t know why. We started talking and then it stopped at the will of the (foreign) minister. I hope he will get in touch now.”
The president said he had not noticed that it was a question of bargaining and wondered “what’s the point of this splitting of hairs” since they must reach an agreement eventually.
Initial conflict of interest law imposed from Brussels
Asked to comment on Reformists leader Radimir Čačić’s statement that a new conflict of interest law would give the Conflict of Interest Commission deep access to Tax Administration data, Milanović said the initial law from 2011, adopted as part of the negotiations on EU accession, was completely imposed from Brussels.
He said Brussels “experimented” on Croatia, which had to adopt a model that was “not good.”
“It’s used for political manipulation,” he said, adding that some of the Commission’s past members “were brought to that Commission as so-called experts and became politicians from the bushes. Undercover politicians one minute, and later politicians. That’s unfair.”
He said the system in which MPs were overseeing conflict of interest through peer control was not perfect but was more correct.
Nobody has the right to check people’s accounts, only courts
The president said nobody had the right to check people’s accounts unless it was done under the Criminal Procedure Act. “No commission, nobody. No commissaries, police officers, solely the courts.