State Secretary Josipa Rimac in Conflict of Interest

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ZAGREB, April 13, 2018 – The Conflict of Interest Commission on Friday fined Josipa Rimanc (HDZ), state-secretary at the Ministry of Administration, 4,000 kuna for giving false information in her declaration of assets.

Rimac listed a house owned by her husband which is actually divided into three separate flats and cannot be treated as a single unit of real estate.

Interestingly, Rimac was recently appointed to head the working group which will draft changes to the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest.

In the case of Matko Glunčić, state secretary at the Ministry of Science and Education, who granted funds to an NGO despite the fact that he was a member of that NGO and to the periodical it published, the Commission decided that this was a violation of principle and that he did not take account of his own credibility and objectivity. However, there is no penalty prescribed in cases like this.

The Commission did not continue proceedings against Deputy Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner (HDZ) on two complaints which note that he was knighted by the Order of the Holy Sepulchre which means that he is accountable to the Holy Father. The complainants asked whether Reiner was in conflict of interest because, as deputy speaker in the highest legislative body of a sovereign state, he was directly subordinate to the sovereign of another country.


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