Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said on Friday he felt no pressure to resign, that the Opposition’s accusations against him were unfounded and that, when he worked in the Agrokor concern, he was not responsible for financial statements.
Asked by reporters if there had been irregularities in those statements, as stated by a Russian bank earlier this week, Maric said they had not been his responsibility when he worked in the currently ailing concern.
As for claims from the opposition parties that he should be held to account for those irregularities, Maric said he rejected “those heinous and completely unfounded insinuations.”
“However, I am the minister of finance after all and can’t allow myself petty politics. I will have my chance when I will have the right answer for that political arena too because I think the most important thing for the Croatian public at this moment is to know that those are completely unfounded claims.”
Asked if he felt pressure to resign, he said, “At this moment, no, because those are completely unfounded claims and insinuations and I won’t allow anyone, let alone those who are accusing me, to bring me into such a situation. But I am completely clean before the Croatian public.”
Asked if a law on how to bail out companies important for the economic system, which the government is discussing today, would be activated in Agrokor’s case, he said, “We’ll see. We have been saying from the start that we are following the developments with Agrokor and we will try to do what is best. The basic goal is the protection of Croatia’s financial and economic stability.”/IBNA