In order to invalidate to the largest extent possible the rule that elections are won with „one third above and two thirds below the table“, GONG is appealing to the Government and the Parliament that, before their dissolution, they pass a long awaited and improved Act on Referenda, and to make the most of the last opportunity before the elections to incorporate better ways to increase transparency of election and referendum campaigns.
Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency (AZOP) director Anto Rajkovaca and his deputy Dubravka Dolenc have sought protection from the European Commission after the government proposed that they be relieved of their duties because state officials' declarations of assets were removed from the website of the Conflict of Interest Commission, the agency announced on its website on Friday.
During the closed section of the government session, the government forwarded a decision to parliamentary procedure to replace the director of the Agency for the Protection of Personal Data, Ante Rajkovac and his deputy Dubravka Dolenc.
The chairwoman of the parliamentary Conflict of Interest Committee, Dalia Oreskovic, said at a news conference that the committee would remove declarations of assets of office-holders from the committee's website later on Monday, following an executive order by the Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency, however, the committee would also appeal the order before the Administrative Court.
Croatian conflict of interest system has numerous deficiencies that contribute to declining levels of citizens’ trust in public institutions. Media are quick to report on scandals arising from undeclared and non-managed conflict of interest, as it is embedded in an increasing number of corruption cases against persons in high politics. Croatian political elite is facing declining trust of citizens in politics, political actors and political processes in general that may result in the instability of the political system.