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.
A conflict of interest can happen not only at the level of government and ministries but low-ranking civil servants, too, can find themselves in such situations, which is why it is necessary to create a specific system for dealing with conflicts of interest, the GONG nongovernmental organisation said while presenting a proposal for amending the existing institutional and legislative framework on this topic in Zagreb on Tuesday.