Croatian MPs bring motion of no confidence against economy minister

A general view of the the inaugural session of the new Croatian Parliament in Zagreb, Croatia, 22 July 2020. [EPA-EFE/DANIEL KASAP]

The SDP party has brought a motion of no confidence against Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić, citing possible corruption in the Krš-Pađene wind park affair and contacts between Ćorić and Dragan Kovačević, the former CEO of JANAF (Adriatic oil pipeline operator) who was arrested in September on suspicion of influence peddling and bribery.

Ćorić himself dismissed the motion on public TV, saying there were no argumentations supporting his dismissal. He also said that he is looking forward to the debate in parliament, where his government holds a comfortable majority.

While SDP president Peđa Grbin said on public TV that his party’s previous motions for dismissal had been successful, he did not mention that ministers have so far only been dismissed following the decision of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, and not in parliament.

Božo Petrov, leader of the Most (Bridge, right-wing party) said that they would support the motion. (Željko Trkanjec |

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