Croatian Culture Minister Resigns Over Financial IrregularitiesSoutheast Europe | March 26, 2015, Thursday // 17:30| views
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic arrives for a European Summit of Heads of States and governments at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 19 March 2015. Photo: EPA
Croatian Culture Minister Andrea Zlatar Violic resigned on Wednesday over financial irregularities concerning her use of the ministry's funds.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic accepted the resignation of Violic, who apologised for her inadequate control and non-compliance with financial regulations.
Violic admitted taking EUR 6400 from the ministry's credit cards in 2013, which she later returned in installments, the Balkan Insight reports.
In her letter of resignation, she accepted responsibility for the irregularities, but said that the funds were not misused.
Violic dismissed accusations that the cash was used for travel that never occurred and for which no travel receipts were presented.
The government will soon appoint the new Culture Minister, the likely candidate being her deputy – Berislav Sipus.
This is the ninth minister to resign since the government of Prime Minister Milanovic entered into office less than three and a half years ago.