President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday that Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and she had not agreed on a new head of the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA), noting that the matter was being delayed for too long, while Oreskovic said that he would meet with several candidates for that post next week.
Grabar-Kitarovic signed a decision that SOA chief Dragan Lozancic be relieved of duty in early February, citing violation of the Security-Intelligence System Act and forwarding her decision to the government.
Her decision should be co-signed by PM Oreskovic.
Attending an event dedicated to early detection of breast cancer in downtown Zagreb, Grabar-Kitarovic said that her position on Lozancic remained the same and that he no longer enjoyed her trust.
She would not be more specific, citing national security.
"This issue needs to be resolved and I believe that it is being delayed for too long, and frankly, I don't understand Mr Lozancic's position either, his insistence on staying in that post after one of the persons who under the law gives guidelines for his work has said that he no longer enjoys her trust," said the president.
She added that she expected the PM to make a decision on the matter, stressing that she was worried "about the general speed, or more precisely the lack of speed in making decisions."
PM Oreskovic said that the appointment of the SOA chief was a process, and added, without mentioning any concrete names, that he would meet next week with several candidates for that post.
"I believe that you know me by now, this is a process and we will proceed the same way as when the veterans minister was appointed. I will meet with several candidates, I won't mention their names now. I will introduce the candidate to the president in time and then we will make a decision together," said Oreskovic.