As for the arrest of the prefect, Picula said that the earlier arrest of the minister on duty, and now the prefect on duty, is a continuation of the questioning of the responsibility of politicians in the executive branch.
"This is important for Croatia because the laws must apply to everyone. In this case, it is clear that the prefect was under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, the local police officers seem to have been influenced by politics, and I hope that the judiciary will not be influenced at all."
"Everyone involved in that violation should be sanctioned. If he is the holder of a political office, he also has additional responsibility. People didn't choose him to commit incidents," adds Picula.
Yesterday, Tonino Picula met with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Brussels. "Kosovo is dealing with many development problems. He has an impressive record as prime minister. His government's achievements are constantly questioned. Kurti is ready to accept the agreement, we will see what happens in Ohrid. It is important for the EU that it lays down some political infrastructure like never before and opens up issues in the Western Balkans so that it is resolved."
He also commented on the situation in Montenegro: "It is about regular presidential elections that are held in a polarized political climate. They reflect not only the political but also the institutional crisis that Montenegro is in."
Speaking about the situation in Ukraine and the consequences for the rest of the world, Picula pointed out that without financial, military, and economic aid, Ukraine would certainly not be able to defend itself this effectively.
"However, war has serious consequences. Some representatives pointed out that even before the invasion, there were some 30 million children in the EU living around the poverty line, and this war probably has a price. The EU has shown that it can act together when forced by external circumstances. Tomorrow, the law on zero carbon emissions will be presented, but also the law on critical materials on which today's technologies depend."