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Croatian gov’t asks for postponement of talks with MOL

The Croatian government has requested a meeting with Hungarian oil and gas company MOL on Croatian peer INA be postponed after MOL replaced its chief negotiator and changed its position, Croatian news agency HINA said on Thursday. 

Croatian economy minister Ivan Vrdoljak told HINA that the Croatian government had asked that the meeting be postponed to give the Croatian team of negotiators more time to decide what to do next.

“They have taken on a position and replaced their negotiator and position that had been agreed to. We have said, OK, there's no problem. Give us a little more time and we will decide what to do,” HINA quoted Vrdoljak as saying. In order for us to concede to any further steps we want to prepare ourselves better, Vrdoljak said. “The negotiations have not been terminated and will most likely be postponed for a few days,” he added.

The meeting, the second between MOL and the Croatian government, was to have taken place on October 25. It was postponed after MOL informed the Croatian government that its chief negotiator, vice chairman Sándor Csányi, had resigned and been replaced by MOL executives József Molnár and Oszkár Világi, HINA said.