In a 53-39 vote with three abstentions, the Riigikogu approved the new members of Estonian Public Broadcasting's (ERR) supervisory board
Reform MP Andres Sutt asked Aadu Must (Center) about the conflict of interest regarding Eesti Ekspress journalist Priit Hõbemägi.
"In the case of Mr. Hõbemägi, there is certainly no question about the competence and his expertise — they are all present — but at the same time, he continues to work for Raadio Kuku," Sutt pointed out. "He has said that he won't take a salary for this job. For me, the question is whether working without salary raised the question of conflict on interest when discussing it in the commission."
Must said that he notified Hõbemägi that there is no conflict of interest and he also informed Hõbemägi that if and when it appears that there is some kind of conflict of interest, Hõbemägi will be removed from the council.
"But I didn't have the competence to say that we will you cross you off right now," he added.
On May 7, the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu appoined three candidates to ERR's supervisory board — Peeter Espak, Priit Hõbemägi, and Viktor Trasberg — subject to Riigikogu approval.
At the committee meeting, the Isamaa parliamentary group replaced current committee member Viktoria Ladõnskaja-Kubits with Sven Sester, as Ladõnskaja-Kubits allegedly refused to support the candidate supported by the majority of the party.
Editor: Roberta Vaino