Caretaker govt. holds first session

The Tihomir Oreskovic caretaker cabinet on Thursday held its first session since parliament gave it a vote of no confidence last week, discussing nearly 40 items, including numerous bills.

Oreskovic said the agenda was so full because the government did not convene last week.

Presenting some bills, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric said that parliament, which last week decided to dissolve on July 15, was still in session, "so we'll see if there will be a quorum and how decisions will be made" on the amendment proposals.

The government today endorsed two amendments to the mandatory health insurance law and the health care law. Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner put a final bill of amendments to the mandatory health insurance law to the vote last Friday, but there was no quorum as the opposition walked out, claiming that the amendments to the two laws were detrimental to citizens.

With that bill, the government wants to increase the maximum amount with which an insured person would participate in health care costs and introduce a mandatory fee for examinations in emergency rooms if the examination is conducted at the request of the insuree and if the examination shows that the patient did not need emergency treatment because his or her life and health are not at risk.

Also today, the government gave the HEP power utility consent to issue corporate collateral in the amount of HRK 150 million.

Also endorsed was a decision to nominate Rijeka for European Capital of Culture 2020.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:51

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