The Croatian parliament on Monday adopted the amendments to the relevant legislation on defence thus enabling the government to send army troops to the border, however, Opposition lawmakers threatened that they would ask the Constitutional Court to assess the amended laws.
Amendments to the border control law envisages that following the relevant proposal from the Interior Minister with a prior written consent from the President, the government may send army troops to the country's border to help the police carry out tasks, when necessary.
The Opposition criticised the adoption of the amended legislation without conducting a public debate on the matter.
MP Pedja Grbin of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) told the press that the Constitution clearly cites situations in which army troops can be deployed to help the police and those are a state of war or imminent danger of war and large-scale natural disasters.
"The intention of the amendments is to circumvent those Constitutional provisions," Grbin said.
As for the time of the adoption, Grbin noted that the migrant crisis had been lasting for some time and was abating currently, which he found as the reason why it was unnecessary to rush with the adoption of such legislation.
Lawmakers amended the legislation on the bailout of hospitals whereby the ownership over those health institutions would be transferred back to county authorities.