The new, ninth Croatian parliament on Friday evening passed a package of four laws regulating the work of the new government and restricting the right of office holders to financial entitlements upon the expiry of their terms.
Thus, the amended legislation regulating the entitlements of office holders stipulates that persons in office performing that duty for a period shorter than three months will not be entitled to any pecuniary compensation upon the expiry of their term. Also those who are in office between three months and a year will have lowered financial compensation than before.
Some of the changes to be applied retroactively prompted the Opposition to warn that they might be quashed by the Constitutional Court.
Nevertheless, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic replied that the ruling majority undertook the risk of such developments.
The new legislation about the work and scope of activities of the new government envisages the downsizing the number of ministries from 20 to 19.
The Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts will be merged with the Ministry of Economy, while the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection takes charge of the energy department from the Ministry of Economy and the water management department from the Ministry of Agriculture.
A new Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy is set up. The number of central state offices increases from four to six. The post of deputy ministers will be replaced by state secretaries.
The new cabinet led by PM-Designate Plenkovic is to be inaugurated on Tuesday or Wednesday.