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Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic
Photograph: Hina/ Dario GRZELJ/ dag

Six Opposition members of the 13-member parliamentary Media Committee on Monday insisted that Chairman Andrija Mikulic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) should convene a meeting on the decision of the Culture Minister to dissolve a Non-Profit Media Commission.

The request signed by the deputies of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) , the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Roma parliamentary deputy, reads that Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic should also be invited to the meeting.

If Chairman Mikulic fails to convene the session within the next eight days, the request will be forwarded to the Parliament Speaker to arrange the meeting, said SDP MP Nenad Stazic.

The committee can be convened if a third of its members formally request so.

The new Culture Minister, Zlatko Hasanbegovic, said on Monday that he had dissolved the Commission in compliance with the relevant laws, and announced that he would soon publicly present the principles of his culture policy that will clearly show that there is no need for such a commission any more.

"The Commission was founded as part of the so-called media policy of the ministry. Its work was marked by numerous controversies, including unclear criteria for the allocation of financial grants and allegations about conflict of interest. Nevertheless, that is not crucial. What is crucial is that the Commission adopted decisions for 2015, and we are now entering a new budget year and I will soon outline the principles of my culture policy that will show that there is no need for such a commission," Hasanbegovic told reporters in the parliament.

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