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The Croatian parliament on Monday took note of the central bank's (HNB) report on its work in the first half of 2015 but once again postponed a vote on the bank's report for 2014 after Ivan Kovacic of the ruling Bridge party said it was agreed to vote on the report together with amendments to the HNB Act.

Speaker Zeljko Reiner said the agreement was to ask the parliamentary Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System Committee to say if parliament should only take note of the HNB's 2014 report or vote on it, keeping in mind that the HNB is an independent institution.

The Committee concluded last week that parliament could and should discuss and vote on the report as on reports by other independent bodies such as the State Prosecutor's Office.

At Bridge's insistence, the ruling coalition parties agreed to embark on amendments to the HNB Act which would enable the State Audit Office to audit the HNB. Reiner said "the situation is such as to delay a decision on everything" and vote "when conditions have been met."

Also today, parliament declared 2016 Nikola Subic Zrinski Year, joining the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Szigeth from the Turkes, which was led by that Croatian statesman and military leader. Declaring 2016 Nikola Subic Zrinski Year was moved by the Committee for Education, Science and Culture.

Parliament also endorsed a report on the enforcement of the constitutional law on national minorities' rights in 2014 and suggested that the government move amendments to the law on the use of national minorities' languages and scripts within three months, in line with a Constitutional Court decision of August 2014.

Parliament ended the session and it was not said when the next one will be convened.

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