Croatian Parliament

Croatia's parliament set to adjust 71 national laws with EU acquis in 2017

Croatia's parliament (Sabor) is scheduled to convene for a regular sitting next week and this year the 9th 151-seat legislature is expected to transpose European Union acquis communautaire into new 71 laws, including the law restricting the use of tobacco products.

Marathon-long session on budget ends, vote may be after 3 days

Croatia's parliament finished a 14-hour long session on a 2017 draft budget shortly after Saturday midnight, and during the debate that started on Saturday morning, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic described the draft as a step forward in achieving social solidarity while at the same time it was aimed at strengthening fiscal stability and sustainability.

Parliament, HDZ commemorate 17th anniversary of Tudjman's death

On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the death of the first president of the Republic of Croatia and the founder of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Franjo Tudjman, delegations of the Croatian parliament and the HDZ on Saturday laid wreaths and lit candles at Tudjman's grave at Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery.

"Vukowar - 87 Days of Pain and Suffering" opened in Croatian Parliament

The exhibition features a collection of war photographs portraying difficult war-time days in Vukovar, eastern Croatia.

Parliament adds tax reform legislative package to agenda

Parliament on Friday amended its agenda with 19 items, including a tax reform legislative package and a protocol on Montenegro's NATO accession.

Amendments to local elections legislation endorsed in 1st reading

A majority of Croatian lawmakers on Wednesday morning voted for the Bridge-sponsored amendments to the Law on Local Elections stipulating a ban on nominating a candidate whose rehabilitation period for an offence he or she is convicted of is still running at the moment when the decision on calling the elections takes effect.

Speaker slams MPs for nonattendance of sessions

Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party has said that it is unacceptable for him that members of parliament, whose monthly salary is about 16,000 (over EUR 2,000), do not attend sessions on a regular basis, and announced a plan for penalties in the amount of three travel warrants (up to 1,500 kuna).

Number of female MPs in 9th Sabor rises to 30

The number of female deputies to the ninth Croatian parliament rose from 19 on the day of the new legislature's inauguration, to 30 on October 21 given that in the meantime some more women have been sworn in as MPs to replace lawmakers who opted for other duties and posts.

Law lowering entitlements for office-holders adopted

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.

Petrov: Sabor must be more efficient, adopt code of conduct for MPs

The newly-appointed Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said in his first address to the Parliament as Speaker that his priority would be to make the Parliament and its bodies as efficient as possible, announcing the adoption of a code of conduct for members of Parliament.

CV of newly-appointed Croatian Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov

Bozo Petrov, the newly-appointed Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, was born in the southern town of Metkovic on October 16, 1979.

New Croatian Parliament inaugurated

The ninth 151-member Croatian Parliament was inaugurated on Friday following the September 11 snap election, and Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party was appointed Speaker of Parliament.

Citizens expect MPs to attend sessions more regularly

The sixth Parliament Open Door Day was held on Sunday and among the questions visitors asked outgoing Speaker Zeljko Reiner was whether the new MPs would attend sessions more regularly and if politics was a good choice for young people.

President to convene parliament's inaugural session for Oct 14

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will convene the inaugural session of the ninth Croatian parliament for October 14 and a second round of consultations on the formation of a new government for October 10.

Plenkovic: HDZ close to stable parl. majority

We are close to forming a stable parliamentary majority, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday when asked about his expectations from the continuation of talks with representatives of ethnic minorities, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Croatian parliament marks Day of Remembrance for victims of totalitarian regimes

Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, observed on 23 August, was marked in Croatia's parliament where Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said that crimes committed by Nazis, Fascists and Ustasha in WW2 had been prosecuted and punished while crimes "committed by Communists against tens of thousands Croats" had never been prosecuted nor punished.

Pupovac says doesn't fear competition for Serb minority seats in Croatian parliament

The Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) on Friday submitted to the State Election Commission candidacies for three representatives of the Serb ethnic minority that will run Constituency no.12.

Reiner says 8th parliament fails to meet expectations

Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner has said that the 8th parliament, which was officially dissolved on Friday, has failed to do what it was expected of it, namely it failed to implement structural reforms.

Dombrovskis: EC report to confirm "limited progress" of Croatia

The European Commission vice-president for the euro and social dialogue discussed with members of several parliamentary committees the report on macroeconomic imbalances and risks which the Commission is due to release on Friday.

IFJ urges Croatian leaders to stop undemocratic silencing of free media

The IJF said that journalists' organisations worldwide were very concerned about attacks on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and media freedom by members of the Croatian government and representatives of the majority in the Croatian Parliament.

Parliament restores its sponsorship of Bleiburg commemoration

The Croatian parliament will again sponsor commemorations of the Bleiburg tragedy, the parliamentary presidency decided on Thursday with four votes in favour and two against.

Croatia Is Growing coalition files motion for no confidence vote in veterans minister

The parties of the opposition Croatia Is Growing coalition sent a motion to parliament on Thursday for a confidence vote in War Veterans' Minister Mijo Crnoja.

Institute of Public Finance: Reforms should focus on budget expenditure, public debt

The Institute of Public Finance (IJF) on Tuesday released the publication "To the Government and the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia" recommending all-round and not partial reforms focusing on the expenditure side of the budget and public debt management.

New Croatian government approved by parliament

The new government was supported by 83 members of Parliament, while 61 voted against and 5 abstained.

PM-designate given 30 more days to form gov't

The President did so at Oreskovic's request, she signed her decision and it became effective immediately.

Oreskovic presents new govt. to ruling coalition, confident of good results

"We got to know each other a bit, I submitted my biography and presented my vision. Every government member introduced themselves and we all became a little closer today."

Karamarko positive new gov't will be stable

Asked by reporters in the HDZ headquarters about the prospects of the Oreskovic cabinet, Karamarko said today it would be "a stable government."

Milanovic: Length of debate on new gov't to be decided by MPs

Milanovic said that he was leaving a better and freer Croatia with more stable finances, better tax revenues and greater human freedoms.

PM designate praises his team as right mix of experts

Oreskovic, whose nickname is Tim, said at the start of the news conference that this would be "Tim's team". Before the conference, a list with the names of the candidates was handed out to reporters.

PM-designate presents ministerial nominees

Presenting his team, Oreskovic said he had held a meeting with the nominees on Thursday morning, describing the meeting as "very positive and full of energy".

Bridge would rescind salaries for outgoing MPs

Kovacic told reporters the bill was drawn up, that it would be submitted at parliament's first session, and that it was only the first step in reducing MPs' entitlements.

Majority of opposition against limiting discussion on new govt.

He said the opposition, when it was in power, fought to include in parliament's Standing Orders a provision stipulating that parliamentary groups could agree that groups alone could speak about a topic instead of MPs individually.

Clubs don't accept parliament's time-saving plan

In light of that fact that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) refused to accept this, and some other Opposition clubs followed, we will organise the debate as usual, Reiner of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said after the clubs' meeting.

Reiner says PM-designate to present his cabinet in parliament next Friday

The session is called for Friday because the government is expected to be formed by then and we did not want to create additional costs, Reiner said.

Parliamentary groups discuss forming par'l bodies

A total of 10 parliamentary groups have been constituted so far while the Bridge reformist party and the group representing six ethnic minorities are expected to form their parliamentary groups in the near future.

Parliament speaker wishes merry Christmas to Orthodox believers

Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner on Thursday extended his best wishes to Croatian citizens celebrating Christmas according to the Julian calendar.

Karamarko: HDZ to present govt. scheme to Bridge on Monday

"The first polls show that he's already won citizens' confidence. Oreskovic is certainly something fresh and I'm glad that we managed to win him over to take this job."

Oreskovic calls constitution of parliament historic

In response to criticisms that a country cannot be managed like a company, Oreskovic said that his first objective is to raise Croatia's credit rating. 

Outgoing government's work good foundation for next, says deputy PM

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Branko Grcic said on Monday the outgoing government had provided a good foundation for the new one and that he, with his experience in parliament and the government, could contribute to Croatia.

Newly-appointed speaker addresses parliament

Addressing an inaugural session of the Sabor, Reiner underlined its role in the past and in the present time.

New Croatian Parliament inaugurated

Reiner was the sole candidate for the post, put forward by 79 MPs. He received support from 88 lawmakers, 62 abstained from the vote, while one voted against.

New parliament to hold inauguaral meeting Monday

After Bridge, an association of slates of independent candidate that emerged third in the November 8 election, and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led "Patriotic Coalition", that won 59 seats, finally agreed to propose Oreskovic as the PM-Designate, the next step in the developments is the establishment of the new parliament. 

USKOK says there's no evidence of political trade-offs

USKOK had instructed the police to investigate possible threats and alleged trading in parliamentary seats of which some MPs publicly complained.