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27. 4. 2016.
Parliament observes centennary of recognition of Islam in Croatia

Zagreb - A special session of the Croatian Parliament, marking the 100th anniversary of the institutionalised Islam in Croatia, was held on Wednesday with top state officials attending the event.

Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković  recalled that Islam had been present in Croatia for several centuries. "Through that time, the relations between the state and Islam had been exposed to challenges, but ever since 1916 we have been building these relations on new foundations. Croatia is the second European country to recognise Islam as an official religion and that was done only four years after Austria which recognised Islam in 1912," Orešković said.

Croatia and the Islamic community can be proud of what they have built through joint effort, the prime minister said.

"Today we have the experience of coexistence and regulated relations between the state and the Islamic community, which can serve as a model for many countries in Europe and the world," Orešković said, underscoring that he was proud of the fact that Croatian Muslims were an integral part of modern Croatian society.

Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner said the law adopted by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia on this day in 1916, proved to be a wise and long-reaching decision.

"We particularly appreciate the meaning of this decision in today's turbulent world of wars waged by an instrumentalised minority allegedly in the name of Islam thus unfortunately causing immeasurable damage to Muslims, but also to global peace and development of humanity. Because Islam is a religion of peace," Reiner said.

He said that for centuries Croatia has been the homeland to the biggest three monotheistic religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam. (Hina)

22. 4. 2016.
Sabor Speaker says commemoration free of political connotations
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner said after an official commemoration at Jasenovac on Friday that he was glad to see that today's commemorative event had been held in a dignified manner free of any political connotations.
16. 4. 2016.
New era of cooperation begins, Adriatic-Ionian Initiative conference hears
foto: Lidija LolićSplit - Participants in the 14th conference of parliament speakers of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative in Split on Saturday did not discuss only a European response to the migrant crisis, but also the added value of parliamentary cooperation within the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR), calling for stepping up activities which would improve their visibility and responsibility.
14. 4. 2016.
Parliament speaker, India's minister talk cooperation
Zagreb - Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner and India's Minister of State for External Affairs, Vijay Kumar Singh, met on Thursday in Zagreb and discussed strengthening relations between Croatia and India.
14. 4. 2016.
Croatian parliament speaker meets Albanian defence minister
Zagreb - Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner on Thursday met with Albanian Defence Minister Mimi Kodheli, who was on an official visit to Croatia.
Did you know...

 ... that the Parliament of the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia
a century ago, in 1916, passed the Act on the recognition of the Islamic religion in the Kingdom of Croatia- Slavonia?

Royal Country Government submitted to the Parliament "The legal basis of the recognition of the Islamic religion," and it was placed on the agenda of the 110th session on 28 February 1916. Legal basis was discussed and the parliamentarians were informed by two committees – Worship and Science Committee and Judiciary Committee. General and special debates ( first and second reading) were held on 6 March 1916, and the legal basis was adopted without debate at the third reading on 7 March 1916.

In accordance with the then procedure, the voted legal basis needed the Imperial consent from Vienna. Therefore, after the Viennese "supreme consent", the Act on the recognition of the Islamic religion came into force on 27 April 1916.

Enacting this law Islam became legally recognized religious confession opening the possibility for the Muslim community to acquire citizenship and all the rights provided.

Croatian laws in force at that time enacted legal confessionalism making the settling of Muslims almost impossible. Legal confessionalism meant that every citizen had to belong to one of the legally recognized religions due to the registers and marital rights as well as due to compulsory religious school education.

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Pursuant to articles 216 and 224 of the Croatian Parliament’s Standing Orders, Speaker of Parliament Željko Reiner convoked the Parliament for the 3rd session scheduled to take place on 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 April and 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 May 2016.

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