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7. 11. 2018.
Jandroković, Risikko discuss preparations for EU presidency

The two speakers Risikko and Jandroković at the Eduskunta (Photo: Hina/Slavko Vukadin)Helsinki - Croatia and Finland will preside over the European Union in times full of challenges and they are ready to fully cooperate and support one another, Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković and his Finnish counterpart Paula Risikko said at their meeting in Helsinki on Wednesday.

Jandroković, who is taking part in a European People's Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki together with a delegation of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), held talks with Risikko within the frameworks of the preparation of Trio (Romania, Finland, Croatia), for taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 Jan 2019 to 30 June 2020. The concept of trio/troika has been introduced to enable member states to share experiences and ensure coherence on an 18-months base.

"We primarily discussed the future presidency of the Council of the European Union because together with Romania we are part of the chairing troika. Croatia will chair the EU for the first time and Finland's experience is very important to us," Jandroković told the press after his meeting with Risikko. He underscored friendly bilateral relations, adding that both countries wanted to deepen cooperation in the economy and within the EU. The talks also focused on numerous challenges before the EU, including the migrant crisis, Jandroković said.

The two speakers expressed readiness to fully cooperate and support one another in order to successfully prepare and implement the parliamentary dimension of each of the three countries' presidencies. They also commended cooperation so far.

Jandroković and Risikko also talked about topical European issues such as the future functioning of the European Union, the migrant crisis, topics discussed at the EPP congress and the election of the candidate for the European Commission  president.

The two speakers agreed that Croatia and Finland shared the commitment to Euro-Atlantic structures, and that there was room to strengthen bilateral relations.

6. 11. 2018.
Jandroković: Croatia wants to promote stability and peace in the Mediterranean

Dubrovnik - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković, speaking in Dubrovnik on Tuesday, emphasised the importance of cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries, adding that Croatia wanted to promote stability and peace in the Mediterranean.

6. 11. 2018.
Joint Action for Security and Stability in the Mediterranean
Photo: HinaDubrovnik – The International Parliamentary Conference “Building democratic security in the Mediterranean: common challenges, shared responsibility” was held on Tuesday as part of Croatia’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, organized by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Croatian Parliament.
30. 10. 2018.
Dombrovskis pledges support to Croatia's efforts to introduce euro
Zagreb - Members of the European Affairs Committee, Finance and Central Budget Committee, Committee on the Economy, Labour, Retirement System and the Social Partnership Committee and the Committee on Regional Development and European Union Funds held a meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission and the Commissioner for Euro and Social Dialogue, Valdis Dombrovskis.
29. 10. 2018.
Interparliamentary conference on EU's common agricultural policy to take place in Zagreb on Nov 22-23
Zagreb - An interparliamentary conference on the proposal of a new legal framework for the European Union's common agricultural policy for the next programme period will be held in the Croatian Parliament on November 22-23, the Chairman of the Croatian Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Tomislav Panenić, and Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolušić announced on Monday.
Croatia's Path to the EU

Croatia’s EU accession process began by the end of the 90’s. In 1997 the Council of the EU laid down the political and economic preconditions for developing bilateral relations with Croatia and in 1999, at the proposal of the European Commission, the Stabilization and Association Process for the countries of Southeast Europe, Croatia included, was adopted. In 2000 high level representatives of the EU and the countries included in the Stabilization and Association Process gathered for the Zagreb Summit, where the negotiations for the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) were opened.

By signing the SAA in Luxembourg on 29 October 2001, Croatia entered contractual relations with the Union for the first time. The country became a potential candidate and started comprehensive preparations for the membership of the European Union. Upon its ratification in the Croatian Parliament, the European Parliament and in all EU Member-States’ national parliaments, the SAA entered into force on 1 February 2005.

Croatia applied for EU membership on 21 February 2003 and, after getting the European Commission’s positive opinion in April 2004, it was granted the status of candidate country in June 2004. This opened the way for starting accession negotiations, officially launched on 3 October 2005, when the first Intergovernmental Conference between the EU Member States and Croatia was held. The basis of negotiations were Croatia and the EU’s negotiating positions, individually elaborated for each chapter based on the results of analytical overviews.

Croatia closed the negotiations on 30 June 2011. Their results now make an integral part of the Treaty of Accession, signed by Croatia on 9 December 2011 in Brussels. The provisions of the Treaty stipulate that it will enter into force on 1 July 2013 subject to it being ratified by Croatia and all the EU Member States in conformity with their constitutional provisions.

On 23 December 2011, the Croatian Parliament adopted the decision on calling a state referendum on the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union. It was decided that the referendum would be held on 22 January 2012.

Before that, on 19 January 2012, the Croatian Parliament adopted the Declaration on the Membership of the Republic of Croatia of the European Union as a Strategic Interest of the Republic of Croatia, by which it called all the citizens of Croatia to come out to cast their vote in the referendum, express their democratic will and thus contribute to the development of Croatia as a state of democratic, pluralistic and open society.

At the referendum held on 22 January 2012 the citizens of Croatia supported Croatia’s membership of the European Union with 66.27% "for" votes. When the Accession Treaty entered into force on 1 July 2013, Croatia became the 28th Member State of the European Union.

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Pursuant to articles 216 and 224 of the Croatian Parliament’s Standing Orders, Speaker of Parliament convoked the Parliament for the 10th session scheduled to take place on 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30  November and 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 December 2018.
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