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3. 2. 2016.
Two deputy parliament speakers from opposition ranks elected

Deputy Speakers Vesna Pusić and Milanka Opačić (Photo FaH/Slivar Dominić)Zagreb - Vesna Pusić of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and Milanka Opačić of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) are the new deputy speakers of the Croatian parliament, elected from the ranks of the opposition, deputies decided on Wednesday with a majority vote and without a debate.

A total of 76 MPs were in favour of Opačić's election, 15 were against and three abstained, while Pusić received the support of 56 deputies, 33 voted against and five abstained.

With their election, the parliament now has all five deputy speakers -- three are from the ranks of the ruling majority (Ante Sanader of the Croatian Democratic Union, Robert Podolnjak of the Bridge party and Ivan Tepeš of the Croatian Party of Rights) and two are from the opposition.

Former Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and ministers from his government from the ranks of the SDP and the HNS took an oath today as parliamentary deputies in the 151-seat legislature. (Hina)

1. 2. 2016.
Reiner, Schultze advocate stronger economic cooperation
Zagreb - Croatia and Germany wish to strengthen their economic relations and an initiative has been launched for cooperation between the German, Austrian and Swiss chambers of commerce with the Croatian Employers' Association, Croatian Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner and German Ambassador to Croatia Erberhard Schultze said on Monday.
27. 1. 2016.
Four Croatians where named as Righteous Among the Nations
Zagreb - Israel's Ambassador to Croatia Zida Kalay Kleitman on Wednesday, on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, presented four Croatians with Righteous Among the Nations medals on behalf of the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Jerusalem.
22. 1. 2016.
Orešković: Main goal is to improve economy and living standards
Zagreb - Prime Minister-designate Tihomir Orešković presented his programme in parliament on Friday, saying that the main goal of his government would be to improve the economic and social situation in Croatia and increase living standards.
15. 1. 2016.
Croatia marks 24th anniversary of international recognition

Zagreb - Croatia celebrates the 24th anniversary of international recognition on Friday, remembering January 15, 1992 when the countries of the then European Community (EC) jointly recognised it as an independent state and Germany, which played a key role in that process together with the Holy See, established diplomatic relations with Croatia.

15th January - The Day of International Recognition of the Republic of Croatia

Republic of Croatia initiating  the process of disassociation from Yugoslavia started its path of international recognition on 15 January when it was officially recognized by twelve countries of the European Economic Community. The very same day Croatia was recognized by Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Switzerland.

The first country to recognize Croatia was Iceland on 19 December 1991 while Germany recognized it the very same day. The European Economic Community finally granted Croatia diplomatic recognition on 15 January 1992. Two more countries decided to recognize Croatia before the EEC – scheduled date: the Holy See and San Marino. By the end of January Croatia was recognized by seven more countries.

Croatia became a UN member state on 22 May 1992, Council of Europe member state on 6 November 1996, NATO member state on 1 April 2009 and European Union 28th member state on 1 July 2013. Croatia has also been an active member of numerous other world and European international associations, processes and initiatives.

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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 2nd session scheduled to take place on 22, 27, 28, 29 January, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 February 2016.

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