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15. 11. 2017.
Parliamentary Finance Committee endorses 2018 draft budget

Zagreb - The Parliamentary Finance Committee on Wednesday upheld the 2018 draft budget and budget planning for 2019 and 2020, with one abstention by Social Democratic Party (SDP) MP Branko Grčić.

Finance Ministry State Secretary, Željko Tufekčić underscored that the 2018 budget was a continuation of fiscal consolidation and improving fiscal indicators. "Following a revision of the planned state deficit for this year of 0.6%, GDP and an expected decrease in the debt to GDP ratio of about 3% by the end of the year, the deficit planned for 2018 is about 0.5% of GDP. The trend of decreasing the debt to GDP ratio will continue by about an estimated 3.2% and at the end of 2018 should be at a level of about 76%," Tufekčić said.

He recalled that the Finance Ministry was in the process of issuing state bonds to cover debts in the motorways sector and added that investors had expressed their satisfaction with the trend in fiscal indicators over the past two years.

Tufekčić expects the refinancing of an additional 2.4 billion euro in loans for the motorway sector which means a significant decrease in the cost of interest on those loans. The 2018 draft budget foresees a total revenue of HRK 129 billion, which is 6.1% higher than the current budget while total expenditure is expected at HRK 133.3 billion, an increase of HRK 5 billion. The deficit will be about 0,5% or HRK 2 billion while an economic growth of 2.9% is forecast. (EUR 1 = HRK 7.5)

Commending on the efforts that are visible in the 2018 budget, an external member of the committee, Željko Lovrinčević recommended that a register be set up of potential liabilities that could emerge as a consequence of court disputes, arbitration proceedings and the like. Tufekčić explained that a list of potential liabilities exists and will be released together with the report on the execution of the 2017 budget. (Hina) 

10. 11. 2017.
Human rights committee endorses report on financing ethnic minority associations

Zagreb - The parliamentary Committee on Human and Minority Rights on Friday unanimously endorsed the annual report on funds spent on minority cultural programmes in 2016, submitted by the government's Council for Ethnic Minorities, according to which a total of HRK 31.9 million was allocated for those programmes.

3. 11. 2017.
Parliament Speaker Jandroković attended ceremony marking International Romani Language Day

Zagreb - The ceremony marking International Romani Language Day was held at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) in the presence of Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković, Minister for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy Nada Murganić, presidential envoy Renata Margaretić Urlić, Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić, member of Parliament for the Roma minority Veljko Kajtazi, and representatives of Roma organisations.

21. 10. 2017.
Croatian Parliament Speaker wraps up visit to Canada
Zagreb - Croatia's Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Friday visited the University of Waterloo and met Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanović and representatives of the Croat community in that Canadian city in southeastern Ontario, which was the last stop of his visit to Canada.
20. 10. 2017.
Canada Governor General receives Croatian Parliament Speaker
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković was received in Ottawa on Thursday by Governor General of Canada Julie Payette, who represents Queen Elizabeth II, and they said the bilateral relations between the two countries were excellent.
Distribution of mandates in the Croatian Parliament in October 2017

Croatian Parliament is composed of 150 active mandates, 13 are terminated and 31 in the state of the suspension of the term of office.

There are 137 Members of Parliament with a term of office within 18 parliamentary parties and 13 independent Members of Parliament. Mandates are distributed as follows:

Croatian Democratic Union (55), Social Democratic Party of Croatia (36), Bridge of the Independent Lists (12), Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats (5), Croatian Peasant Party (5), Civic Liberal Alliance (4), Istrian Democratic Assembly (3), Independent Democratic Serbian Party (3), Human Blockade (3), Let's Change Croatia (2), Croatian Demochristian Party (2), HRAST - Movement for Successful Croatia (1), Croatian Social-Liberal Party (1), Croatian Pensioners Party (1), Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja (1), People's Party - Reformists (1), Power - People's and Civic Engagement Party (1) and Party of Croatian Intergenerational Solidarity (1).

Among the Independent MPs, 12 of them are members of MP clubs: Vladimir Bilek and Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj in Deputy Club of the Labour and Solidarity Party, Party of Croatian Intergenerational Solidarity, Reformists and independent MPs and Deputy Club of national minorities, Bruna Esih, Željko Glasnović and Zlatko Hasanbegović in Deputy Club of the Independent for Croatia, Marko Vučetić, Tomislav Žagar and Ivan Kovačić in Deputy Club of the Bridge of the Independent Lists, Furio Radin in Deputy Club of the Istrian Democratic Assembly, Primorje - Gorski Kotar Alliance and Charter for Rijeka and Deputy Club of national minorities, Marin Škibola in Deputy Club of the Let's Change Croatia, Robert Jankovics and Veljko Kajtazi in Deputy Club of national minorities. 

Among 150 Members of Parliament 8 are representatives of national minorities.

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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 6th session scheduled to take place on 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30 November and 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 December 2017.
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