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14. 2. 2018.
Parliament speaker says political stability key for economic growth, development

Zagreb - Political stability is the main prerequisite for the country's economic growth and development and was therefore a priority in the Croatian government's first year in office, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said on Wednesday at this year's first business lunch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.

He recalled that in 2016, due to political instability, there was an overall standstill and a social crisis, adding that the incumbent ruling coalition was "slim and heterogeneous, so it should be guarded."

"Without a firm parliamentary majority, Croatia has problems in everyday functioning," Jandroković said, adding that Croatia was not a traditional democracy lasting decades but a very young one.

He said the current world situation was very complex, in turmoil, with Southeast Europe not yet stabilised, while Croatia had faced with the crash of the Agrokor conglomerate and the situation in neighbouring countries. "The world is no longer predictable. But even in such circumstances, the 14 months of this government show that Croatia is going in a better direction and achieving better and better results. (Hina)

13. 2. 2018.
Ansip asks Croatian lawmakers for support in developing Digital Single Market
Zagreb - The European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, said in the Croatian Parliament on Tuesday that the digital single market was very important for Europe's future.
12. 2. 2018.
Jandroković, Vučić agree on need for continuous dialogue
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Monday received Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and they confirmed that continuous dialogue was necessary to improve relations at all levels, notably on outstanding issues such as the war missing, ethnic minorities, the border, and judicial cooperation.
7. 2. 2018.
Parliament speakers say Croatia-Kosovo relations friendly
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković and his Kosovo counterpart Kadri Veseli said in Zagreb on Wednesday the two countries had very good and friendly relations which had been raised to the level of friendship and cooperation in the ten years since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
30. 1. 2018.
Members of the competent committees meet with the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič
Zagreb - A meeting of the members of the European Affairs Committee, Committee on the Economy, Environment and Nature Conservation Committee and Committee on Regional Development and European Union Funds with Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič.
January 15 - Day of the international recognition of the Republic of Croatia

Croatia celebrates the 26th anniversary of international recognition, 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.

On January 15, 1992, when Croatia became internationally recognised, the Homeland War was under way and nearly a third of the country was occupied by the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) and Serb insurgents. Croatia would fully regain control of its territory only six years later, after the completion of peaceful reintegration of Eastern Slavonia and the Danube region.

That evening, in his televised address to the nation, the first President of Croatia, Franjo Tudjman, said: "This day - January 15, 1992 - will be engraved in gold letters in the 14-century-long history of the Croatian people on this sacred soil bordered by the Mura, the Drava, the Danube and the Adriatic."

The international recognition of Croatia was a gradual process that followed the country's declaration of independence on June 25, 1991. On that day Slovenia also declared independence from Yugoslavia and the two new states recognised each other the next day. At the same time the Soviet Union was also dissolving with the Baltic States and Ukraine leading the way. Although themselves without international recognition, they recognised Croatia in 1991. The first one to do so was Lithuania, on July 30. It was followed by Ukraine (December 11), Latvia (December 14) and Estonia (December 31).

The first sovereign country to recognise Croatia was Iceland, which did so on December 19, 1991. Germany also did so on the same day, but decided that its formal recognition would take effect on January 15, 1992 together with recognition by other EC member states. Two days before the EC, January 13, 1992, Croatia was recognised by the Holy See. The Vatican had announced its recognition of Croatia and Slovenia already on December 20, 1991 in a special document in response to requests by Croatia and Slovenia for diplomatic recognition. On October 3, 1991 the Vatican was the first to announce that it was working on the international recognition of Croatia. A day after the Holy See, Croatia was recognised by San Marino.

On January 15, 1992 Croatia was recognised by the United Kingdom, Denmark, Malta, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Luxembourg and Greece. The next day Argentina, Australia, the Czech Republic, Chile, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Slovakia, Sweden and Uruguay followed suit. By the end of January 1992, Croatia had been recognised by seven more states -- Finland, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.

Russia recognised Croatia on February 17, 1992, Japan on March 17, the United States on April 7, Israel on April 16 (diplomatic relations, however, were established only five and a half years later), and China on April 27. The first Asian country to recognise Croatia was Iran, on March 15, 1992, while Egypt was the first African country to do so, on April 16, 1992.

Croatia became a member of the United Nations on May 22, 1992, and 21 years after its international recognition, on July 1, 2013, it joined the European Union as the 28th member state.

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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 7th session scheduled to take place on 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 January, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 28 February and 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 March 2018.
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