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17. 1. 2018.
PM reports to Parliament on European Council meetings in 2017

Zagreb - Migration, Europe's future and digital development were the main topics on the EU's agenda in 2017, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said in parliament on Wednesday while presenting a report on meetings of the European Council in 2017, with emphasis on Croatia.

Along with work on creating, implementing and following EU policies, Croatia in 2017 also presented a national strategy for the introduction of the euro, it continued meeting conditions for accession to the Schengen area of passport-free travel and continued advocating and supporting EU enlargement to Southeast Europe, the report notes.

In 2017 the EU was presided over by Malta and Estonia, with Malta's presidency in the first half of the year having been marked by the issue of migration and political discussions about the future of the EU on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, while Estonia's presidency put emphasis on digital development, said Plenković.

The EU continues the discussion on the reform of the asylum policy in 2018 and an agreement on the matter should be reached by June. However, the Višegrad Group countries are hampering the process by continuing to oppose binding quotas for the redistribution of refugees. In that context, Plenković said that Croatia had undertaken to take in 1,583 refugees from Greece, Italy and Turkey. So far, 60 people have been taken over from Greece, 21 from Italy and 48 from Turkey, he said, recalling that in December Croatia paid EUR 200,000 into the Fund for Africa.

As for discussions on the future of Europe, Plenković said that he would present Croatia's positions on the matter at a plenary session of the European Parliament in early February. He underlined that by 2019 Croatia was expected to meet all technical requirements for accession to the Schengen area.

16. 1. 2018.
New Parliament session starts Wednesday after month-long recess
Zagreb - After a month- long recess, Croatian MP are set to return to Parliament on Wednesday, when the 7th session is scheduled to commence.
9. 1. 2018.
Croatia takes over the Presidency of the Central European Initiative

Zagreb – On the first day of the year, the Republic of Croatia took over the Presidency of the Central European Initiative (CEI). Thereby the Croatian Parliament assumed the Chairmanship of the Parliamentary Dimension of this organization that brings together 18 member states.

23. 12. 2017.
Parliament Speaker issued Christmas message
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Saturday issued a Christmas message with his best wishes for all Croatians in the country and abroad.
21. 12. 2017.
Jandroković: Opatija Initiative for financing sports should be supported

Zagreb - This is an exceptionally good initiative and the state should support it, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said on Thursday after receiving a delegation of the Opatija Initiative which has made its recommendations for a new bill on financing Croatian sports.

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, 14, 15, 16, 28 February and 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 March 2018.
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