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22. 3. 2018.
HNB governor says undermining financial stability should be punishable by law
Zagreb - Croatian National Bank (HNB) governor Boris Vujcic said in Parliament on Thursday that it was difficult to find anywhere in the world a crisis that could be compared to the one in the Agrokor conglomerate, stressing however that although the crisis had not significantly affected Croatia's economy, it was necessary to make undermining the financial stability punishable under law.

Presenting semi-annual reports on the financial state of affairs, stability of prices and the implementation of the monetary policy in H1 2016, H2 2016 and H1 2017, Vujcic said that crises such as the one in Agrokor were rare, but that it was necessary to make undermining the financial stability a criminal offence, namely to sanction irresponsible actions of individuals for the common good. "Losses recorded after the appointment of the emergency administration amount to approximately 7% of GDP and if we compare that with Germany for example, this would be as if a company in that country had hidden losses in the amount of EUR 300 billion. Things like that rarely happen, except here," Vujcic said.

The governor underscored that the financial system had not been significantly exposed to the risk arising from Agrokor and that every possible scenario involving the conglomerate, including a total write-off of claims, could be handled. "The financial stability has been preserved, even in conditions involving the bankruptcy of the biggest company with an extremely high debt to GDP ratio," Vujcic said in Parliament.
19. 3. 2018.
Chairman of the Domestic Policy and National Security Committee Ranko Ostojić participated at the meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on Europol
Sofia – Chairman of the Domestic Policy and National Security Committee, Mr. Ranko Ostojić participated at the Second Meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) founded pursuant to the Conclusions of the Conference of Speakers of the European Union Parliaments in April 2017.

16. 3. 2018.
Law on Strategic Investment Projects passed
Zagreb - Parliament on Friday adopted the Law on Strategic Investment Projects which is aimed at strengthening the investment climate and making procedures for preparing investment projects simpler and faster.
16. 3. 2018.
Parliament adopts Family Farms Act
Zagreb - Parliament on Friday passed the Family Farms Act which is expected to lead to an improvement in the state of affairs in agriculture, enable distinguishing family farms from other businesses, and help bring order to the market of agricultural and food products.
15. 3. 2018.
Ó Fearghaíl praises huge contribution of Croats to Ireland
Zagreb - Ireland acknowledges the huge contribution Croatian immigrants have made to its society, visiting Irish Parliament Speaker Seán Ó Fearghaíl said after talks with his host, Sabor Speaker Gordan Jandroković, in Zagreb on Thursday.
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, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 March 2018.
Croatian Parliament is in recess until 11 April 2018.
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