Attending plenary sessions
In 2000, the Presidency of the Croatian Parliament decided that the northern mezzanine in the Great Session Hall is to be reserved for citizens who wish to attend parliamentary plenary sessions. There are 52 available seats and all attendance requests up to that number are met. Most often visitors are groups interested in a specific topic being debated – trade unions, various civic associations, pupils and students and just individual citizens.
A close-up view
There are increasing numbers of citizens who want to get to know the Parliament up close, from the inside. Visits and professional guidance are organised by the Public Relations Department. Visitors are briefly informed of the Croatian Parliament’s history, and the history of the Parliament House; they are then familiarised with the rules for the election of deputies to the Croatian Parliament, with legislative procedures, the party structure of deputies and other topics for which visitors express an interest.
During 2002, the Croatian Parliament was visited by 5,748 citizens who either attended sessions or participated in guided tours. Most of these were pupils from about eighty schools—both elementary and secondary—and several groups of university students. Often these are tourist groups consisting either of Croatian citizens or foreign visitors. The requests of interested individuals can also be fulfilled, such that they are incorporated in tours and visits for organised groups.
Public Relations Department
Ph.: +385 1 4569 348, +385 1 4569 607; fax: +385 1 4560 611; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org