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17. 3. 2017.
Petrov says hesitating with EU enlargement could further destabilise Southeast Europe

Speaker of Croatian Parliament Božo Petrov addresses to EU parliament speakersZagreb - The prospect of EU membership for Southeast European countries is very important, Croatian Parliament Speaker Božo Petrov said in Rome on Friday, where he was attending a conference of EU parliament speakers on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

"We must bear in mind that the prospect of European Union membership represents a desirable goal for the states in Southeast Europe as well as an incentive to carry out the necessary reforms, but also a means to defuse the potentially dangerous tensions in this still turbulent part of Europe," Petrov said. Croatia welcomes the renewed focus on and commitment to Southeast Europe, as neglect or delaying enlargement, coupled with economic difficulties and the current security issues, could further destabilise the region, which would be reflected all over Europe, Petrov said.

Addressing the conference, he said the current geopolitical situation and the new peace and stability threats demanded of politicians to deal more efficiently with European citizens' fears through better cooperation on security within the EU and stability in the neighbourhood.

In her keynote address, Italian Chamber of Deputies President Laura Boldrini recalled the historical events that set the foundations of present-day Europe.

The Treaty of Rome established the common market which facilitated the free flow of people, goods, services and capital, and today's focus of the EU member states, alongside promoting peace, freedom, democracy, equality and solidarity, should be on an even stronger integration of the European peoples in the face of the many challenges of today, said numerous participants in the conference. (Hina)

17. 3. 2017.
Croatian Parliament ratifies Paris Agreement
Zagreb - Croatia's lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted for the ratification of the Paris Agreement, a treaty within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and climate change responses.
15. 3. 2017.
Prime Minister Plenković submits report to Parliament on European Council meetings
Zagreb - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Wednesday informed the Croatian Parliament about European Council meetings, saying that it was particularly important to Croatia that last week's summit in Brussels had discussed the European Union membership prospects of Southeast Europe and that a message of encouragement had been sent to those countries.
2. 3. 2017.
Petrov says exporters drive economy
Zagreb - Parliament Speaker Božo Petrov said on Thursday that exporters were the drivers of the Croatian economy and that right and brave policies must be adopted to stimulate export-oriented economic development. Exports have helped Croatia's GDP growth the most, Petrov said at a meeting with representatives of the Lider Club of Exporters, congratulating them on that success.
27. 2. 2017.
Parliamentary committees address CETA
Zagreb - Most participants in Monday's session of three parliamentary committees on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada said they expected and wanted the Croatian parliament to be among the first to ratify it, but representatives of unions and Green Action said the public was insufficiently informed about CETA and that a public discussion should be held about it.
Distribution of mandates in the Croatian Parliament in March 2017

Croatian Parliament is composed of 151 active mandates, 5 are terminated and 29 in the state of the suspension of the term of office.

There are 141 Members of Parliament with a term of office within 17 parliamentary parties and 10 independent Members of Parliament. Mandates are distributed as follows:

Croatian Democratic Union (56), Social Democratic Party of Croatia (37), Bridge of the Independent Lists (14), Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats (9), Croatian Peasant Party (5), 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, seven 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, Bruna Esih in Deputy Club of the Croatian Democratic Union,  Veljko Kajtazi in Deputy Club of the Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats and Croatian Party of Pensioners, Tomislav Žagar 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, Marin Škibola in Deputy Club of the Let's Change Croatia.

Among 151 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 3rd session scheduled to take place on 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 January, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 February, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 March and 5, 6, 7 April 2017.

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