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26. 10. 2016.
Croatian PM briefs parliament on European Council conslusions

Zagreb - It is critical to have a comprehensive approach towards the migrations policy, starting with true migration causes to dialogue with countries of their origin and transit about the management of migration routes, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said in parliament on Wednesday while presenting a report on the European Council meeting held in Brussels on October 20 and 21 which focused on migrations, the trade policy, the relationship with Russia and Brexit.

"In order to deepen dialogue between the government and parliament, notably on topics in the focus of the EU's attention, today I would like to start a practice of regularly briefing the public, including parliamentary deputies, about discussions and conclusions at European Council meetings," Plenković said at the start of his talk.

Plenković told the MPs that the Prime Minister of Slovakia, the current EU chair, underscored priorities in the coming period -- a return to Schengen, operationalisation of the European border and coast guard and the implementation of systematic checks on external borders. Plenković also underlined the successful ratification of the Paris Agreement and called for additional efforts regarding the signing of the CETA agreement and the modernisation of protective trade mechanisms.

According to Plenković, in his introductory address European Parliament President Martin Schultz called for cancelling the visa regime for Ukrainian citizens as soon as possible and for continuing the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea to Russia. Russia was one of the topics discussed at a more informal meeting, Plenković said, adding that the meeting discussed Russia's role in Syria and Ukraine. Schultz called on the member states to show solidarity regarding migration issues in an effort to successfully manage the migration crisis. (Hina)

19. 10. 2016.
Parliament votes confidence in new government
Zagreb - After a debate that lasted the whole day, the Croatian parliament on Wednesday evening voted confidence in Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his government. Of 139 MPs attending the session, 91 voted for the new government, 45 voted against and three abstained.
14. 10. 2016.
Petrov: Sabor must be more efficient, adopt code of conduct for MPs

Zagreb - The newly-appointed Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said in his first address to the Parliament as Speaker that his priority would be to make the Parliament and its bodies as efficient as possible, announcing the adoption of a code of conduct for members of Parliament.

9. 10. 2016.
Citizens expect MPs to attend sessions more regularly
Zagreb - The sixth Parliament Open Door Day was held on Sunday and among the questions visitors asked outgoing Speaker Željko Reiner was whether the new MPs would attend sessions more regularly and if politics was a good choice for young people.
7. 10. 2016.
Croatian parliament marks 25 years of independence
Zagreb - The Croatian parliament gave a reception on Friday to mark Independence Day, remembering 8 October 1991 when it adopted a historic resolution declaring Croatia's independence from the Yugoslav federation.
Overview of the legislative work of the Croatian Parliament in its 8th term
Croatian Parliament in its 8th term was constituted on 28 December 2015, while a decision on its dissolution was adopted on 20 June 2016 after a vote of no-confidence to the President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia which was held on 16 June. Although the Croatian Parliament has formally been dissolved on 15 July 2016, MP’s term of office lasts until the constitution of the next 9th term. Constitution of 9th term of the Parliament is expected sometime after the official recognition of the results of elections to be held on Sunday, September 11.
Overview of MP structure in the 8th term of Parliament

In 8th term of Parliament 151 MPs were elected. 121 male and 30 female MPs (80:20 ratio). Since the constitution of 8th term on 28 December 2015 until 15 July 2016, 198 MPs activated their terms. During this term of Parliament 26 terms of office were suspended, and 21 ended.

One hundred and fourty two seats were distributed within 21 parliamentary parties and 9 independent MPs. 8 MPs were representatives of national minorities and 3 MPs were representatives the Croatian Diaspora.

Most of the MPs acted within the political groups, 148 of them, and three MPs were outside the political groups. In terms of education, 113 MPs were university scholars, 15 of them polytechnic scholars and 13 high school graduates. The largest age group was 51-60 (56 deputies), while 3 MPs were under 30, and only one MP was in the 70 over age group.

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Pursuant to articles of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia and the Act on Election of Representatives to the Croatian Parliament, President of the Republic of Croatia convoked the 1st session of the Croatian Parliament to take place on 14th October 2016.
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