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3. 12. 2016.
Meeting of the SEECP Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee held in the Croatian Parliament

Zagreb - First meeting of the Standing Committee of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Parliamentary Assembly, within the framework of Croatian Chairmanship-in-Office, was held in the Croatian Parliament on Saturday, 3rd December. Representatives of Parliaments gathered in the South-East European Cooperation Process were addressed by the Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Mr. Gordan Jandroković who expressed confidence in the successful Croatian chairmanship in accordance with the motto: "Connection. Communication. Cooperation.".

Deputy Speaker Jandroković emphasized the importance of priorities of the Croatian Parliament introduced at the occasion of assuming the presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly such as stronger cooperation with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the support to the SEECP participating countries for EU membership and Euro-Atlantic integrations. "We believe that it is necessary to continually encourage dialogue between our parliaments and mutually strive to continue building good-neighbourly relations, which are the foundation of stability and security in Southeast Europe,"Jandroković said, adding that the SEECP Parliamentary Assembly would thus allow for more direct and efficient exchange of experiences between EU and SEECP participating countries which aim to become part of the EU.

Meeting was attended by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Mr. Goran Svilanović, who presented the previous work of the RCC and "SEE 2020 Strategy" which, in cooperation with the ministries of economy of the Southeast Europe, defines the objectives of economic growth by 2020. The strategy comprises 11 objectives and Svilanović stressed among them the GDP growth, increased employment rates, growth of trade within the South East Europe region and beyond, promotion of investments in education and increased number of highly educated young people. During the meeting the participants discussed the technical issues of the permanent secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly and preparations for the future work of the Assembly’s committees. The meeting was chaired by the member of the Delegation of the Croatian Parliament to the SEECP Parliamentary Assembly, Ms. Majda Burić.

2. 12. 2016.
Parliament adopts tax reform package
Zagreb - The Croatian parliament on Friday adopted the tax reform package with a majority vote and the new bills should enter into force on January 1, however, unsatisfied because their amendments were rejected, the Opposition led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) walked out during the vote.
1. 12. 2016.
Petrov and Valls Noyes reaffirm Croatian-US partnership
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Božo Petrov on Thursday received US Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes, their first meeting since he stepped into office in mid-October. The focus of the meeting was on cooperation within NATO and on strengthening bilateral cooperation, notably in the energy sector.
29. 11. 2016.
Parliament speaker meets ambassadors of Ukraine, Hungary, China
Zagreb - Croatian Parliament Speaker Božo Petrov on Tuesday received the ambassadors of Ukraine, Hungary and China with whom he discussed bilateral relations, and the strengthening of both political and economic cooperation.
25. 11. 2016.
Croatian parliament ratifies Montenegro's accession to NATO
Zagreb - The Croatian parliament ratified Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Friday. The law ratifying the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of Montenegro was carried by 96 votes in favour, three against and two abstentions. Present during the vote was the Speaker of the Montenegrin parliament, Ivan Brajović.
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 216 and 224 of the Croatian Parliament’s Standing Orders, Speaker of Parliament convoked the Parliament for the 2nd session scheduled to take place on 23, 24, 25, 29 and 30 November and 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14 and 15 December 2016
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