FAQ

When is the Croatian Parliament open for public?

Working hours of the Croatian Parliament for public are from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Parliament does not open for public on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. During the parliamentary sessions there are several running services functioning as well. Summer and winter recess is staff vacation time. At that time there are duty hours.

When is the regular sitting of the Croatian Parliament?

Twice a year: between 15th January and 15th July, and between 15th September and 15th December. However, the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister or the majority of MPs can call an emergency session. The Speaker of the Parliament can, given the prior opinion of the Deputy Clubs, call an emergency session, too.

How is the Croatian Parliament organized?

The internal constitution of the Croatian Parliament is regulated by the Standing Orders.

Who is the actual Speaker of the Croatian Parliament?

In the 9th term the Speaker is Gordan Jandroković.

What are the rights and duties of the Speaker of the Parliament?

The rights and duties of the Speaker of the Parliament are regulated by the Standing Orders in the chapters “General Rights and Duties of Members of Parliament” and “Speaker, Deputy Speakers, Presidency, Secretary and Staff Service of Parliament”.

Who elects the Speaker?

The Speaker is elected among the MPs, and usually from the parliamentary majority. The Speaker is elected at the first meeting  when the majority of MPs is present.

How many MPs are there in the 9th term?

There are 151 MPs. During the Parliament, due to changes in the deputies’ structure, there can be less active deputy mandates temporarily.

What is the duration of the deputy mandate, can it and when be prolonged?

The mandate is four years and it can be prolonged only in the case of war, direct threat to sovereignty, unity and existence of the State, or big natural catastrophes.

What are the working bodies of the Parliament and what do they do?

The working bodies of the Parliament are committees. There are 30 working bodies functioning in the Croatian Parliament at present. The working bodies of the Parliament discuss and debate motions and initiatives for the enactment of laws and other regulations and other matters within the authority of the Parliament. Besides the working bodies formed according the Standing Orders, the Croatian Parliament can form other working bodies as well, giving them the name, structure, working obligations and methods.

Who is entitled to motion a law?

Any MP, Deputy Club or working body of the Croatian Parliament, as well as the Government of the Republic of Croatia, can motion a law.

Can citizens motion a law?

The citizens cannot motion a law, however, they can give an initiative for the law motion by organizing themselves and contacting their local MP.

What is the “Question Time”?

Question Time is an opportunity for MPs to ask the Prime minister and government ministers questions. It is held at the beginning of each parliamentary sitting after deciding on the Agenda, and before the first issue of the Agenda.

What is the interpellation and who has the right to submit it?

Interpellation is the formal right of the Parliament to submit formal questions to the Government on their decisions if there are some deviations from the general opinion of the Government or ministries concerning laws and policies regulated before. Interpellation has to be submitted to the Speaker of the Parliament by at least one tenth of MPs.

Can visitors attend the sittings of the Croatian Parliament?

According the decision of the Presidency of the Croatian Parliament, the Visitors' Gallery in the Chamber is reserved for citizens who wish to follow the debates at parliamentary plenary sessions. Written requests to attend the debates are submitted to the parliamentary Citizens Service at least three days in advance.

Does the Parliament sit on holidays and memorial days?

Croatian Parliament does not work on holidays – designated as non-working days by law; the Parliament works regularly on memorial days – not designated as non-working days.


Holidays – non-working days in the Republic of Croatia – are:

1st January – New Year’s Day (Nova godina)
6th January – Epiphany or Three Kings' Day (Bogojavljenje ili Sveta tri kralja)
12th April in 2020 - Easter Sunday (Uskrs)
13th April in 2020 - Easter Monday (Uskrsni ponedjeljak)
1st May – International Workers' Day (Praznik rada) 
30th May – Statehood Day (Dan državnosti)
11th June in 2020 - The Feast of Corpus Christi (Tijelovo)
22nd June – Anti-Fascist Struggle Day (Dan antifašističke borbe)
5th August – Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day (Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti i Dan hrvatskih branitelja)      
15th August – Assumption of Mary (Velika Gospa)
1st November – All Saints' Day (Svi sveti)
18th November – Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Homeland War and the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Vukovar and Škabrnja (Dan sjećanja na žrtve Domovinskog rata i Dan sjećanja na žrtvu Vukovara i Škabrnje)
25th and 26th December – Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day (Božić i Sv. Stjepan)


Observances – working days in the Republic of Croatia – are:

9th January – Day of Međimurje’s Reintegration into Motherland Croatia (Dan sjedinjenja Međimurja s maticom zemljom Hrvatskom)
15th January – Day of International Recognition of Croatia and Day of Peaceful Reintegration of the Danube Region into Croatia (Dan međunarodnog priznanja Republike Hrvatske i Dan mirne reintegracije hrvatskog Podunavlja)
15th March – National Protection Day (Dan osnivanja Narodne zaštite) 
30th April – Zrinski and Frankopan Death Anniversary (Dan pogibije Zrinskog i Frankopana)
9th May – Europe Day and Victory Day (Dan Europe i Dan pobjede)
Saturday or Sunday closest to May 15th – Day of Remembrance of the Victims in the Fight for Freedom and Independence (Dan spomena na hrvatske žrtve u borbi za slobodu i nezavisnost)
25th June    – Independence Day (Dan neovisnosti)
23rd August – Europe-wide Day of Remembrance for the Victims of all Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes – Nazism, Fascism and Communism (Black Ribbon Day) (Europski dan sjećanja na žrtve totalitarnih i autoritarnih režima – nacizma, fašizma i komunizma)
30th August – Day of Remembrance of the Missing Persons of Homeland War (Dan sjećanja na nestale osobe u Domovinskom ratu)
25th September – The Day of Adopting the Decision to Reintegrate Istria, Rijeka, Zadar and the Islands with Motherland Croatia (Dan donošenja Odluke o sjedinjenu Istre, Rijeke, Zadra i otoka s maticom zemljom Hrvatskom)
8th October – Croatian Parliament Day (Dan Hrvatskoga sabora).