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14
05
2015

New civil initiative to call a referendum on referendums

"A referendum with fewer signatures and more petition sites" - this is the message of a new civil initiative by 15 unions and seven civil society organisations to launch the collection of signatures for a new referendum so as to ensure that signatures continue to be collected in public places and that the number of signatures required to call a referendum be reduced to 200,000.

28
04
2015

Three candidates for Constitutional Court judges short-listed

The parliamentary committee for the Constitution on Tuesday proposed that parliament appoint two constitutional court judges from three short-listed applicants out of 11 who had applied - a constitutional law professor, Sanja Baric, Judge Ivana Calic and former state prosecutor Mladen Bajic.

28
04
2015

NGOs to be allowed to finance referendums after all?

Public Administration Minister Arsen Bauk announced in Parliament on Tuesday that before the second reading of the bill on the financing of political activity, election campaigning and referendums he would ease the ban for civil society organisations to finance referendum activities.

27
04
2015

NGOs and unions: No passaran to "castration of democracy"

Activists of a few nongovernmental organisations on Monday raised their voice against prohibiting civil society associations and foundations from financing referendum activities and promotion, as envisaged by a bill on financing political activities, election campaigns and referenda, which is to receive first reading in the national parliament.

23
04
2015

Government calls elections for ethnic minority representatives

The government on Thursday adopted a decision to, due to the expiration of their terms, call elections for members to national minority councils and minority representatives in local and regional self-government units for 31 May.

21
04
2015

Referendum question on motorways lease unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court has found that the proposed referendum question on the lease of motorways is not in line with the Constitution, ruling that a referendum may not be called.

16
04
2015

"We must monetise motorway operators' debt one way or another"

Transport Minister Sinisa Hajdas Doncic on Thursday reiterated that the government would not abandon plans to monetise the debt of state motorway operators -- the Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ) --, but the cabinet would only change a model how to do it.

27
03
2015

Cuckoo’s eggs and buying parliamentary representatives – what lies in the legislative proposal?

Prohibiting civil society organizations from financing referendum campaigns is almost tantamount to prohibiting parties from financing their own election campaigns, considering the fact that referenda are one of the main forms of citizens’ activism and direct decision-making. At the same, time, political parties are enabled to “buy” parliamentary representatives.

26
03
2015

Cuckoo’s eggs and buying parliamentary representatives – what lies in the legislative proposal?

Prohibiting civil society organizations from financing referendum campaigns is almost tantamount to prohibiting parties from financing their own election campaigns, considering the fact that referenda are one of the main forms of citizens’ activism and direct decision-making. At the same, time, political parties are enabled to “buy” parliamentary representatives.

26
03
2015

Govt asks Court to reject requests on referenda on outsourcing, motorway lease

The government has sent its opinion to the Constitutional Court with regard to a request to call a state referendum concerning the adoption of a law on the outsourcing of non-core public-sector services, a press release from the closed session of the government on Thursday says.

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