"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.
Representatives of Ukrainian civil organisations said in Zagreb that they urgently needed international support to put more pressure on the authorities to document the serious human rights violations there.
Representative of a civil initiative that opposes the sale of Croatian motorways, on Thursday opposed the government-sponsored Plan B regarding the monetisation of the debt of the motorways' operators, namely the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the HAC-ONC toll and maintenance company's shares to citizens and pension funds, saying they do not want the motorways to be sold to private capital.
Non-profit civic associations set up an eight-metre-high Trojan horse in Zagreb's main square on Wednesday symbolising the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States, urging citizens to sign a petition against the TTIP.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said on Sunday at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the break-out of inmates from the Ustasha-run Jasenovac camp on 22 April 1945, that Croatia's Constitution clearly states that the foundations of Croatia's sovereignty are based on anti-fascist values of World War Two and not on the values of the Nazi-puppet government (the so called Independent State of Croatia - NDH), calling on all those who don't see this clearly to publicly advocate the inclusion of the NDH in the Constitution.
A free trade agreement that is being negotiated between the European Union and the United States is an exceptionally important agreement that should contribute to the recovery of the European and American economies and it might be a starting point to define new, higher global standards, a conference in the Croatian parliament heard on Friday.
The European Commission (EC) wishes to come to a satisfactory solution with Croatia concerning the excessive macroeconomic imbalances and expects Croatia to resolutely implement the necessary reforms, a public debate held in Zagreb on Wednesday heard.
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.