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Electoral system / Referendum

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.

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.

13
03
2015

"We would not back out of our demand for a referendum"

The leader of a civil society group heading a campaign against the government's plan to lease motorways, unionist Mijat Stanic, on Friday welcomed the government's decision to back down from this idea, adding that the group would not back out of their demand for a referendum as they wanted to ban leasing motorways by law.

04
02
2015

Court asked to test motorway referendum question constitutionality

The Croatian Parliament's Constitution Committee on Wednesday decided to ask the Constitutional Court to test the constitutionality of the question in the planned referendum against leasing motorways, with Committee Chairman Pedja Grbin of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) explaining that the referendum question would imply an absolute ban on concessions in the motorway sector.

12
01
2015

Road union rep not surprised by constitutional court's decision

President of the Independent Roads Union Mijat Stanic, who was the main person behind an initiative to call a referendum against the government's plan to lease Croatian motorways, said on Tuesday that he wasn't surprised that the Constitutional Court had rejected a request to temporarily ban any further procedures until the referendum was finalised.

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