The Constitutional Court on Monday rejected a request by a civil society group that objects to leasing Croatia's motorways to ban the government and transport ministry from taking any further steps in this regard until the results of a referendum are made known, stating that there are no grounds for the Constitutional Court to act in this matter.
The parliamentary Committee on the Constitution proposed on Wednesday that Parliament formally ask the Constitutional Court to assess the constitutionality of the referendum question on outsourcing of non-core public-sector services.
The parliamentary committee on the Constitution on Wednesday formulated a new referendum bill which, despite objections from the opposition and the committee's external members, retains a provision under which signatures for referendum petitions would be collected only in state administration offices and via the e-citizens service.
The parliamentary Committee on the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System unanimously decided on Tuesday to ask the government to crosscheck the signatures collected for a referendum against the leasing of motorways to monetise their debt, and the decision is expected to be confirmed by parliament.
Activists who launched a petition for a referendum against the government's plan to lease motorways in order to monetise their state-owned operators' debt, on Monday handed boxes with over 530,000 signatures to Parliament Speaker Josip Leko.
The initiative for a referendum against the proposed lease of motorways announced on Thursday it had collected enough signatures for the referendum against monetisation of the debt of two state-owned motorway operators.
The "We won't give our motorways" civil society group at midnight on Saturday ends collecting signatures for a referendum against the leasing of motorways to monetise their debts and its representatives voiced confidence that enough citizens would support the petition.
Since Saturday, when a referendum petition drive was launched against monetisation of the debt incurred by state-owned motorway operators, over 160,000 signatures have been collected, two activists of the civil society group that organised the drive told a news conference in Zagreb on Tuesday.
The Public Administration Ministry said on Monday, regarding the initiative for a referendum against the leasing of the motorways, that it would recognise the signatures of Croatian citizens not resident in Croatia, regardless of where they were collected.
Ahead of collecting signatures for a referendum against the leasing of motorways, the "We won't give our motorways" civil initiative on Friday displayed the number 80 billion outside the government to warn about the alleged amount Croatia would lose if motorways were leased to monetise their debt.