After the High Administrative Court had allowed the Croatian Government to continue hiding the amount that was paid to American law firm Patton Boggs LLP for the defense of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač in the appellate procedure before the International Tribunal in the Hague, GONG has filed a constitutional complaint challenging the High Administrative Court's ruling, as citizens have the right to know how budgetary funds are spent.
Imagine an online one stop shop containing all of the Government’s publicly available data, providing visualizations of datasets that are crucial to transparency, such as the structural organization of every governmental department, and serving as a showcase of excellent applications made by citizens themselves using public data. In addition, this website contains additional information on the Government’s transparency program and enables citizens to comment upon and share information on the Government’s data and the ways it is used.
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, 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.
This Report abstract represents a cursory assessment of the Government’s work with respect to the 112 demands over the course of three years of its term, from January 2012 to late-October 2014. The Report is based on the knowledge and experience of Platform 112 member organizations focused on the systematic monitoring of government institutions, public advocacy and provision of direct support to citizens. Active member organizations of the Platform have discussed and linked their individual assessments and have agreed upon the degree of each demand’s fulfillment.
On the eve of the last year of the current Croatian Government’s term, the civil society watchdog coalition Platform 112 expresses concern and regrets regarding missed opportunities that have led to a decreasing number of people who truly exercise their rights, as well as a further loss of citizens' trust. Instead of turning away from the kleptocratic legacy of the Croatian Democratic Union, towards more democracy and a way out of the economic crisis, the Government has opted for a status quo with respect to rule of law, quality of democracy, protection of human rights, public goods and dealing with the war.
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 "We won't give our motorways" civil group began collecting signatures at midnight on Friday for a referendum against the leasing of motorways to monetise their debts.