The EU-Croatia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), a joint body of Croatian and EU civil society, which was created to monitor Croatia’s accession to the EU, held its 13th and last meeting in Zagreb on 18 June 2013.
Opposition members in the parliamentary Committee on the Constitution and Standing Orders are generally satisfied with the legislation that obliges the prime minister and the government to report more frequently than was originally proposed to the Croatian Sabor and the European Affairs Committee concerning European Union issues, notably on European Council meetings.
The parliamentary opposition was unanimous on Wednesday in the position that a bill on cooperation between the government and parliament in European affairs minimised parliament's role in relation to the government and criticised government representatives for not attending today's discussion on the bill.
The prime minister will report to Parliament more than twice each year on the work of meetings held with the European Council, was concluded at a meeting on Tuesday of the parliamentary Committee on the Constitution, Standing Orders and Political System which discussed a bill on cooperation between the Sabor and government concerning European affairs.
The Croatian Parliament took the first step on Thursday to formally regulate its cooperation with the Government in European affairs as its Committee on the Constitution and Standing Orders drew up a bill on such cooperation and forwarded it to Parliament for further consideration.
The Croatian Constitutional Court on Wednesday abolished the Health Education Curriculum, which took effect in February, and ordered that until the adoption of a new curriculum Health Education be taught according to the curriculum that had been in force before the start of this school year.
Although certain improvements are notable, in respect of the principles of transparency, „Kukuriku“ Government coalition still has plenty of room to improve its openness to citizens and especially to the media. It is a relevant issue because if the public is not informed, they are not able to adequately question the government, and it is up to the Government to lead by good example. These were the highlights at a press conference, "How open does the Government rule?“ held on the occasion of the publication of GONG‘s ‘Semi-annual report on Croatian Government Transparency in 2012‘.
The government on Thursday adopted a proposed decision to reject a request by the non-governmental organisation GONG to provide it with copies of all items on the agendas of government sessions held behind closed doors during its present term in office.
Government spokesman Zlatko Mehun on Tuesday rejected criticisms from the non-governmental organisation GONG about the lack of transparency in government work and its closed sessions.
The Croatian government has continued to violate the principles of good conduct, transparency and responsibility towards citizens by holding increasingly frequent closed-door sessions, by failing to make public decisions on the allocation of funds from budgetary reserves, and by issuing incomplete statements and failing to make public, at least two days in advance, the agendas of its sessions, representatives of the GONG non-governmental organisation said at a news conference in Zagreb on Tuesday.