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07
2015

Where did the European values disappear?

Centre for Peace Studies (CMS), Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROSOL), Association of Croatian Trade Unions, Group 22 and Centre for Labour studies, are expressing deep concern over the serious threat to the fundamental European values of democracy, solidarity, social justice and human rights protection in the case of the current Greek debt crisis. These values are not threatened by marginal groups, extremists or an "external enemy", but rather by the major European institutions that are relentlessly imposing a policy of cuts and sale of key national resources in exchange for facilitating debt repayment to creditors. Thereby, CMS, CROSOL, Association of Croatian Trade Unions, Group 22 and the Centre for Labour Studies are joining the strong criticism voiced by civil society organizations across the EU (SOLIDAR network and the Alter Summit petition), addressed to EU institutions which are turning the Greek debt crisis into a crisis of European democracy.

Advocacy
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04
2015

European commission ignores ECIs goal

The European Commission today released its review to Council and Parliament of the application of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), as legally mandated in Regulation 211/2011. As expected, this report takes a primarily formalistic, legalistic and technical approach to examining the first three years of the ECI. It does not explore if the ECI’s current design makes it an effective and meaningful tool for EU participatory and digital democracy, warns The ECI Campaign.

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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.

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03
2015

Participatory budgeting and good economy – the ways to a “new” democracy

Participatory budgeting is and aid to good economy and can restore the trust of citizens in politics. However, although a powerful tool, it is not a magic wand and also hinges on political will. The key prerequisite is for citizens to realize that they can and should take part in political decision making, with the ability to truly impact the decisions that are made. Finally, these decisions must be implemented in order for citizens not to lose trust or interest in further participation. These were the main messages sent out from the Second Conference on Good Economy, organized last week in Zagreb by the Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG) and the Cooperative for Good Economy.

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03
2015

data.gov.hr – bull’s eye or platitudes about the ‘public state’?

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.

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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.

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02
2015

Europe 2020 falling by the wayside of the Juncker recovery plan?

The Juncker plan for the recovery of the European economy and the future of the Europe 2020 Strategy, currently facing revision, were the issues covered at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary session, held in Brussels on February 18 and 19. The open question remains how much the European Commission is committed to the goals of Europe 2020 and whether the Strategy is doomed to fade out just as the Lisbon Strategy did, writes EESC member Marina Škrabalo for gong.hr/en

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02
2015

Open data as the fuel for democracy, raw materials for economic growth

Can you imagine public websites providing citizens with the data on every outlay by every ministry, state office or agency, who authorized what payment, when staff salaries were paid and what they amounted to, or how official credit cards are charged? Can Croatia look up to Great Britain as an often-cited exemplary of data openness and transparency?

It would be easy to dismiss the idea by saying: „in Croatia? Why, that would be science fiction!“ Still, some steps to achieving just this are being made. Although there is still much to be done, any measure of open data provides not only the fuel for democracy – in the sense that openness and transparency foster citizens' trust – but also the raw materials for economic growth, as they can help open new markets and workplaces.

This is why open data should be on the agenda daily and not only on the occasion of the International Open Data Day, February 21 – The Civic Innovations Weekend. The Open Data Day is celebrated through activities by the CodeAcross organization, including a discussion on improving existing future databases in Croatia, staged by the associations Code for Croatia and GONG in cooperation with the Open Government Partnership. The program consisted of a conference on Friday, February 20 and, on Saturday February 21, a hackathon entitled „Governance principles for the 21st century“, supported and hosted by the Zagreb University Computing Centre.

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01
2015

Strategic study on Adriatic oil and gas exploitation met with criticism

A strategic study and a framework plan for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic Sea were presented in Zagreb on Tuesday and the presentation was organised by the Hydrocarbons Agency.

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01
2015

Social dialogue in Norway and Croatia

The conference "Norway and Croatia: Partners in Economic and Social Development", organised by the Norwegian embassy in Zagreb on Monday, brought together Croatian government officials, unionists, employers and nongovernmental organisations' activists.

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01
2015

Parliament Speaker announces new session of Sabor

This year's first regular session of parliament will start on January 21 and is scheduled to run for ten weeks, Parliament Speaker Josip Leko announced after a meeting of the parliament's presidency on Tuesday.

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