By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb
After a two-month break, the Croatian Parliament began its 14th session, which is scheduled to last six weeks, if there are no interruptions.
On the agenda were about 70 issues, the but most important ones are expected from the government, which should bring to Parliament proposals for amendments to the Law on Personal Income Tax and the revision of this year’s budget.
Members of the government, led by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, have been answering the questions of MPs, some of which were not at all tactful.
The prime minister said that he would ask from the serbian authorities to provide textbooks on the croatian national minority, responding to a question by Ivan Simunovic from the Croatian Party of Rights dr. Ante Starčević (HSP AS), who asked from the government to firmly respond to the assimilation process, which Simunovic considered to be the actions of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.
Nikolic has recently donated books written in Cyrillic to the Bunjevac ethnic minority, who mainly live in Vojvodina and after he was criticized for this action, he stated that “Bunjevci are neither Serbs nor Croats, they are original. As such, Serbia accepts them gratefully”.
Gordan Jandrokovic from Croatian democratic union (HDZ) wanted to know what was the purpose of the pompously announced visit of prime minister to the leading technology companies in the United States.
Milanovic said that it was the first high-level delegation, which would meet with technology and IT giants.
“I have a team composed of people who are really great at their job. So, it couldn’t be more serious than that”, said Milanovic, pointing out that it is an economic, not a political visit.
HDZ member Josip Đakić called out the prime minister and the government for the “unfinished and infamously failed reform initiatives under the Plan 21”, and at the same time was interested in what has been decided on the reform of local and regional government, or whether the counties or municipalities would be abolished like it had been announced.
Milanovic said that the change of the croatian model of local government cannot be the decision of one Parliamentary session or one term, but that it required the agreement of government and the opposition, stressing that he does not count on any help and cooperation from HDZ.
“I’m expecting only obstruction, considering all the things that are useful to the croatian nation and the state”, Milanovic said.
MPs of the HDZ left the Parliament just before the vote on the return of Marina Lovric Merzel to the Parliament and with that move plunged the quorum, so the vote on former county prefect will be held on some other occasion.
“We will vote when all the conditions are met”, Vice President of the Parliament Nenad Stazic said.
Lovric-Merzel did not appear today in the Croatian Parliament, and by the force of law her parliamentary mandate is to become active eight days from the date of application, ie September 11.