Regardless of all the criticism, I believe that in these 30 years the Sabor has fulfilled all its key tasks and that it has adopted all important and big decisions, Jandroković said at a ceremonial session of the parliament in memory of 8 October 1991, when the Sabor adopted the decision to sever all state-legal ties with the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), which meant that Croatia had declared its independence.
He underscored that throughout history the Sabor symbolised Croatian statehood and that until the modern state, with “more or less success,” it always defended the interests of the Croatian people. “It is the central place of political life and since 1990 also the keeper of the fundamental values of constitutional order.”
With wise decisions and togetherness we achieved all objectives
He greeted those present, including former parliament speakers and heads of state and government, congratulating them on Croatian Sabor Day and the 30th anniversary of the decision on independence.
We were faced with crisis situations, under great pressure and sometimes even blackmail by the international community, however, with wise decisions and the vision of those who led the country, we achieved all our objectives, said Jandroković.
We are all Croatia
He called on colleagues to jointly seek solutions that will make Croatia a better country, telling them, “We are all Croatia.”
Even today the future is uncertain and sometimes it appears that it will be more difficult than the present. Let’s work together in matters that seek a compromise and show respect towards one another. We need to seek solutions that will make our homeland a better country, because “we are all Croatia,” he underscored.
He told fellow parliamentarians that they need to take account so that their actions strengthen state institutions, develop a culture of cooperation and compromise when necessary. We cannot resolve problems with exclusion and radicalism, he said.
He recalled that over the past two years the Sabor has been faced with the challenges of the pandemic and earthquakes and said that he is confident that it reacted solidly.
He underscored that the times ahead bring other challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, and a changing geopolitical situation. We need to follow what is happening, particularly in our neighbourhood which is turbulent, he said.
As for short-term objectives, Jandroković noted reconstruction in the wake of the 2020 earthquakes, laws related to joining the Schengen Area and introducing the euro currency, and said that particular attention needs to be dedicated to Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “We need to preserve their constitutionality and equality. There are also issues related to the status of Croats in Serbia,” he added.
Tuđman, Domljan, Gregurić
Jandroković recalled all those who participated in making the decision of 8 October 1991, all those how participated in democratic processes, in preparing and adopting key decisions, the heroes of the Homeland War and all those who participated in any way in building the Croatian state and institutions, Croatian defenders, particularly the families of those who lost their lives.
He then individually thanked former heads of state and government as well as former and current parliamentarians for their contribution to the homeland.
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