The last days of Parliament, as the election looms.
The Croatian Parliament will this week begin a regular session which will end with its dissolution. The decision is going to be announced by Friday, 25 September, at the latest, reports Index.hr on September 14, 2015.
The last parliamentary session in the current parliament will start on Wednesday, 16 September, and is scheduled to continue on 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25 September. The members of parliament have a lot to do before the dissolution. Many are already saying that the parliament will have to work until late at night every day of the session. The agenda is very extensive, with almost a hundred items, but it is clear that not all items will be discussed, just the most important ones.
The government has already sent to the parliament the legislative proposals concerning the problem of loans in Swiss francs, as well as the drafts of the Family Act and the Investment Promotion Act. The parliament is awaiting amendments to the state budget, and the decision on temporary financing and related laws.
Prime Minister Zoran Milanović will present to the parliament an annual report on the state of the nation and on the activities of his government. Parliamentary Rules of Procedure specify that the prime minister must submit the report at the beginning of the first regular session in autumn, and that the report must be given in oral form. It is still not known when the report will be submitted.
The parliamentary majority should this week prepare the decision on the dissolution of parliament, which requires 76 votes to be adopted. If the parliament is dissolved on 25 September, it would be several months before its full term expires, which would automatically happen on 22 December 2011.
After the parliament is dissolved, parliamentary elections will be held on a Sunday between 25 October and 22 November. The exact date will be decided by president Kolinda Grabar Kitarović.
Regardless of the fact that the parliament will be dissolved, the members’ terms will continue until the new, eighth Parliament is constituted. This in turn means that they will retain their rights – salaries, transportation costs coverage, additional fees, etc.