If new judges are not elected by Tuesday, Croatia will have no working Constitutional Court.
At a request of SDP, the Parliamentary Committee on Constitution once again postponed its meeting which was supposed to decide on the proposal of candidates for the appointment of ten judges of the Constitutional Court. The whole Parliament was expected to vote on the proposal on Friday, reports Index.hr on June 1, 2016.
The postponement of the meeting was demanded by Deputy Chairman of the Committee Peđa Grbin (SDP), who reported that SDP, after months of talks with ruling parties, just this morning before the meeting of the Committee received a new proposal of candidates which are advocated by HDZ. “Given that we have some doubts about the list and in order to finalize the process, I demand a postponement of today’s meeting”, said Grbin.
Dražen Bošnjaković (HDZ) agreed with Grbin’s proposal. “We cannot rush with these things. I think this is a reasonable proposal. We accept the postponement and continuation of consultations”, said Bošnjaković and added that he believed there was enough time for the election process to be completed so that the Constitutional Court would not be left without a quorum after 7 June.
Committee Chairman Robert Podolnjak (MOST) said he had no choice but to comply with the proposal and to once again postpone the meeting, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday. “After four months of good discussions, it is not a good message to the public that we will hold another meeting tomorrow morning. I do not know at what point are we going to include this item in the agenda of the plenary session of Parliament, debate it and vote on it. Political parties should not have allowed themselves to come to this situation and to seek another postponement. We have been debating this for too long, there was plenty of time and space”, said Podolnjak.
As Chairman of the Committee, Podolnjak apologized to the public about the fact that the proposal of names for new constitutional judges had not yet been determined.
Since it takes two-thirds majority for the judges to be elected, it is necessary for both HDZ and SDP to agree with the proposal.