Report on UN Migration Pact to Be Presented to Parliament

By 9 November 2018

ZAGREB, November 9, 2018 - The Foreign and European Affairs Ministry will prepare a report on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which has recently caused many disputes among politicians, and the report will be discussed by the government next week after which it will be forwarded to parliament, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday.

The Global Compact aims to boost cooperation to address the world's growing number of migrants. "The Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, which has been coordinating the process of drawing up the report, will submit the report to the government next week, in order to shed light on the topic and explain what exactly this is about," Plenković said at the start of the government session on Friday.

"After that, we will forward the document to parliament. I believe this topic deserves to be discussed by at least two parliamentary committees so that MPs could also know what this is about," Plenković said, adding that it was critical for everything surrounding the U.N. migration pact to be transparent.

The document, which is to be endorsed in Marrakesh, Morocco next month, has recently stirred up a conflict between President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who first announced she would support it but then backed out, and the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry which sees nothing contentious in the document.

Plenković reiterated on Friday that the Global Compact was not an international treaty nor it was legally binding. "This is a catalogue of measures which is being worked on over the past two years, ever since the way was paved for it at the UN General Assembly," Plenković said.

"The document has been in its present form since July and it is expected to be politically endorsed in Morocco in mid-December," Plenković said. He, however, did not say who would represent Croatia in Marrakesh after the president backed out of the trip.

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