Tuesday, 15 June 2021

SDP Adopts Draft Programme For Cooperation With Možemo! in Zagreb

ZAGREB, 15 June, 2021- The presidency of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has adopted a draft programme for cooperation with the green-left platform Možemo! and their partners in Zagreb, which will ensure their majority in the new City Assembly following recent local elections, the SDP announced on Monday evening.

Addressing the press after the SDP Presidency meeting, Glasovac said that the draft 28-point programme was adopted unanimously and that several other details needed to be agreed before Wednesday, when the programme is expected to be signed.

She said that the cooperation programme included points on a transparent budget, civic education in schools, care for pre-school children, and certain infrastructure projects. 

Glasovac confirmed that the draft also dealt with the division of roles in the City Assembly, but would not say whether Joško Klisović, the SDP's mayoral candidate, would serve as deputy chairman of the Assembly. 

Možemo! said that it would discuss the draft on Tuesday.

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Monday, 2 March 2020

Parliament Continues Working After MP Reports Contact with Coronavirus Positive Person

ZAGREB, March 2, 2020 - The parliament is continuing to work in a regular manner and without any changes after one of the 151 members of the legislature stated that he would be in self-quarantine as a precaution since he had been at an event at which one of the eight Croatian patients diagnosed with coronavirus had also attended.

In response to Hina's queries about the latest developments after parliamentarian Joško Klisović informed the public that he would be self-isolated in the next 14 days, even though he participated in voting in the parliament on Friday, parliament's public relations office said that there will not be any disruptions to the parliament's regular work.

The national parliament responded that no other deputy has reported that they had come into contact with any of the people tested positive for coronavirus.

To date, five positive cases have been registered in Rijeka and three more cases in Zagreb.

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina Political Crisis Discussed by SDP MP

ZAGREB, October 28, 2018 - The deputy chairman of the Croatian parliamentary foreign affairs committee Joško Klisović has said the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) after the election of Željko Komšić as the Presidency's Croat member thanks to Bosniak votes could deepen further, cause new political conflicts and stop BiH on its European Union journey.

Speaking for the Bosnian Večernji List daily of Saturday, Klisović said the key political forces' disregard for a Constitutional Court decision on the election legislation would cause a serious political crisis and that this was a test for the country's rule of law. "Without the rule of law, there's no EU membership nor trust of citizens and constituent peoples in their own state's institutions."

Klisović, of the opposition Social Democrats (SDP), said he expected EU institutions to insist on the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and technically help the political forces in the country change the election legislation. He added that Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's initiative in the EU in that regard was too late.

Klisović said that Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović had additionally disrupted relations at her meetings in Moscow and Ankara. "Her actions have only irritated the citizens of BiH, notably Bosniaks, without whom election legislation can't be changed, and she also hurt Croats' interests."

Klisović said the crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina could deepen further if, contrary to a Constitutional Court ruling, Croat representatives without the people's legitimacy were elected to the upper houses of the state and Federation entity parliaments. He said that ignoring the ruling would lead to a constitutional and political crisis as it would be difficult to legally form the government, adding that any other attempt to form it could be contested at the Constitutional Court.

Speaking of Komšić's election to the BiH Presidency, Klisović said it was legal but contrary to the spirit of the Dayton peace agreement, which ended the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He said Croatia's delegation made a mistake during the peace negotiations in Dayton in 1995 by not ensuring a more precise definition in the BiH constitution or an interpretive statement to confirm that each people in BiH elected their own representative in the Presidency. He added that the delegation was told that was envisaged under article 5 of the constitution.

Klisović said it was necessary to change the BiH constitution, making its provisions more precise, and to enable ethnic minorities to run for the highest positions. In order to do that, "you must generate serious support from the international community... and assure Bosniaks that you don't intend to destroy BiH... and that you want to constructively work on its well-being by retaining your national identity and rights," he was quoted as saying.