Minister of Labor and the Pension System Marko Pavić (Photo: HRT) Minister of Labor and the Pension System Marko Pavić (Photo: HRT)

Among other things the decision by the constitutional court states: "No evidence was presented to the constitutional court that would suggest the Croatian government or the ministry harshly violated rules of democratic procedure, or acted in a manner that hinders or deteriorates the right of citizens to express the need to ask for a referendum to be called, by using budgetary funds or other means."

Minister of Labor and the Pension System Marko Pavić said that the decision by the constitutional court was expected.

“What I can say is that from a statement by the President of the Constitutional Court, Mr. Šeparović, it is evident that the information campaign conducted by the government at this time of signature gathering is completely legitimate, that the government has the right to inform our citizens. After all, this is a democratic standard in other countries. In the same manner the Constitutional Court, or Mr. Šeparović, noted in his statement that it is completely legitimate for the government to warn of the consequences, or fiscal effects of the union initiatives themselves, therefore everything is transparent,” said Pavić.

Source: HRT