Before going on summer vacation, Parliament sent the Law on Reconstruction of Zagreb and its surroundings after the earthquake into a second reading, and confirmed the Prime Minister's report on the Croatian presidency of the EU and the extraordinary summit of the European Council.
MP's also approved agreements on 660 million euros in loans for the corona crisis, reconstruction following the earthquake and the strengthening of public health. Members of parliament are going on a summer break, and the next session of Parliament will be on September 2nd.
The long-awaited Law on the Reconstruction of Zagreb has been sent into a second reading. The opposition expects the government, as promised, to be open to their proposals.
“There are problems with mortgages, problems with social criteria, how will we ensure that we make it easier for citizens who do not have sufficient material resources to pay their 20 percent,” asked Social Democratic Party MP Peđa Grbin.
Anka Mrak Taritaš from the Glas party opposes the Reconstruction Fund.
“There could have been one body within the ministry, this way we will only get a fund, new employees and a new burden, and the burden should be as small as possible, and the funds should be for the reconstruction of the city of Zagreb,” said Mrak Taritaš.
The reconstruction will be long-lasting and will cost 90 billion kuna, said Domagoj Ivan Milošević from the Croatian Democratic Union
“We think that the Fund is the only right way that will, besides this, not only increase efficiency, but also transparency that we all constantly talk about, that we swear to, and raise everything to a new level,” said Milošević.
The Prime Minister's reports on Croatia's presidency of the Council of the European Union and the extraordinary meeting at which 22 billion euros were approved for Croatia in the next seven years were confirmed.
Three loan agreements amounting to 660 million euros were confirmed for the corona crisis; post-earthquake reconstruction and strengthening of public health. MPs are leaving for a summer break that is shorter than usual. Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said that the next extraordinary session of parliament is scheduled for September 2nd.
“Until September 15th, a session can only be extraordinary, which is dictated by the agenda,” explained the head of the Croatian Democratic Union club of representatives Branko Bačić. "In order for Croatian Parliament to discuss laws, they must be referred to parliament either by the government or by parliamentary clubs, or by MPs, at the moment we do not have such points, so in the legislative sense we have nothing to discuss," said Bačić.
Meanwhile, Social Democratic Party MP Peđa Grbin said that the work of the parliament and the government are connected vessels, noting that when the government is not working, there is nothing for the parliament to discuss except some reports that have been there for months or years.
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