President Zoran Milanović (Photo: HRT) President Zoran Milanović (Photo: HRT)

"If that were done, I don't see the role of the president, but the government and parliament. I can't say more than that, because I will become violent," said President Zoran Milanović.

He reiterated his position that the National Civil Protection Headquarters was not legally established and that it needed a power of attorney for the decisions it made, in which the Parliament should play a key role.

 "I warned the prime minister that people will sue the state because the decisions are not legally based. That headquarters is a para-body. The Constitutional Court will have to rule on that," said President Milanovic.

The government cabinet has responded saying that the decisions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters are not constitutionally dubious or political. They are adopted on the basis of the instructions from the profession and primarily in order to protect the life and health of our citizens.

The legal bases for the adoption of the Headquarters’ decisions are the Law on the Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases and the Law on Civil Protection, as well as Article 16 of the Croatian Constitution. The restrictions, enacted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect human lives, were proportionate and balanced, which is also in line with the Constitution.

The Headquarters will continue to work responsibly and well, and prepare new measures to prevent the spread of the infection, while monitoring the further development of the epidemiological situation, said the government cabinet.

Source: HRT