Croatia’s Justice and Public Administration Ministry has prepared a new bill on referendums, which introduces the possibility of parliament’s counter-proposal being put to a popular vote.
Given the existing referendum law dates from 1996 and referendums from the past four years were used in attempts to reduce human rights, the ministry intends to better regulate referendums.
The bill lays out the formal conditions for referendum questions, which are to be examined by the state electoral commission (DIP). However, the Constitutional Court will decide whether or not a referendum is of constitutional nature, as is currently the case.
The deadline for gathering signatures for a referendum petition will be extended from 15 to 30 days, while the entire referendum process will last 35 days, including for ballot preparation.
The bill will be put to e-consultation for the next 30 days, after which it will be presented before parliament. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)