Croatian president urges MPs to state position on Supreme Court president pick

In his letter, Milanović stated that parliament speaker Gordan Jandroković does not have the right to prevent a parliamentary debate and vote on his motion as this would make the parliament speaker, rather than parliament, decide on the president’s motion, thus contravening the Constitution and Courts Act. [EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER]

President Zoran Milanović sent a letter to MPs on Wednesday, calling on the parliament to fulfil its constitutional obligation and state its position on his proposal that law professor Zlata Đurđević be elected Supreme Court president.

In his letter, Milanović stated that parliament speaker Gordan Jandroković does not have the right to prevent a parliamentary debate and vote on his motion as this would make the parliament speaker, rather than parliament, decide on the president’s motion, thus contravening the Constitution and Courts Act.

The president also accused Jandroković of concealing the document he had sent to parliament. “What he did is unprecedented. The HDZ is trying to set up a dictatorship,” he added.

For his part, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Wednesday that by agreeing to participate in the unlawful procedure for the selection of the Supreme Court president, professor Zlata Đurđević had disqualified herself for that post. “Milanović has done a disservice to professor Đurđević. I am sorry for her,” said Plenković. 

Đurđević had not applied for the position, advertised in a public call, which many observers say automatically meant she could not be nominated. 

However, a new public call for the position of Supreme Court president may be advertised by the State Judicial Council (DSV), Constitutional Court President Miroslav Šeparović, noting, however, that the head of state should follow legal procedure were he to propose his candidate before parliament. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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