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Croatia

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Croatian Parliament

Openness and transparency

Information about access to parliamentary documents, parliament’s reporting to the public, parliament’s relation to Freedom of Information laws, and lobbying.

Parliamentary documents

The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance The agendas of plenary meetings are published online in advance.
The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance The agendas of committee meetings are published online in advance.
Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site Results of votes on draft legislation are published on the parliamentary web site.
Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website Draft legislation is published on the parliamentary website.
Citizens can submit comments on draft legislation on the parliamentary web site

Annual reporting by parliament

Parliament publishes an annual report on its activities
The annual report is available on the parliamentary web site
Yes
Parliament publishes the parliamentary budget
Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public Level of detail of the parliamentary budget made available to the public: Only the total amount; A summary of the main elements; The complete budget
The complete budget
The parliamentary budget is available on the parliamentary web site
No

Access to parliament

Plenary meetings are open to the public
Notes
Committee meetings are closed only if discussing objects or documents subject to the confidentiality law. This is not common, and usually applies only to the Defence Committee and the Committee on Domestic Policy and National Security.
There is a dedicated channel for broadcasting parliamentary meetings A dedicated channel is one that is mainly about parliament, and is accessible free of charge to the general public. The channel might be owned by Parliament or a public or private company. Dedicated channels may be broadcast by parliament, government, or another broadcaster. They may be carried on television, radio or the Internet (webcasting).
Media used for the dedicated channel
TV
Webcast
Meetings broadcast on the dedicated channel
Plenary sittings

Freedom of information

There is a freedom of information law in the country
Yes
Parliament is subject to the freedom of information law
Parliament has an office/division dedicated to FOI requests
No
Categories of Information that are exempt from disclosure Certain categories of information may be exempt from disclosure
THE LAW ON THE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO INFORMATION IV. EXCEPTIONS TO THE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO INFORMATION Exceptions and their duration Article 15 (1) The public authorities shall withhold the right to access to information regarding all procedures conducted by competent authorities in pre-investigatory and investigatory actions taken during such procedures. (2) The public authorities may withhold the right to access to information: 1) if the information is classified as secret, in line with the law governing data secrecy; 2) if the information is classified as business or professional secret, in line with the law; 3) if the information is subject to tax secrecy, in line with the law; 4) if the information is classified by the law governing the area of personal data protection; 5) if the information is in the process of being formulated by a public authority and its publication before the formulation of the complete and final information could seriously impair the decision-making process; 6) if the access to information is restricted in line with international agreements; 7) in other cases stipulated by the law. (3) A public authority may withhold the right to access to information if it has reasonable grounds of suspecting that the publishing thereof would: 1) thwart an efficient, independent and unbiased conduct of a court, administrative or other legally regulated procedure, enforcement of a court decision or sentence; 2) thwart the work of an authority conducting administrative supervision, inspection i.e. supervision of legality, 3) infringe an intellectual property right, except in the case of explicit written consent of the author or the owner; (4) Information for which the right to access is withheld for the reasons set forth in paragraph 3 subparagraph 3 of this Article shall become publicly available when decided so by the person who might suffer any damage from the publication thereof, but no more than 20 years after the date the information is formulate, except when a longer period is stipulated by the law or another regulation. (5) If the requested information contains data subject to exceptions set forth in paragraphs 2 and 3 of this Article, the remaining parts of information shall be made available. (6) Information shall become publicly available upon the cessation of the reasons on the basis of which the public authority withheld the right to access to information.

Lobbying

There are rules about the activities of lobbyists in parliament
There is a register of accredited lobbyists