Majority on parl. committee doesn’t want discussion on SOA chief


Members of the ruling majority on the parliamentary Committee on Domestic Policy and National Security on Thursday refused to put on the committee’s agenda a discussion about the situation in the Security-Intelligence Agency (SOA) after President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic recently signed a decision on the replacement of its chief Dragan Lozancic.

The topic was removed from the proposed agenda of the session at the proposal of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) MP Tomislav Culjak, whose request was supported by minority MP Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, Croatian Social-Liberal Party (HSLS) MP Dario Hrebak, and Bridge party MP Ines Strenja Linic.

Strenja Linic thus backed down from the request she made on behalf of Bridge MPs last week, when she justified Bridge’s support to the appointment of SDP MP Ranko Ostojic as Committee chair, despite opposition from Bridge’s partner the Patriotic Coalition, with the need for the Committee to discuss Lozancic’s replacement.

The Committee on Domestic Policy and National Security today also invited applications for the positions of chair and members of the Council for the Civil Monitoring of Security and Intelligence Services since the term of the previous council expired in October 2015.

Parliamentary services were instructed to prepare a public invitation for the committee’s next session for the appointment of the Council for the Civil Monitoring of Police Powers.

(Hina) rml