Speaker says Parliament will reduce its activities but will continue sitting

Zagreb - Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said on Friday that the parliamentary leadership had reached a high degree of agreement with party groups on the need for the Parliament to continue working despite speculations that its activities could be suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic.

"We have agreed that our services and committees should continue working and that our plenary sessions should be held. We have also agreed that members of Parliament should set an example by behaving responsibly and complying with recommendations of the relevant state institutions, the national civil protection authority and the public health institute", Jandroković said.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with parliamentary whips, Jandroković said that all of the Parliament's international activities, round tables, thematic sessions, and organised visits would be postponed.

He added that today's meeting also discussed a possible meeting between the Prime Minister and his ministers and representatives of party groups to discuss what the Government was doing in the fight against the coronavirus, as well as holding a debate on the measures the Government was planning regarding the economic aspect of the current situation.

Jandroković said they had also discussed ways of organising international cooperation and responding to challenges in tourism, transport, agriculture, and other sectors.

He told reporters that the priority at the moment was not to have a full Parliament hall but to have all whips there who would discuss developments in a constructive and sensible way.

Author: Hina/Office of the Speaker