Policy Profile Croatia


Croatia is a member state of the European Union and is therefore required to implement all EU directives, laws, regulations and policies, including those related to heritage and culture.

Croatia and the EU

The European Commission has a Representation Office and the European Parliament has a Liaison Offices, both in Zagreb. The Croatian Government has a Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. Croatia actively participates in various EU cultural programs and initiatives aimed at promoting cultural cooperation and heritage preservation.

National Cultural Policy in Croatia

At the national level, the cultural policy system of Croatia is primarily determined by the Vlada Republike Hrvatske (Government of Croatia). The responsibilities for culture and heritage are divided among various government ministries. The Ministarstvo Kulture i Medija (Ministry of Culture and Media) is the main body responsible for formulating and implementing policies in the areas of culture, arts, and heritage. The Ministarstvo Gospodarstva i Ordživog Razvoja (Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development) also plays a role in heritage conservation, particularly in relation to natural heritage and its integration with cultural assets. The Hrvatski Restauratorski Zavod (Croatian Conservation Institute) as a central state agency is tasked with the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage, conducting research and providing expert guidance on conservation practices.

Regional Policies in Croatia

Local governments in Croatia also contribute to cultural heritage policy, mainly through the Cultural Councils and the network of City and County Cultural Offices providing support, advice, and information on heritage matters, working in close coordination with national agencies, ensuring that cultural policies are effectively implemented across Croatia’s diverse regions.

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* = This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

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