Croatia Adopts a New Law on Associations


The Croatian Parliament passed a new Law on Associations (Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia, No. 88 of October 11, 2001), to replace a regressive 1997 Law on Associations. Among its positive features, the new Law:

  • provides for voluntarily registration of associations;
  • requires at least three natural or legal persons to establish an association;
  • places on equal footing domestic and foreign persons as founders;
  • streamlines the conditions for registration of foreign NGOs; and
  • reduces the government’s intrusion in issues related to the internal government of an association.

ICNL provided extensive technical assistance to the Ministry of Justice’s working group in preparing the Law.

A more detailed account on the Law will appear in the next issue of IJNL.