Coordination at national level

AuthorBojic, Ines
The Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities is responsible
for the practical coordination of anti-discrimination activities and communication with
experts and civil society stakeholders. The office is responsible directly to the
Government of the Republic of Croatia.449
In 2008, the Croatian Government adopted the first national anti-discrimination plan for
In July 2016, public consultation was concluded on the draft national anti-discrimination
plan for 2016-2021 and the action plan for the implementation of the national anti-
discrimination plan for 2016-2018, but their adoption was postponed until June 2017.450
Civil society organisations criticised the new Government proposals for a national
strategy and action plan to fight discrimination that were presented in March 2017.
Finally, the National Anti-discrimination Plan 2017-2022, together with the action plan for
its implementation for the period of 2017-2019 were adopted on 1 December 2017.451
The National Anti-discrimination Plan 2017-2022 is presented as a strategic document
that sets out the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, proposes goals
and directs its efforts to build a comprehensive system of protection against
discrimination in the country. The objectives of the national plan a re to protect, promote
and enhance the right to non-discrimination and equal treatment in the Republic of
Croatia and to raise public awareness of the importance of exercising this right.
The National Anti-discrimination Plan 2017-2022 follows the provisions of the first
national anti-discrimination action plan for 2008-2013. To support the first national anti-
discrimination plan, the Government adopted action plans for 2008-2009 and 2011-2013,
which specified where responsibility for the implementation of the measures lay, the
deadlines for their execution and the amounts and sources of funding secured for the
implementation of particular measures.
Since the first national plan, the priority areas have been modified so that the new plan
for 2017-2022 contains the following priority areas: labour and employment; education;
science and sport; social welfare; health; justice and administration; access to housing;
public information and media; access to goods and services; and anti-discrimination and
European funds.
The priority areas reflect the areas defined by Article 8 of the Anti-discrimination Act.
According to an Amnesty International report, the policies adopted by the Government in
the national plan failed to reflect and adequately address human rights violations faced
by Serbs, Roma and sexual minorities.452
The National Roma Inclusion Strategy for the period of 2013-2020, adopted in 2013 is
still running.
449 Act on the Government of the Republic of Croatia, 22 December 2011, Article 27, Official Gazette 150/2011,
119/2014, 93/2016.
450 For the 2016-2021 plan, see:, for the
implementation plan for 2016-18, see, (both
in Croatian).
451 National Anti-discrimination Plan 2017-2022, available at:
452 Amnesty International (2018), Amnesty International Report 2017/18,

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