All the Croatian government ministries and what they do

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PUBLISHED: 15/09/2021

Croatia has 16 ministries. They are responsible for the development and management of state policies and the functioning of the Republic of Croatia.

In this post, we cover all Croatian ministries including the following information for each:

  • Field of work
  • Examples of procedures they handle
  • Croatian name
  • Minister
  • Address
  • Phone
  • E-mail
  • Web site

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The facts are these…

#1 Ministry of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the development of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development, management and disposal of state-owned agricultural land, agricultural policy, and market and structural support in agriculture.

They are also in charge of protection and recognition of varieties of agricultural plants, trade and application of fertilizers and soil improvers and plant protection products, breeding of farmed animals, and prescribing the conditions for the production and trade of grapes and wine.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo poljoprivrede
Minister: Marija Vučković
Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 78, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 6106 111
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#2 Ministry of Croatian Veterans

The Ministry of Croatian Veterans nurtures and preserves the values and achievements of the Croatian War of Independence. They protect the interests of Croatian war veterans and victims of the Croatian War of Independence by maintaining public policies that ensure adequate health and social care.

Examples of procedures they handle:

  • Psychosocial support for Croatian Veterans
  • Loans for family members of deceased Croatian Veterans
  • Finding missing persons from the Croatian War of Independence
  • Exhumation of mass graves
  • Remembering victims of the Croatian War of Independence

Croatian name: Ministarstvo hrvatskih branitelja
Minister: Tomo Medved
Address: Trg Nevenke Topalušić 1, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 1 2308 888
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#3 Ministry of Culture and Media

The Ministry of Culture and Media is responsible for the development and promotion of culture, cultural and artistic creation, cultural life and cultural activities, the establishment of institutions and other legal entities in culture, and promoting Croatian culture in other countries and international institutions.

They encourage the development of cultural and creative industries, cultural programs of members of the Croatian people outside of Croatia, and finance cultural activities. The Ministry is in charge of the copyright and other rights protection.

Examples of procedures they handle:

  • Protection of author’s rights
  • Protection of cultural goods and Croatian tradition
  • Entry of happenings to the Register of cultural goods of Republic of Croatia (for example, Sinjska alka)

Croatian name: Ministarstvo kulture i medija
Minister: Nina Obuljen Koržinek
Address: Runjaninova 2, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 1 4866 200
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#4 Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense is in charge of the development of the defense system and other extraordinary circumstances, the organization of the Croatian Army, and the production and trade of military equipment, and international military cooperation and activities. They work on security measures, mobilization, and recruitment of the armed forces.

Examples of procedures they handle:

  • Education of Croatian army
  • International military cooperation

Croatian name: Ministarstvo obrane
Minister: Mario Banožić
Address: Trg kralja Petra Krešimira IV 1, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 456 7111
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#5 Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for the preparation and implementation of government fiscal policy. Their job is to maintain stable economic growth, increase prosperity and quality of life, and ensure employment for Croatian citizens. They handle the state budget and manage budget revenues and expenditures (taxpayers’ money).

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo financija
Minister: Zdravko Marić
Address: Katančićeva 5, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 4591 333
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#6 Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is responsible for the representation of Croatia in other countries, international organizations and conferences, and the development and improvement of relations between Croatia and other countries and international organizations.

They work on strengthening international security and cooperation, international economic relations and multilateral economic structures, and international humanitarian aid. They are also in charge of the protection of the rights and interests of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian citizens living or residing outside of Croatia, and the promotion of their ties with the homeland.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Minstarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova
Minister: Gordan Grlić Radman
Address: Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 7-8, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 1 4569 800
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web site

#7 Ministry of Health

The mission of the Ministry of Health is to protect, preserve and improve the health of Croatian citizens through the protection of public health interest, early recognition of disease risk and occupational diseases related to work, prevention of diseases, injuries at work, and treatment and rehabilitation of the sick.

Their other goals are promotion and preservation of health, more affordable health care, quality of the health care system, protection of public health interest, and more efficient management of financial resources in health care.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo zdravstva
Minister: Vili Beroš
Address: Ksaver 200a, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 46 07 555
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#8 Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is the main state body responsible for police affairs, and the work of the criminal police, border police, and special police. They handle the administrative affairs related to the personal status of citizens, citizenship, foreigners (immigration), and asylum.

The Ministry is responsible for activities in the field of fire and technological explosion protection, civil protection and rescue, firefighting and fire protection, production and trade of explosives and weapons, private protection and detective work, mine action, ionizing radiation protection, and nuclear safety.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova
Minister: Davor Božinović
Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 33, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 6122 111
E-mail:  [email protected] , [email protected]
Web site

#9 Ministry of Justice and Administration

The Ministry of Justice and Administration is responsible for establishing an impartial, professional judiciary and public administration, accessible to citizens regardless of any differences. It must be qualified to operate within the EU and reflect the highest European standards.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo pravosuđa i uprave
Minister: Ivan Malenica
Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 49, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 371 4000
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#10 Ministry of Labor, Pension System, Family, and Social Policy

The Ministry of Labor, Pension System, Family, and Social Policy is in charge of the labor law, labor market, employment, and active labor market policy, unemployment records and employment assistance, work retraining, and employability enhancement programs.

It is also responsible for the pension insurance system, social security policy, and implementation of programs and projects funded by the EU and other international financial assistance.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo rada, mirovinskog sustava, obitelji i socijalne politike
Minister: Josip Aladrović
Address: Ksaver 200a, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 1 6106 835
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#11 Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction, and State Property

The Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction, and State Property is in charge of construction, physical planning and housing, and implementation of EU and other international programs of assistance. They perform tasks related to spatial planning, use and protection of space, location permits, and arrangement and use of construction land.

They are responsible for ​​real estate valuation, determination of conditions for design and construction of buildings, energy efficiency in buildings, construction and use permits, use, maintenance, and removal of buildings.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo prostornog uređenja, graditeljstva i državne imovine
Minister: Darko Horvat
Address: Ulica Republike Austrije 20, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 3782 444
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#12 Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds

The Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds is in charge of the implementation and management of regional development policy and regional development. They work on regional development programs of Croatian counties and wider regions and encourage cross-border, and regional development.

It cooperates with local and regional self-government units, as well as with other participants and stakeholders in the preparation, organization, and implementation of the development of their regional programs and projects.

Examples of procedures they handle:

  • Coordination with local and regional units
  • Coordination of EU programs
  • Cooperation with the EU Member States

Croatian name: Ministarstvo regionalnog razvoja i fondova Europske unije
Minister: Nataša Tramišak
Address: Miramarska cesta 22, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 1 6400 600
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#13 Ministry of Science and Education

The Ministry of Science and Education is in charge of preschool, elementary, and secondary education in Croatia. The Ministry creates the National Curriculum, approves the literature, and sets the regulations and standards of the educational work.

Their responsibility is to ensure the education and formation of competent and responsible young people and an accessible system of lifelong learning. They should be competent in the current and future domestic and international labor market.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo znanosti i obrazovanja
Minister: Radovan Fuchs
Address: Donje Svetice 38, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +3851 4569 000
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#14 Ministry of the Economy and Sustainable Development

The Ministry of the Economy and Sustainable Development works on strategies and programs of sustainable development of Croatian society on the principle of the green and circular economy. Their job is to ensure the competitiveness of the Croatian economy and work on the industrial policy and application of innovations and new technologies.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo gospodarstva i održivog razvoja
Minister: Tomislav Ćorić
Address: Radnička cesta 80, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 3717 111 , +385 1 6106 111
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#15 Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure

The Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure is responsible for domestic and international maritime, nautical, road, railway, combined, and air transport programs. It proposes development strategies and ensures the safety of the transport system.

They are also in charge of the construction, technical improvement, and traffic-technological modernization of inland waterways, and technical maintenance of waterways and navigation safety facilities disabled due to natural disasters.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo mora, prometa i infrastrukture
Minister: Oleg Butković
Address: Prisavlje 14, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 6169 111
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

#16 Ministry of Tourism and Sport

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is responsible for Croatian tourism policy, development of all types of tourism, and small and medium companies in tourism, monitoring the privatization process, development of the tourism infrastructure, and implementing innovation in tourism through establishing business incubators.

The Ministry is also responsible for the development and organization of sports, promotion of the importance of sports and athletes, and implementing regulations for sports clubs and associations. They finance sports programs, propose national sports development programs, and participate in the preparation of the EU and other international sports programs.

Examples of procedures they handle:

Croatian name: Ministarstvo turizma i sporta
Minister: Nikolina Brnjac
Address: Prisavlje 14, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 1 6169 111
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site

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2 thoughts on “All the Croatian government ministries and what they do

  1. Andre Vinicius Alvares
    September 23, 2021 @ 3:14 pm

    A Very useful article indeed, for anyone who is looking forward to open a business in Croatia will find all these information in ENGLISH very very usefull.

    Thank you

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    • Marija Tkalec
      September 23, 2021 @ 3:22 pm

      Hi Andre,

      Thank you for your thoughts, it is nice to hear that it helps! 🙂

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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