All the Croatian government ministries and what they do

The Ministry of Finance in Zagreb, Croatia
The Ministry of Finance in Zagreb, Croatia

UPDATED: 4.6.2024.

Croatia has 18 ministries. They are responsible for developing and managing state policies and for the Republic of Croatia’s functioning.

In this post, we cover all Croatian ministries, including their field of work, examples of procedures they handle, Croatian names, ministers, and contact information.

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1. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries 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.

It is also in charge of protecting and recognizing varieties of agricultural plants, trading and applying fertilizers, soil improvers, and plant protection products, breeding farmed animals, and prescribing the conditions for the production and trade of grapes and wine.

Procedures it handles:

  • Opening and closing a family farm (OPG) – view a guide here
  • Selling fishing licenses – view a guide here
  • Conversion of agricultural land into residential land – view how to buy real estate here
  • Defining conditions for wine production – view wine cheat sheet here
  • Controls the health safety of animal food

Croatian name: Ministarstvo poljoprivrede, šumarstva i ribarstva
Minister: Josip Dabro

Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 78, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 6106 111
E-mail: kabinet@mps.hr

Website

2. Ministry of Croatian Veterans

The Ministry of Croatian Veterans nurtures and preserves the values and achievements of the Croatian War of Independence. It protects 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.

Procedures it handles:

  • Psychosocial support for Croatian veterans
  • Loans for family members of deceased Croatian veterans
  • Finding missing persons from the Croatian War of Independence – view a guide here
  • Exhumation of mass graves
  • Remembering victims of the Croatian War of Independence – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo hrvatskih branitelja
Minister: Tomo Medved

Address: Trg Nevenke Topalušić 1, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 (0)1 2308 888
E-mail: ministarstvo@branitelji.hr

Website

3. Ministry of Culture and Media

The Ministry of Culture and Media is responsible for developing and promoting 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.

The Ministry encourages the development of cultural and creative industries and cultural programs of members of the Croatian people outside of Croatia and finances cultural activities. It is in charge of the copyright and other rights protection.

Procedures it handles:

  • Protection of author’s rights
  • Protection of cultural goods and Croatian tradition – view a guide to dry stone walls here
  • Entry of happenings to the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia, like Sinjska alka – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo kulture i medija
Minister: Nina Obuljen Koržinek

Address: Runjaninova 2, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 (0)1 4866 200
E-mail: pisarnica@min-kulture.hr

Website

4. Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense is in charge of developing the defense system and other extraordinary circumstances, organizing the Croatian Army, producing and trading military equipment, and coordinating international military cooperation and activities. It also works on security measures, mobilization, and recruitment of the armed forces.

Procedures it handles:

  • Education of Croatian army
  • International military cooperation

Croatian name: Ministarstvo obrane
Minister: Ivan Anušić

Address: Trg kralja Petra Krešimira IV 1, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 456 7111
E-mail: info@morh.hr

Website

5. Ministry of Demography and Immigration

The Ministry of Demography and Immigration was established in 2024. Its main goal is to promote positive demographic politics and the return of Croatian immigrants from all over the world. Ured za demografiju (Office for Demography) was in charge of demography programs, but they are part of the new ministry now.

Procedures it handles:

  • Monitoring and analysis of demographic trends and developments in the Republic of Croatia
  • Proposes measures aimed at increasing the birth rate and balancing the age structure
  • Supervision and monitoring of the application of regulations on child allowance, maternity and parental leave and benefits, and aid for the equipment of a newborn child

Croatian name: Ministarstvo demografije i useljeništva
Minister: Ivan Šipić

Address: Trg Nevenke Topalušić 1, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 (0)1 555 7111
E-mail: info@demografijaimladi.hr

Website

6. Ministry of Economy

The Ministry of the Economy develops strategies and programs for the sustainable development of Croatian society based on the principle of a green and circular economy. Its job is to ensure the competitiveness of the Croatian economy, develop industrial policy, and apply innovations and new technologies.

Procedures it handles:

  • Opening and closing an obrt (trade business) – view a guide here
  • Opening and closing a j.d.o.o. (simple limited liability company) – view a guide here
  • Opening and closing a d.o.o. (limited liability company) – view a guide here
  • Regulations for different types of business – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo gospodarstva
Minister: Ante Šušnjar

Address: Radnička cesta 80, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 3717 111, +385 (0)1 6106 111
E-mail: javnost@mingor.hr

Website

7. Ministry of Environmental Protection and Green Transition

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Green Transition develops strategies related to environmental and nature protection, water management, and all associated resources like equipment, stationery, and documentation. It also handles financial resources, rights, obligations, and state civil servants, including key officials appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

Procedures it handles:

  • Waste management and recycling of plastic, metal, glass, and paper – view a guide here
  • Water management – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo zaštite okoliša i zelene tranzicije
Minister: Marija Vučković

Address: Radnička cesta 80, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 3717 111

8. Ministry of Finance

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for preparing and implementing government fiscal policy. Its job is to maintain stable economic growth, increase prosperity and quality of life, and ensure employment for Croatian citizens. It handles the state budget and manages budget revenues and expenditures (taxpayers’ money).

Procedures it handles:

  • Consolidation and management of Croatia’s budget
  • Issuance of OIB – view a guide here
  • Issuance of VAT numbers (PDV ID broj) – view a VAT guide here
  • Issuance of personal tax cards – view a guide here
  • Payment of health insurance costs – view a guide here
  • Concession policy system
  • Granting state subsidies – view a guide here
  • Administration of Croatian taxes through Tax administration offices – view a tax guide here
  • Customs and taxes when importing a vehicle to Croatia – view a guide here
  • Customs and taxes when buying online – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo financija
Minister: Marko Primorac

Address: Katančićeva 5, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 4591 333
E-mail: shj@mfin.hr

Website

9. Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is responsible for representing Croatia in other countries, international organizations, and conferences and for developing and improving relations between Croatia and these organizations.

It works on strengthening international security and cooperation, international economic relations and multilateral economic structures, and international humanitarian aid. It is in charge of protecting the rights and interests of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian citizens living or residing outside of Croatia and promoting their ties with the homeland.

Procedures it handles:

  • Concluding international agreements
  • Communication with foreign missions and consulates in Croatia – view a guide here

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 (0)1 4569 800
E-mail:  kabinet.ministra@mvep.hr

Website

10. 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 and injuries at work, and treatment and rehabilitation of the sick.

Its other goals are the 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.

[Read: Healthcare and health insurance in Croatia]

Procedures it handles:

  • Compulsory health insurance called obvezno – view a guide here
  • Supplemental health insurance called dopunsko – view a guide here
  • Vaccinations against diseases – view a guide here
  • Regulation of GMO policies – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo zdravstva
Minister: Vili Beroš

Address: Ksaver 200a, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 4607 555
E-mail: pisarnica@miz.hr

Website

11. Ministry of Justice, Administration, and Digital Transformation

The Ministry of Justice, Administration, and Digital Transformation 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.

Procedures it handles:

  • Full legalization of Croatian documents for use outside of Croatia – view a guide here
  • Register of Croatian voters – view a guide here
  • Entry of non-profit udruga to the Register – view a guide here
  • Permission for buying residential properties to foreigners – view a guide here
  • Registration of political parties – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo pravosuđa i uprave
Minister: Damir Habijanž

Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 49, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 371 4000
E-mail: pitanja@mpu.hr

Website

12. 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.

[Read: Croatia’s pension system]

Procedures it handles:

  • Defining the rights of workers in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Work status of foreigners who work in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Defining pension system – view a guide here
  • Protection from domestic violence – view a guide here
  • Rehabilitation from drug addiction – view a guide here
  • Defining rights of people with disabilities
  • Procedures regarding marriages – view a guide here
  • Procedures regarding same-sex relationships – view a guide here
  • Adoption process – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo rada, mirovinskog sustava, obitelji i socijalne politike
Minister: Marin Piletić

Address: Ksaver 200a, 10 000 Zagreb
Phone: +385 (0)1 6106 835
E-mail: kabinet@mrosp.hr

Website

13. 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. It performs tasks related to spatial planning, use and protection of space, location permits, and arrangement and use of construction land.

The Ministry is responsible for ​​real estate valuation, determining conditions for building design and construction, energy efficiency in buildings, construction and use permits, and building use, maintenance, and removal.

Procedures it handles:

  • Location permits for real estate properties – view a guide here
  • Real estate appraisal
  • Policy of housing – view how to rent an apartment here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo prostornog uređenja, graditeljstva i državne imovine
Minister: Branko Bačić

Address: Ulica Republike Austrije 20, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 3782 444
E-mail: pitanja@mpgi.hr

Website

14. 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. It works 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 preparing, organizing, and implementing the development of their regional programs and projects.

Procedures it handles:

  • 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: Šime Erlić

Address: Miramarska cesta 22, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone:  +385 (0)1 6400 600
E-mail: kabinet@mrfeu.hr

Website

15. Ministry of Science, Education, and Youth

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

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

[Read: How to enroll kids in kindergarten (vrtić) in Croatia]

Procedures it handles:

  • Defining the elementary education system -view a guide to international schools here
  • Defining the secondary education system
  • Managing the register of student programs – view a guide to study here
  • Approving school books – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo znanosti, obrazovanja i mladih
Minister: Radovan Fuchs

Address: Donje Svetice 38, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 4569 000
E-mail: pisarnica@mzo.hr

Website

16. Ministry of Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure

The Ministry of 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.

It is 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.

Procedures it handles:

  • Organization of postal services in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Organization of the boat travel system in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Organization of the train travel system in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Organization of the bus travel system in Croatia – view a guide here

Croatian name: Ministarstvo mora, prometa i infrastrukture
Minister: Oleg Butković

Address: Prisavlje 14, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 6169 111
E-mail: ministar@mmpi.hr

Web site

17. Ministry of Tourism and Sport

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is responsible for Croatian tourism policy, the development of all types of tourism, and small and medium-sized 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, the promotion of the importance of sports and athletes, and implementing regulations for sports clubs and associations. It finances sports programs, proposes national sports development programs, and participates in the preparation of the EU and other international sports programs.

Procedures it handles:

  • Regulation of rental accommodation – view a guide here
  • Categorization of tourist facilities
  • Decisions on registration or closing tourist agencies – view a guide here
  • Register on the number of private renters – view a guide here
  • Ensuring the health care of athletes

Croatian name: Ministarstvo turizma i sporta
Minister: Tonči Glavina

Address: Prisavlje 14, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 6169 111
E-mail: pisarnica@mints.hr

Website

18. Ministry of the Interior

The Ministry of the Interior is the main state body responsible for police affairs and the work of the criminal police, border police, and special police. It handles 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.

[Read: Available visas and residence permits for Croatia]

Procedures it handles:

  • Applications for temporary residence in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Applications for permanent residence in Croatia – view a guide here
  • Issuance of Croatian visas – view a guide here
  • Applications for Croatian citizenship – view a guide here
  • Car and motor vehicle registration – view a guide here
  • Exchange of foreign driver’s licenses – view a guide here
  • Issuance of Croatian driver’s licenses – view a guide here
  • Issuance of Croatian ID cards – view a guide here
  • Issue of Croatian passports – view a guide here
  • Work permits – view a guide here
  • Weapon permits

Croatian name: Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova
Minister: Davor Božinović

Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 33, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Phone: +385 (0)1 6122 111
E-mail:  pitanja@mup.hr , policija@mup.hr

Website

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