Tuesday, 18 August 2020
For the purpose of coordinating the implementation of sustainable development goals, the Government of the Republic of Croatia established the National Council for Sustainable Development in January 2018. National Council for Sustainable Development is chaired by the Prime Minister and its members are heads of relevant ministries (i.e. members of the Cabinet), representative from the Office of the President of the Republic, as well as heads of the Government’s Office for Human Rights and National Minorities, Government’s Office for Civil Sector, Government’s Office for Gender Equality and the Croatian Bureau of Statistics. Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs acts as SDGs coordinator, as secretariat for the new Council for SD.
Mechanisms of horizontal integration are also described in the Environmental Protection Act that prescribed that development documents pertaining to individual areas and activities cannot be in contravention to the NSSD.
For the purpose of developing the sectoral strategic documents, usual procedure in Croatia starts with interdepartmental consultations at the very beginning of the preparation phase. This is followed by establishment of the working groups composed of representatives of various stakeholders e.g. government bodies, institutions and agencies, business and civil society – which are working together to draft the document.