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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.2 Administration and governance

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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


Public actors


The Ministry of Labour and Pension System (MLPS) carries out administrative and coordinating tasks related to employment programmes, and the Labour Inspectorate is also located within the Ministry. MLPS coordinates employment policies as regulated by the Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Active Employment Policy in the Republic of Croatia for the period 2015 – 2017, approved by the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

The main partner of MLPS in the implementation of policies for employment and entrepreneurship at the level of the Government of the Republic of Croatia is the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts (MEEC). MEEC carries out administrative and other activities related to small and medium-sized entrepreneurship, crafts, cooperatives, promotion of exports and foreign investments, and the promotion of competitiveness in the field of small and medium-sized entrepreneurship. MEEC also operates in the field of international co-operation in crafts and small and medium-sized entrepreneurship.



The Croatian Employment Service (CES) is the main agency in the field of employment, which keeps the database of unemployed persons and provides incentives for the employment of unemployed persons on the basis of annual programme, and upon consultation with a working group involving representatives of social partners and relevant civil society organizations (in 2017 it was the Institute for Professional Development of Youth).

Labour market stakeholders include the following institutions and organizations:

REGOS – Central Registry of Insured Persons that maintains a database of all persons who have a pension insurance.  

Croatian Pension Insurance Institute (CPII) that enables the exercise of rights arising from pension insurance  

Agency for Securing Employees Claims in the event of Employer's Bankruptcy  


Institute for Expert Evaluation, Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Disabilities

Institute for Occupational Safety Improvement.



Local and regional level

Communication at the local and regional level is mainly carried out via the administrative departments of economic affairs in counties, branches of the above listed agencies and regional development agencies.

CES is a leading partner in local partnerships for employment, which complement national policy with initiatives geared towards regional labour markets. Local partners are stakeholders from the public, private and civil sector, and the purpose of partnership is to elaborate and develop institutional framework for human resources development at county level (based on partnership) and strengthen the capacities of local stakeholders for the development and implementation of labour market policies.


Labour unions

Three major national trade unions  in Croatia are mentioned below:

Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia  

Independent Trade Unions of Croatia

The Association of Croatian Unions


Schools and universities

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Universities and polytechnics

The Adult Education Institution


Croatian bureau of statistics

Croatian Bureau of Statistics keeps the national database in the area of employment and entrepreneurship.


Research institutes

The Economic Institute,The Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, The Institute of Social Science “Ivo Pilar” and The Institute of Public Finance are the leading institutions in the area of research of employment and entrepreneurship.

Public consultations

Cooperation with civil society organizations takes place as needed, and/or according to the invitation to the individual organization, depending on the area and based on the Code of Practice on Consultation with the Interested Public in Procedures of Adopting Laws, Other Regulations and Acts.


Non-public actors

There are 121 temporary employment Agencies operating in Croatia.

Consultation with youth

In the area of youth policy, the Croatian Youth Network (CYN), is an alliance of 63 youth and for-youth non-governmental associations acting as a national umbrella organization for young people and is a member of the European Youth Forum. CYN is involved in decision-making processes on youth policies in Croatia by consultations and counselling.


Cross-sectorial cooperation