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About the Office

Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs was founded by the Regulation on Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs in 1998 with the aim of performing expert work in the domain of the Croatian Government with regards to creating conditions for cooperation and partnership with non-governmental, non-profit sector, especially with associations in the Republic of Croatia.

The Office has a wide scope of activities, from cooperation in creating and proposing new legislative frameworks for the activity of non-governmental, non-profit sector in the Republic of Croatia, monitoring the implementation of the National Strategy for the Creation of an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development and measures of the Operational Implementation Plan for the Strategy to forming a programme, standards and recommendations for financing the activity of civil society organizations from the state budget and other public funds, as well as pre-accession and structural funds of the European Union.

According to the effective Regulation on Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs, the task of the Office is to coordinate the work of ministries, central state offices, Croatian Government offices and state administrative organizations, as well as administrative bodies at local level in connection with monitoring and improving the cooperation with the non-governmental, non-profit sector in the Republic of Croatia.

The Office implements projects supporting civil society development funded from the European Union structural funds (European Social Fund), as well as previous pre-accession assistance programmes. Except for the already initiated projects form the CARDS programme and those planned by PHARE and IPA, the Office is also responsible for the implementation of the EU programme Europe for Citizens, which opened additional possibilities for financing projects by civil society organizations in Croatia from 2008 onwards.

Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs has been accredited as Intermediary Body level 1 for implementation of the operations from the Operational Programme "Human Resources Development 2007-2013" (HRD OP), as well as for the operations from the Operational Programme "Efficient Human Resources" 2014-2020,  that is for implementation of European Social Fund operations.

The Office also  took part in the programming process of ESF investment priorities from the latter Operational Programme, within which funds from the priorities "High Employment and Labour Mobility", "Social Inclusion", "Education and Lifelong Learning" and "Smart Administration" will be available for CSOs' projects.

Under the Regulation on the criteria, benchmarks and procedures of financing and contracting of programmes and projects of common interest implemented by NGOs, adopted by the Croatian Government on March 5, 2015, the Office works on improving the standards for financing NGOs' programmes and projects from the state budget.

In the implementation of the mentioned tasks, the Office closely cooperates with the Council For the Development Of Civil Society to which it, at the same time, offers technical, administrative, professional and financial support in its work.

 

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