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Recognition of religion or belief in Croatia

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Croatia are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Croatia


  • A degree of state privilege exists for the Catholic Church; the degree of equitability between Vatican concordats and the contractual agreements offered to other denominations needs to be monitored.

  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated.

  • There does exist restrictive elements in Croatia’s system which block it from dynamic classification, namely its intrusive requirements including membership quotas, longevity expectations, and inappropriate informational requirements.

Positive elements:

  • Obligations that the state should support religious organisations operationally and financially shows dynamic character.

  • Provisions have been put in place to protect entities registered prior to law enactments; re-submission of information, however, needs to be monitored to ensure no abuse of administrative powers takes place.


  • Establish differentiation between existential recognition and legal registration and ensure appropriate provisions for the execution of each are put in place.

  • Remove membership quotas and other intrusive informational requirements from the registration process.

  • Solving these minor issues with the system will see Croatia ascend to the highest classification of dynamic.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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