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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration


Mechanisms of horizontal integration are also described in the Environmental Protection Act (OG 80/13, 78/15). One that we have already mentioned is the requirement that: "Development documents pertaining to individual areas and activities cannot be in contravention to the Strategy".

In the field of legislation and official documents and policies, one of the means for achieving horizontal integration is the Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection Council.  Its role is to provide the continuity of professional and scientific basis for regulation of certain issues in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. Its members should be representatives of various institutions and organizations. It has supervisory and advisory function and has the task to deliver opinions on:


  • Proposals of documents in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development which are adopted by the Government or the Croatian Parliament;
  • Proposals for and assessments of coordination in solving issues related to environmental protection and economic development;
  • Proposals for and assessments of coordination in solving issues related to climate and ozone layer protection.


The Council, established by the Government for the purpose of achieving coordinated and harmonized economic development in the context of environmental protection and ensuring conditions for sustainable development, reduced its activity since 2012. The Council was member of the European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) network, till 2012.

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.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 27 January 2017

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