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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration


National — sub-national linkages

Mechanisms of vertical integration are described in the Environmental Protection Act (OG 80/13, 78/15). The Act sets out responsibility for sustainable development on different political levels, including national government, counties, cities, and other relevant stakeholders. This responsibility is regulated through sustainable development and environmental protection documents, of which NSDS is the highest level document that other such documents (Environmental Protection Plan, Environmental Protection Programme and Environmental Status Report) as well as all other development documents in Croatia have to be in accordance with. NSDS and Environmental Protection Plan regulate SD on the national level, Environmental Protection Programme regulates it on sub-national, regional level, while being in conformity with national documents, and Environmental Status Reports can be made at both national and sub-national level, referring to either the Plan or the Programme. The requirement for conformity of lower level sustainable development and environmental protection documents with the Strategy, the legal obligation of counties, the city of Zagreb and major cities to develop and adopt their Programmes and the obligation of submitting the Environmental Status Report every four years ensure that NSDS is implemented and has effects on sub-national level, as well.

EU linkages

The NSDS follows the principles of the Mediterranean Strategy on Sustainable Development (2005) and the renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (2001).


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

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