Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
The political and legal framework defining the position of national minorities is derived from the Constitution (1990, rev. 2001, 2010, 2014) and the Constitutional Law on Rights of National Minorities (2002, rev. 2010, 2011), which are also basis for the development of this measure. The key objective of the measure is that there is a special fund for supporting activities and projects by national minorities and is implemented through a Public Call for projects. The Public Call is also oriented to cultural projects in the fields of arts and heritage, media, events and festivals as well as various projects promoting education, social cohesion and intercultural dialogue. The main feature of the measure is providing funding for diverse artistic and cultural projects by all the officially recognized national minorities in Croatia. There are 22 officially organised minorities in Croatia: Albanians, Austrians, Bosnians, Bulgarians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Poles, Roma, Romanians, Russians, Ruthenians, Slovaks, Slovenians, Serbs, Turks, Ukrainians, and Vlachs. The majority of the supported programmes are predominantly traditional artistic and cultural activities, e.g., oriented to preserving the language, nurturing folk traditions, organising exhibitions, acting and reciting groups, supporting publishing in the language of the minorities, etc.
Website of the policy/measure, if available:
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
The implementation of measure helps in supporting the cultural autonomy of all of the national minorities in the Republic of Croatia, provides for better promotion of the arts and culture of national minorities in different parts of Croatia, and thus contributes to improving the position of national minorities in Croatia.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
In 2018 - 5.350.781USD.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
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Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?:
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?:
The report on the implementation of the measure is delivered by the Council for the National Minorities on a yearly basis to the Parliament. It provides for a detailed analysis on the allocation of the funding and the programmes delivered through the implementation of the measure. The Council for National Minorities has developed a Methodology for assessing the implementation of the measure in 2009 (Official Gazette 155/02), and also according to the Criteria for Determining Financial Assistance for Non-governmental Organizations and National Minority Institutions (Official Gazette 123/2014).