The consultation and involvement of the public in the process of adopting regulations is carried out for the purpose of collecting information on the interests, attitudes and suggestions of the public with regard to a particular public policy. The aim is to raise the level of understanding and accepting the policy objectives, as well as to identify the shortcomings and negative effects that need to be removed in a timely manner.
Pursuant to the Act on the Right of Access to Information (NN, Nos 25/13 and 85/15), which legally binds institutions to conduct public consultations, state administration bodies are obliged to consult with the interested public via the central web portal for public consultations e-Savjetovanja.
The obligation to conduct the procedure of consultation with the interested public is stipulated in the Act on the Regulatory Impact Assessment (NN, No 44/17), which regulates the procedure, documents, method of annual planning of normative activities, competent bodies, the manner of consultation with the interested public in the process of adopting new regulations and includes the analysis of their potential benefits and costs, thus contributing to a more rational process of evidence-based policy-making.
In order to facilitate the interaction with citizens and representatives of the interested public, as well as to stimulate more active participation of citizens in the public life, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has adopted the Code of Practice on Consultation with the Interested Public in the Procedures of Adopting Laws, Other Regulations and Acts, which stipulates the general principles, standards and measures for consultation with the interested public.