The Legal Guide (Croatia) examines the legal and regulatory framework that governs the use of “self-financing” (i.e., income-generating, commercial) activities of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Croatia and provides an assessment of the relevant law and its practical effects in order to identify areas where the law might be improved. In Chapter 1, the guide explains the importance of understanding the regulatory environment as it relates to self-financing, defines the concept of CSO self-financing, and explains the methodology used by NESsT in researching and assessing the legal framework in Croatia. Chapter 2 outlines a generally-accepted typology initially developed by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) for evaluating the legal framework that regulates CSO self-financing. Chapter 3 presents the current regulatory framework and its application in Croatia. The chapter illustrates that although some CSO self-financing activities are permitted in Croatia, legal and tax regulations vary based on the type of organization and the level and relatedness of the activity to the overall mission and purpose of the organization. Finally, in Chapter 4, five criteria are applied to critique the Croatian legal framework, assess its current strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for improvement.
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