Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs was founded by the Regulation on Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs in 1998 with the aim of performing expert work in the domain of the Croatian Government with regards to creating conditions for cooperation and partnership with non-governmental, non-profit sector, especially with associations in the Republic of Croatia.
The Office has a wide scope of activities, from cooperation in creating and proposing new legislative frameworks for the activity of non-governmental, non-profit sector in the Republic of Croatia, monitoring the implementation of the National Strategy for the Creation of an Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development and measures of the Operational Implementation Plan for the Strategy to forming a programme, standards and recommendations for financing the activity of civil society organizations from the state budget and other public funds, as well as pre-accession and structural funds of the European Union.
According to the effective Regulation on Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs
, the task of the Office is to coordinate the work of ministries, central state offices, Croatian Government offices and state administrative organizations, as well as administrative bodies at local level in connection with monitoring and improving the cooperation with the non-governmental, non-profit sector in the Republic of Croatia.
Office for cooperation with NGOs which within a decentralized system of EU funds in the pre-accession period has the role of Project Implementation Unit, will be the intermediate body for the first level of Efficient Human Resources Programme in the proposed new operating structure for the use of the ESF (Under the provisions of the Decision of the Government on strategic documents and institutional framework for the use of structural instruments of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia, Official Gazette 116/2010), with the Ministry of Labour and Pension System as governing body. Programming investments in strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations is part of the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources.
In accordance with the Regulation on the criteria, standards and procedures for financing and contracting programs and projects of interest to the public good provided by the association, the Office is working on improving standards for financing programs and projects of associations from public sources.
In the implementation of the mentioned tasks, the Office closely cooperates with the Council For the Development Of Civil Society to which it, at the same time, offers technical, administrative, professional and financial support in its work.