Obligations of associations after their establishment

Read more about the obligations of associations after submitting the application for entry in the Register of Associations of the Republic of Croatia

Register of Associations

The Register of Associations is a public register kept in electronic format uniquely for all associations in the Republic of Croatia. Registration in the Register is voluntary, and is done at the request of a person authorised to represent the association who, on behalf of the founders, submits an application for entry in the Register of Associations to the competent state administration office designated for the place where registered office of the association is located. By registering in the Register, the association acquires legal personality.

Anyone can consult the online Register of Associations

Online Register of Associations.
 

Making a stamp

Amendments to the Act on Associations (OG 70/17) repealed the provision according to which associations were required to regulate the layout of their stamp by their statute. However, if an association wants to have a stamp, the content of the stamp must be prescribed by its statute. After obtaining the decision on registration, a stamp is to be ordered from the stamp maker, which must match the description found in the statute (diameter, shape, position and text).
 

Registration with the Central Bureau of Statistics

After having the association entered in the Register of Associations and after having the stamp made (if the statute stipulates that the association has a stamp), a person authorised to represent the association must contact the Central Bureau of Statistics, or its branch office in the regional self-government unit, where he or she will use the RPS-1 Form (Commercial Register – registration) to have the association entered in the Commercial Register. Based on the aforementioned form, the Central Bureau of Statistics will issue a deed on the classification of the legal entity in terms of the activity it performs in accordance with the National Classification of Business Activities.
 

Entry in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations

Having registered in the Register of Associations, obtained the classification notice from the Central Bureau of Statistics and opened a giro account in a commercial bank, the association is required to submit an application for entry in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations managed by the Ministry of Finance.

The application is submitted using the RNO Form which can be found on the website of the Ministry of Finance, along with instructions for filling in the form.

The completed and certified form is delivered by mail to the following address:

Ministry of Finance
Služba za državno računovodstvo i računovodstvo neprofitnih organizacija
Katančićeva 5
10 000 Zagreb

The Ministry of Finance does not issue a certificate or a decision on the registration in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations. However, the page of the Register containing data on the non-profit organisation accessed by searching the Register can be printed and used for this purpose.