The internal structure of an association

An association may have its own organisational units (branch offices, subsidiaries, clubs, etc.) throughout the Republic of Croatia

Branch offices

An association may have its own organisational units (branch offices, subsidiaries, clubs and so on) throughout the Republic of Croatia, in accordance with its statute, which regulates the mutual rights and obligations of the association and the organisational unit.

Organisational units may have legal personality, if this is set out in the statute of the association, and depending on the decision of the authorised body of the association issued for each individual organisational unit. If the statute of the association stipulates that its organisational units have legal personality, they have to be registered with the competent administrative authority designated for the location of the registered office, and the provisions of the Act on Associations apply accordingly.
 

Membership

Any natural and legal person (e.g. company, institution, foundation, association, religious community, etc.) can become a member of an association, under equal conditions determined by the Act on Associations and the statute of the association in question. State authorities (ministries, agencies, institutes, etc.) cannot be members of an association.
For a person under the age of 14, the legal representative or guardian gives a written statement on becoming a member of an association, and for a minor over the age of 14, the legal representative or guardian gives a letter of consent.

List of members

The list of members is kept electronically or in another appropriate way and must contain data on the name (for both natural and legal persons), personal identification number (OIB), date of birth, date of joining the association, membership category, if determined by the statute of the association, and date of termination of membership in the association. The list can also contain other data.
The list of members must be available for consultation to all members and competent authorities, at their request.
 

Premises

During the registration procedure, the association is not required to prove on what basis it uses certain premises at the address registered as the address of its registered office (therefore, it does not have to submit a contract or other deed giving rise to the right to use certain premises). Therefore, the registered office of the association can be registered at any suitable address that allows the registration authority and third parties to communicate with the association (e.g. address of residence of one of the members or founders, etc.).