“Social security and welfare for our socially vulnerable citizens is one of the primary objectives of this government’s activities. That is an area for which we foresee significant investments in the coming period, partly from the budget and partly from EU funds amounting to more than HRK 5.5 billion,” Minister Josip Aladrović said.
At the same time, in an effort to improve the quality and efficiency of social policies, the National Council for the Development of Social Policies will be established as an advisory and expert government body, he added.
“It will contribute to the development of the government’s social policies through proposals and expert opinions from which our citizens will have the most benefit,” Aladrović said.
Council members will be appointed by the government at the ministry’s recommendation. The Council will comprise representatives of state administration, professional chambers, the academic community, civil society organisations and other organisations that can contribute with their knowledge and experience, he added.
The Council will in particular be responsible for monitoring and improving the social security system. It will monitor the implementation of international agreements and existing regulations relating to social security, as well as the needs and standards of social services and other issues. It will also make recommendations for measures and development and monitor activities in social planning and development of the social welfare system.
The Council will convene as necessary, at least once a month. Council members will not be paid for their work, and the Council’s work will be transparent and public.
Funds for the Council’s activities will be ensured from the ministry’s allocation in the state budget.
Demographic revitalisation a key national issue
The government also adopted a decision to launch a procedure for the preparation of a Strategy for Demographic Revitalisation until 2031. The government commissioned the Central State Office for Demography and Youth to prepare a strategy and to appoint a task force.
“The issue of demographic revitalisation is a key national issue for the survival and development of Croatia,” state-secretary in the Central Office for Demography Željka Josić said.
Demographic revitalisation is one of the priority areas of the National Development Strategy until 2030 which sets out guidelines for demographic revitalisation and priorities that will contribute to resolving negative demographic trends.
The strategy deals with areas such as material and non-material support, housing, tax reliefs, public health, education, life-long learning, labour market and mobility, said Josić.
This decision aligns the document with the Strategic Planning and Development Management Act as the key strategic document for national strategic development.
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