Foreigners to Work for Croatian State Institutions

Lauren Simmonds

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June the 10th, 2023 – Soon, foreign nationals will be permitted to work for Croatian state institutions, and AI is going to give them a helping hand.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, yet another new law will introduce a centralised employment system modelled after the institutions of the European Union, as reported by Jutarnji list.

Artificial Intelligence will provide a hand

Candidates will be able to apply online, and after completing all of the formal requirements and submitting any relevant documentation through a special system, which will be connected to Centralised Payroll (COP), they will be invited to the examination centre of the Ministry of Administration. There they will be greeted by a computer and before they even start taking their exam, the system will assign them a code and at that moment the entire process is anonymised.

Greater transparency

The Ministry of Administration, which is in charge of a project from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan worth about two million euros, says that the new law should enable greater transparency of the procedure itself, reduce the possibility of potential abuse, and ensure that employment procedures in the civil service are significantly shortened.

Salaries will be based on performance

The Ministry of Administration will conduct exams and interviews of the bodies in which employment is sought. Another novelty is also set to be introduced by that law and is related to the Law on Salaries. In the future, all employees who receive a rating of “satisfactory” will be sent for additional training or transferred to another workplace with the same level of education, that is, they may regress in terms of the jobs they’re doing and receive a lower salary.

An “unsatisfactory” grade is also sufficient grounds for dismissal, and employees with the three highest grades – excellent, particularly successful and successful – will be able to earn points and a salary up to 30 percent higher during their working lives.

Foreigners will be able to work for Croatian state institutions

The new Law on Civil Servants, modelled on the same laws in other European Union member states, prescribes the possibility of employing citizens of other EU countries, third countries, as well as the employment of pensioners on a part-time basis. The condition will be knowledge of the Croatian language and the Latin script, and foreign citizens will not be able to be employed in jobs in Croatian state administration bodies that are prescribed by the Constitution or the law, i.e. for which there is a condition of holding Croatian citizenship, but in general, administrative, accounting and IT jobs will be available to them.


When it comes to pensioners, it will be made possible to employ them on a fixed-term and part-time basis, provided that the person is not older than 67.


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