4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes
Promotion of intercultural dialogue is a relevant issue in Croatia and appears on the agenda of cultural, media, educational and social policies. However, there are no explicitly formulated policies for the promotion of intercultural dialogue nor is there a special fund or support scheme. It is important to note that due to recent Croatian history and the consequences of the Homeland war, the issue of integration and re-integration of minorities, coexistence, as well as resettlement of refugees and displaced persons have been for some time very high on the list of political priorities. It is also important to note that Croatia is not a country receiving any substantial number of immigrants other than those from neighbouring countries. This is why the issue of intercultural dialogue within the country remains largely an issue of social integration and creating equal opportunities for all minorities.
There are numerous NGOs and initiatives, both on national and regional levels, focussing on issues of intercultural dialogue. Examples of good practice that continue each year include:
Other examples of good practice that deal with the issues of intercultural dialogue:
The government of the Republic of Croatia takes steps to support all activities that promote dialogue between different faith groups. Sixteen agreements have been signed with 16 churches and religious communities. The international agreement with the Holy See regulates issues with Catholic Church in Croatia, while other agreements were signed with: the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia; the Islamic religious community in Croatia; the Evangelic Church in Croatia; the Reformed Christian (Calvinist) Church in Croatia; the Evangelical Pentecostal Church in Croatia, which additionally represents the Christ Pentecostal Church in Croatia and The Union of Christ Pentecostal Churches in Croatia; the Adventist Church in Croatia, which represents the Reformed movement of the Seventh-day Adventists; the Union of Baptist Churches in Croatia, which represent the Church of Christ; the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Croatia; the Croatian Old Catholic Church; and the Macedonian Orthodox Church in Croatia. In 2003, the Agreement between the government of the Republic of Croatia and the Jewish Community in Croatia was adopted. In autumn 2008, the Agreement was signed with the Beth Israel Jewish faith group, while the Co-ordination of Jewish Communities in the Republic of Croatia has not yet signed the proposed agreement.