Croatian National Rural Network

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The Croatian National Rural Network aims to facilitate the involvement and co-operation of all those who participate in rural development, informing the broader public on project possibilities and encouraging innovation in agriculture.


Nacionalna ruralna mreža
Ulica grada Vukovara 78
10000 Zagreb
Telephone number: 
+385 16408-145
Email address: 
Contact persons: 
Zorana-Ana Cetinić-Frankos
(Head of Department)
+385 16408-145
Nela Borković
(Expert Advisor)
+385 16473-083
Goran Maravić
(Expert Associate)
+385 16408-144

NSU operation

The Croatian National Rural Network established its objectives in line with the mandatory NRN objectives set by the EU Regulation.
Increase the involvement of stakeholders in the implementation of the programme.
Improve the quality of programme implementation.
Inform the broader public and potential beneficiaries on rural development policy and the possibilities of co-financing projects.
Encourage innovation in agricultur.e, food production, forestry and rural areas.

Who can join the network?

The Croatian National Rural Network (NRM) is open to everyone interested in rural development. All interested stakeholders can become a member.
How to join the network?
There is no selection process, but an online application form must be filled in (available on the right-hand side of the homepage:
Who are the members?
Until 31st of December 2020, there were 435 registered members of the Croatian NRN. Members come from a wide range of organizations:

  • Local and regional governments, regional and local development agencies 
  • LAGs
  • Agricultural associations
  • Farmers
  • State administration bodies, professional educational and scientific institutions in the  field of agriculture and rural development
  • Other natural and legal persons

The NSU and the Managing Authority
The NSU is established within the Managing Authority, with some activities outsourced.
The NSU and the Monitoring Committee
Although the NRN is not a member of the RDP Monitoring Committee (MC), the head of the RDP Managing Authority is the president of both the RDP Monitoring Committee and the NRN Steering Committee.

The Croatian National Rural Network has a Steering Committee that acts as a governance body:
It is composed of 9 permanent members (and appointed substitutes).
The president is the Head of the Rural Development Programme (Managing Authority).
The first meeting of the NRN Steering Committee took place on 27 April 2016.

Budget (€)
Total NRN public funds: up to 10% of Technical Assistance
Out of which national co-financing: 15%
Out of which EAFRD: 85%

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