Open-door days of Croatian civil society associations started on Monday in Zagreb with a conference on the role of NGOs in societal and economic growth and in democratisation of society.
"Creating an encouraging environment for the development of civil society associations is a benchmark for democracy and stable political system in every country," said Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov of the Bridge party.
Addressing the conference, Petrov said that the current government was aware of the mission of NGOs in building an inclusive, open and diverse society.
The Open Days event is taking place through Wednesday.
The deputy chair of the government's office for NGOs, Vesna Lendic Kasalo, said that there were 53,000 civil society associations in Croatia.