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Opportunities for health prevention through Croatia’s EU membership

HEAL welcomes Croatia as the 28th member of the EU. Their membership offers many opportunities to increase the health and well-being of Croatian citizens through environmental measures.

Being a member of the European Union means that in Croatia the same environmental protection standards now apply as in the other 27 member countries. This is good news not only for the environment, but also for people’s health, as the measures aimed at protecting the environment also contribute to preventing diseases such as asthma, cancer or heart attacks.

However, many challenges remain, for example questions of monitoring of pollution or the financing of protection measures or the plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in Istria. Efforts also need to be stepped up to ensure the full participation and recognition of civil society organisations in decision-making.

HEAL started capacity building for the Croatian health and medical community in 2006, with a series of advocacy workshops for NGOs, medical professionals and journalists with our members Croatian Nurses Association and PIN for Health ( In 2012, we worked with Zelena akcija, a member of Friends of the Earth Europe in a project to build up a rich exchange and network.

We would like to thank our three members from Croatia for the contributions they make to our mission and activities.

HEAL’s members are:

The Coalition of Associations in Healthcare (CAH), a national, non-partisan alliance of associations aiming to strengthen intra- and inter-agency cooperation and contributing to the progress of the Croatian healthcare system; the Croatian Nurses Association, a professional body in the field of nursing to improve inter alia the role of nurses as active advocates on health and environment and; PIN Partnership-Information-Networking for Health, a non-profit organisation promoting and implementing evidence-based public health policies in Croatia and other Central and Eastern European countries.

First photo: Capacity building workshop in Croatia, 2006
Second photo: Meeting with Croatian health ministry, 2006
Thid photo: Croatian Nurses Association shows HEAL staff an excellent time, 2006

Originally posted on 23 July 2013

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