On 1 July 2013, Croatia has become the 28th country to accede the European Union. Candidate countries have to fully transpose and implement the EU legislation by the time of accession, including anti-discrimination legislation.
At the end of June 2012, the Ombudsman, the national equality body, published a report on discrimination for the year of 2011.
In 2011, the Ombudsman received 147 new complaints of discrimination (compared to 144 complaints received in 2010), mostly in the field of labour and employment and ethnicity being the most common ground of discrimination. In 2011, 143 cases were solved (recommendation or warning in 8 cases; no discrimination found in 43 cases; legal advice or information to the victim in 19 cases; joined the court proceedings as an intervener on the behalf of the plaintiff in 2 cases; initiated legislation changes in 1 case; case sent to specialised ombudsman in 24 cases).