In Croatia the 2002 Law on the Legal Position of Religious Communities broadly defines religious communities’ legal positions and covers such matters as government funding, tax benefits, and religious education in schools. Registration of religious groups is not obligatory. However, registered groups are granted “legal person” status and enjoy tax and other benefits.
The Church of Scientology Croatia was officially registered as a religious organization on 22 December 2003 in the Register of Religious Communities in the Republic of Croatia. The Ministry of Justice not only recognized the Church of Scientology of Croatia; it also recognized the religion of Scientology so that other Scientology religious organizations could also be registered in the future.