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The Constitution of the Republic of Croatia defines Croatia as a social state, and one of the highest constitutional values is social justice. This means that the Constitution obliges public authorities to respect these principles while adopting legislative and institutional framework.

All the past “reforms” of the social security system (in particular pension and health care), however, were shaped and managed along the neoliberal concept, including privatization and commercialization of social services, reduction of public consumption and abolishment of solidarity principle, thus the equality too.

The UATUC advocates consistent realization of constitutional provisions on Croatia as a social state, i.e. advocates social development of Croatia as considerate, just and solidary society, based on universal values of solidarity and equality. Social policy must be based on strengthening social cohesion and social solidarity, reducing income inequality, fight against poverty and strengthening the citizens’ influence on shaping public policies.