The system of honours of the Republic of Croatia was established after the independence of Croatia in 1991. There are eighteen main decorations conferred since 1995, in addition to several other medals and awards.
The President of the Republic of Croatia confers decoration and awards of the Republic of Croatia on his/her own initiative or at the suggestion of the State Commission for Decorations and Awards. Decorations and awards can be conferred on Croatian or foreign nationals, legal entities as well as units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of the Interior.
The orders, decorations, and medals authorized under the law instituted in 1995 are listed below in their order of precedence. Some orders were instituted in 1992.
Orders and decorations are for merit in establishing, maintaining and promoting an autonomous, independent and sovereign Republic of Croatia, merit in the realization of the Croatian nation-building idea and the development and construction of the Republic of Croatia, and for exceptional courage and heroism in war, in immediate war danger or in special peacetime circumstances.
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Croatia also awards the Croatian State Award (Croatian: Dr?avna nagrada) each year to Croatian citizens who have excelled in a specific field.
In addition to the orders and decorations above, Croatia has also established various medals for long service, etc., as well as a series of commemorative medals for the military campaigns in 1995. Among these are:
Medals are awarded "to members of the active and reserve components of the armed and police forces of the Republic of Croatia for participation in certain military-police operations and to individuals for exceptional undertakings."
State ministries grant or sponsor various other top-level annual awards: