Project duration: 03/2004 – 07/2004

Client: Delegation of the European Commission

Origin of funding: Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Political Aspects:

    • to present various aspects of Croatia’s EU candidacy and to give an assessment of Croatia’s progress in fulfilling the obligations stemming from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA);
    • to discuss the political aspects of Croatia’s candidate country status and its significance for the region of Western Balkans;
    • to encourage the expert debate on the significance of Croatia’s application for EU membership
    • to emphasise the importance of European Partnerships and its meaning for Croatia’s preparation for the EU candidate country status
    • to provide an opportunity for an evaluation of the EU policy towards the countries of Western Balkans one year after the Thessaloniki summit;

Economic Aspects:

    • to highlight the major benefits of the status of the candidate country;
    • to address the current and future economic challenges of Croatia’s preparation for EU membership;
    • to encourage the debate on the EU pre-accession programmes (ISPA, SAPARD) and to discuss the prospects of introducing the EU cohesion policy instruments for Croatia;
    • to discuss the first evaluation report on CARDS programme, its main characteristics and implications;

Type of services provided

    • Scientific research
    • Development of policy papers
    • Overall project design and management
    • Dissemination of project and results
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