Croatia – Information Society and Media
Candidate countries conduct negotiations with the European Union (EU) in order to prepare themselves for accession. The accession negotiations cover the adoption and implementation of European legislation (acquis) and, more specifically, the priorities identified jointly by the Commission and the candidate countries in the analytical assessment (or ‘screening’) of the EU’s political and legislative acquis. Each year, the Commission reviews the progress made by candidates and evaluates the efforts required before their accession. This monitoring is the subject of annual reports presented to the Council and the European Parliament.
Commission Report [COM(2010) 660 final – SEC(2010) 1326 – Not published in the Official Journal].
The 2010 Report presents a satisfactory level of reform. However, effort must be maintained in order to develop broadcasting and electronic communications under the conditions of open competition and an independent public service.
EUROPEAN UNION ACQUIS (according to the Commission's words)
The acquis includes specific rules on electronic communications, on information society services, in particular electronic commerce and conditional access services, and on audio-visual services. In the field of electronic communications, the acquis aims to eliminate obstacles to the effective operation of the internal market in telecommunications services and networks, to promote competition and to safeguard consumer interests in the sector, including universal availability of modern services.
As regards audio-visual policy, the acquis requires the legislative alignment with the Television without Frontiers Directive, which creates the conditions for the free movement of television broadcasts within the EU. The acquis aims to the establishment of a transparent, predictable and effective regulatory framework for public and private broadcasting in line with European standards. The acquis also requires the capacity to participate in the community programmes Media Plus and Media Training.
EVALUATION (according to the Commission's words)
Croatia has made significant progress in the field of information society and media and has achieved a high level of alignment with the acquis. However, continued efforts are needed to strengthen the capacity of the two national regulators to apply the legal framework correctly.
Liberalisation of all segments of electronic communications markets needs to be sustained.
- Website of the Directorate General for Enlargement: Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports 2010