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Croatia – Education and culture
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].
In its 2010 Report, the Commission regrets that Croatia has not made additional progress in the areas of education, training, youth and culture. However, the country has achieved an adequate level of alignment and future effort should essentially focus on preparing the country to participate in European Union programmes.
EUROPEAN UNION ACQUIS (according to the Commission's words)
Education, training and youth is primarily the competence of the Member States. The EC Treaty provides that the Community will contribute to the development of quality education and implement a vocational training policy that supports and supplements the action of Member States. The acquis consists of a directive on education of the children of migrant workers, and of action programmes and recommendations. Member States need to have the necessary implementing capacity in place to effectively participate in the Community programmes related to this chapter.
EVALUATION (according to the Commission's words)
Further progress has been made regarding the acquis in the area of education and culture. There is a good level of alignment.
Croatia needs to continue its efforts to prepare for the management of the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes.
- Website of the Directorate General for Enlargement: Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports 2010