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Croatia – Energy
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 underlines that satisfactory progress has been made by Croatia. The level of alignment with the acquis was already high. However, effort is still required in the gas and electricity markets.
EUROPEAN UNION ACQUIS (according to the Commission’s words)
European energy policy objectives focus on improving competitiveness, security of energy supplies and the protection of the environment. The energy acquis consists of rules and policies, notably covering competition and state aid (including in the coal sector), the internal energy market (for example, opening up of the electricity and gas markets, promotion of renewable energy sources, crisis management and oil stock security obligations), energy efficiency and nuclear energy.
EVALUATION (according to the Commission’s words)
Further progress has been achieved in the energy chapter, where the level of alignment is high.
However, significant efforts are needed to increase the performance of the administration and independence of the energy sector regulatory authorities.
- Website of the Directorate General for Enlargement: Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports 2010