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This project is funded by the EUROPEAN UNION The European Unions IPA Programme for Croatia

Office of the Project Implementation Team Trg sv. Marka 2, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia Phone: + 385 (0)1 4569 218; 6303 224 Fax: + 385 (0)1 4569 339 Email: Web: Central Finance and Contracting Agency Ulica grada Vukovara 284 (block C), HR-10000 Zagreb Phone: + 385 (0)1 4591 245 Fax: + 385 (0)1 4591 133 Email: Web: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia Trg rtava faizma 6, HR-10000 Zagreb Phone: + 385 (0)1 4896 500 Fax: + 385 (0)1 4896 555 Email: Web:

The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) provides assistance within the framework of the European Partnership of the potential candidate countries and the Accession partnership of the candidate countries. It replaces CARDS and pre-accession funds (PHARE, ISPA, SAPARD). IPA is created as a flexible instrument made up of 5 components, with its main objective to assist candidate countries and potential candidate countries in their progressive alignment with the acquis, with a view to membership. The European Union is made up of 27 member states who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. The European Commission is the EUs executive body.

IPA PROGRAMME 2007 Twinning project

Development of Regulatory Impact Assessment system in the Republic of Croatia

This programme is implemented by Government Legislation Office in cooperation with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) and the Estonian Ministry of Justice.

A project implemented by
Government Legislation Office Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) Estonian Ministry of Justice

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of NI-CO, Estonian Ministry of Justice and Croatian Government Legislation Office and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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Development of Regulatory Impact Assessment system in the Republic of Croatia Basic Information Twinning projects are aimed at helping candidate countries in the development of modern and efficient administrations, with the structures, human resources and management skills required in order to implement the acquis. The main feature of a twinning project is that it sets out to deliver specific and guaranteed results and to foster general co-operation. Government Legislation Office is an expert service of the Government of the Republic of Croatia which provides expert opinions on the conformity of laws and other legal acts within the competence of the Croatian Government with the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian legal system but also performs tasks in the field of development of the Regulatory Impact Assessment system and coordinates the process in cooperation with the competent ministries. Regulatory Impact Assessment is a set of logical steps for the preparation of the draft legal proposals in the legislative procedure. It is an evidence based decision making process for finding the best available policy solution. The mission of this twinning project is to assist the Croatian public administration in becoming an efficient, modern service, capable of conducting impact assessment within the Croatian legislative framework.

The objectives To improve the implementation of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) methodology into the national policy making process, through the capacity building of the Government Legislation Office (GLO) and regulatory institutions in the public administration and to ensure awareness of the stakeholders and wider public about the implementation of a RIA coordination system. This will be accomplished through: 1. Further development of the impact assessment legal framework, 2. Development of administrative capacity in regulatory impact assessment and 3. Development and implementation a public relations campaign for regulatory impact assessment public awareness raising.

The expected project results Through the implementation of this project, the Government Legislation Office will develop and implement the legal framework for impact assessment, strengthen the administrative capacity for regulatory impact assessment and raise public awareness of importance of establishing a RIA system. This will be achieved through the following range of results: The RIA Law, the Strategy for introducing a RIA system with an action plan and Guidelines on impact assessment methodology developed, Establishment of a comprehensive education programme for civil servants and interested stakeholders, Detailed education of civil servants in using RIA methodological tools through undertaking four pilot RIAs, Two study visits undertaken to EU RIA Agencies, A Communication Strategy for raising public awareness of impact assessment and its ongoing implementation.

Target groups This project is of particular interest to those involved in the coordination of the Regulatory Impact Assessment system, particularly for: Government Legislation Office, State Administration Bodies, primarily the ministries, Business Community and the NGOs.

Key stakeholders Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship; Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction; Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; Croatian Chamber of Commerce; Croatian Employers Association; Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts. Other key regulatory ministries

Project duration The project started in January 2011 and will last 18 months. The total value of the project amounts to 1.100.000 EUR. This twinning project is being implemented with the assistance of Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) and the Estonian Ministry of Justice (Member State Twinning Partner).