The official beginning of the IPA twinning project

Expected results:

• Further harmonization of the Croatian legislation on road safety and digital tachographs with relevant EU Directives and elaboration of recommendations for enforcement.

• Provision of recommendations for necessary adjustments within the institutional framework and elaboration of procedures.

•   Implementation of adjustments in the system for gathering data from on-road inspections in order to achieve full compatibility with the EUROCARIS network.

• Strengthening of the capacities of the Institutions in charge of traffic control and other relevant stakeholders in order to assure adequate implementation of the transposed directives.

• Design of an awareness raising strategy on road safety for relevant institutions as well as preparing of a training programme and the implementation throughout the country.

The project is of great importance for Croatia in the framework of the EU accession process. The negotiation on Chapter 14 – Transport Policy was opened on 21 April 2008 at an Accession Conference. At this meeting of the Conference the EU noted that, in order for the chapter to be provisionally closed,Croatia would, inter alia, have to adopt legislative amendments aimed at transposing and implementing the acquis on social conditions in road transport. In light of the positions of the Parties and the considerable progress made with preparations in all areas under negotiation in the respective chapter,Croatia was able to provisionally close the Chapter 14 on 05 November 2010 at the twelfth meeting of the Accession Conference. Through this twinning project, the EU wants to assist the Croatian administration in preparing and implementing of necessary measures while fulfilling its legal obligations upon entering the EU and to ensure the provision of safety, efficient and ecological transport services.

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