“The Challenges of European Policies Implementation in Croatia”, Višnja Samardžija (IRMO, Croatia)

This book edited by Višnja Samardžija is result of the three-year ERESMUS+ Jean Monnet Support to Institution project “POLO-Cro28 Policy Observatory in Croatia” implemented by Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO). It is a bilingual publication with parts written in both Croatian and English. The book unites updated versions of the reviewed policy papers which were available on the POLO-Cro28 web page by the IRMO researchers and external collaborators.

The chapters of this book analyse six selected EU policy areas based on the common methodological approach: European Semester, competitiveness, cohesion policy, youth employment, environmental protection and energy policy.  The starting point of each chapter was evaluation of the EU policy framework followed by a comparative analysis of experiences achieved in Croatia and other selected new Member States.

The goal of the comparative analysis was to find examples of best practice that could lead to improved policy implementation in Croatia. The authors prepared recommendations for Croatian policymakers based on the research findings. While marking the fifth anniversary of Croatia’s accession to the EU, the analysis of the implementation of EU policies in Croatia and other new Member States could contribute to an improved understanding of their significance for the efficient EU membership. It could also contribute towards increased citizens’ and stakeholders’ awareness on the need for continued implementation of reforms required for successful enforcement of the EU policies.

The publication is available here.