Successful close of the project financed by the European Commission and managed by FIIAPP on enforcement of the law in Croatia. For nearly two years, Spanish and Hungarian experts have worked to improve law enforcement in Croatia.
The closing event for the project “Improvement of the Enforcement System in the Republic of Croatia” was held in Zagreb (Croatia). For nearly two years, experts from the Spanish Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, have been working on the project funded by the European Commission with over €1.3 million to improve law enforcement in the Mediterranean country and adapt its laws to those of the European Union.
Over the course of the project, FIIAPP organised seminars, round tables, working groups, and conferences that included the participation of Spanish attorneys from the justice administration, Hungarian notaries, and communication technology experts in the justice area. The Croatian participants were from the Municipal and Regional Courts, the Association of Notaries, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance, and the Bar Association, among others.
With the aim of promoting the participation of all the stakeholders, and of the public in general, various round tables were organised on a wide range of subjects. For example, there were four round tables in Zagreb, Varaždin, Zadar and Split to discuss ways of improving the system for supervising enforcement of court judgements. In addition, round tables were held to discuss ways of strengthening cooperation between the stakeholders, as well as solutions for improving communication and information exchange between institutions.
Objectives met by Croatian laws
The institutional diversity of the participants from the beneficiary country, Croatia, was a challenge for the project because it made coordination and participation by all complicated, but it also yielded very positive results.
In addition, the project facilitated creation of a series of practical guidelines for judicial agents and a protocol for information flows, and approval of a Communication Plan containing an overall strategy for increasing public awareness. Lastly, a website was designed for law enforcement which will provide clear and concise information about the enforcement system. The website will also be easy to use and provide up-to-date content.