Croatia applied to become a European Union member state in 2003 and is preparing to become the 28th member in July 2013. It is currently implementing the Instrument of Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) funds and from July 2013 will benefit from Structural and Cohesion Funds.
The Social and Cohesion Policy Unit at LSE Enterprise worked with CASE, EUROPE Ltd and Euroconsultants Croatia Ltd on the project 'Ex-ante evaluation of programming documents and strengthening evaluation capacity for EU funds post-accession'. The project aimed to help a smooth transition from the IPA to Structural and Cohesion Funds, improving policy, instrument choice, programme design and delivery, efficiency and accountability. See the terms of reference.
Find out more about the training sessions created as part of this project.
Simona says: 'Evaluation and capacity building is something that cannot be imposed from above, it must be welcomed from the administration. The Croatian government has proven to be very open and cooperative to both evaluation and capacity building training. At the end of the 15 months an evaluation culture had been built and has definitely spread across the administration'. Read more on the European Politics and Policy blog
The project ended with an event in Zagreb in April 2013. See the materials below.