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Commission proposes to include Croatia in PHARE programme

In May 1992, the European Commission submitted a proposal to the Council to include Croatia in the PHARE programme. However, the Council agreed with the Parliament's opinion that the country could not sufficiently guarantee the respect of human rights.

Since then, the situati...
In May 1992, the European Commission submitted a proposal to the Council to include Croatia in the PHARE programme. However, the Council agreed with the Parliament's opinion that the country could not sufficiently guarantee the respect of human rights.

Since then, the situation has changed:

- Croatia accepted the principles of the EU's action plan, presented in November 1993, which included the plan to extend PHARE to Croatia;
- Croatia has actively participated in finding a solution to the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina; it signed the agreement on the Croat-Muslim Federation and accepted the peace plan presented by the Contact Group last July.

Croatia's constructive attitude has influenced the opinion of certain members of the Council and Parliament. During the Council meeting in Luxembourg on 4 October, it was decided that the Commission would inform the Parliament of its intention to extend PHARE to Croatia. For its part, the Parliament adopted a resolution on 21 July 1994 requesting the urgent examination of existing instruments and programmes, such as PHARE, in which the new government in Sarajevo, as well as Croatia, could participate.

On 24-25 October, the Commission sent a fact-finding mission to Zagreb in order to evaluate the political situation, in particular the respect of human and minority rights, and progress in economic reforms. The results of this mission were found to be encouraging and the Commission has decided that it is now time to send a positive political message to the Croatian authorities. The Commission has therefore proposed to extend PHARE to Croatia.

Inclusion in PHARE will bring a number of advantages to Croatia, notably as a result of PHARE's political impact and its support of the reform process. In particular, PHARE will provide support for the restructuring of the economy.
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