July 1, 2010

Chapter 5 Public Procurement provisionally closed

The negotiations on Chapter 5 were opened on 19 December 2008 at the Accession Conference at Ministerial level. At this meeting of the Conference the EU noted that, in order for the chapter to be provisionally closed, Croatia would have, inter alia, to adapt its national legislative framework covering all areas of public procurement, including concessions and public private partnerships in conformity with the EC Treaty and EU procurement legislation and other relevant provisions of the acquis, to demonstrate that the national institutions responsible for policy making, enforcement and implementation, and among them the Agency for public private partnership can properly fulfil their tasks and to demonstrate through the presentation of a convincing track record, that it has taken appropriate measures to ensure the proper enforcement and national legislation at all levels in good time before accession.
On the basis of the information provided by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the considerable progress made with preparations in the areas under Chapter 5, the EU noted that, at this stage Chapter 5 may be provisionally closed as Croatia met all closing benchmarks.