Council decision of 20 February 2006 on the principles, priorities and conditions contained in the Accession Partnership with Croatia and repealing Decision 2004/648/EC
Official Journal of the European Union, L 55 of 25.2.2006, p. 30-43

The Thessaloniki European Council of 19 and 20 June 2003 endorsed the introduction of the Partnerships as a means of materialising the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

Regulation (EC) No 533/2004 provides that the Council is to decide on the principles, priorities and conditions to be contained in the Partnerships, as well as any subsequent adjustments.

The Council adopted on 13 September 2004 a European Partnership with Croatia. 

On 3 October 2005, the Member States started negotiations with Croatia on its accession to the European Union. The advancement of the negotiations will be guided by Croatias progress in preparing for accession, which will be measured, inter alia, against the implementation of the Partnership, as regularly revised.

It is therefore appropriate to adopt an Accession Partnership which updates the current Partnership in order to identify renewed priorities for further work, on the basis of the findings of 2005 Progress Report on Croatias preparations

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