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The non-governmental sector and the government: a dialogue for Europe

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Vidačak, Igor

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Corporate Editor Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kroatien
Abstract This paper discusses the opportunities for and obstacles in the way of a dialogue between the Croatian government and the non-governmental sector within the context of the European integration process. Although the development of civil society, the building of institutional and administrative capacities and the strengthening of cross-sectoral dialogue are fundamental preconditions for the implementation of the overall adjustment to the EU, there is no clear list of priorities and demands on the basis of which it might be possible to monitor the progress made in this area by candidate and potential applicant countries for membership. Because of the lack of any clearly defined acquis, several strategic documents of the European institutions and the existing literature about the advances made by applicant states will be used as a point of departure for the analysis. The main guidelines for and obstacles to reform in this area in Croatia will be picked out in the light of the European criteria of good governance and the relevant experience of applicant countries.
Keywords Croatia; EU; European integration; non-governmental organization; tertiary sector; joining the European Union; government; political influence; political communication; international agreement
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics
Method applied research; descriptive study
Free Keywords civil dialogue; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); third sector; government; Croatia; SAA
Collection Title Croatian accession to the European Union. Vol. 1, Economic and legal challenges
Editor Ott, Katarina
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
City Zagreb
Page/Pages p. 249-271
ISBN 953-6047-30-6
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works