Cablegate: Environment Could Be Sticking Point in Croatia's

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

141401Z Sep 04




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (SBU) Environmental protection issues seem certain to be
a major sticking point in Croatia's EU membership
negotiations. With the European Commission playing an
ever-smaller role in environmental policy priority setting,
the chaotic distribution of environmental responsibility
among Croatian ministries and agencies and disinterest on
the part of local governments could slow the negotiating

2. (SBU) Implementation remains the largest concern.
While Croatia might reasonably expect to receive long
transition periods for environmental approximation based on
the experience of the 10 newest members, the GoC will still
have to demonstrate that the appropriate legislation exists
and that it has a concrete plan for implementation. Based
on the starting point, the environmental chapter of the
acquis could be among the hardest to close. END SUMMARY

3. (SBU) Responsibility for environmental policy is diffuse
by EU standards; according to contacts in the EC delegation
to Croatia, the Ministry of Environment has competency for
just about 50% of EU environmental directives. The
Ministries of Health, Transportation, Agriculture, and
Economy also have authority over pieces of environmental
policy. This chaotic division of labor makes it extremely
difficult to judge to what degree Croatian law tracks with
the environmental acquis. Moreover, the GoC has not
completed any systematic review of existing Croatian
environmental legislation.

4. (SBU) As EC CARDS assistance to Croatia wraps up this
year, environmental assistance will reappear as pre-
accession aid once the Commission releases Croatia's pre-
accession strategy in October. CARDS funding for current
projects -- legislative approximation, drinking water
quality monitoring, and waste management -- will expire
this year. Though environmental priorities (air quality,
water quality, and industrial pollution control) are
unlikely to change after CARDS, Croatia will have more
responsibility in terms of priority setting and will have a
co-financing requirement on all projects. According to our
contact, the EC does not push its environmental priorities
but finds the GoC receptive to their suggestions.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Save The Children: Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence

At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the Children said today... More>>

UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>

UN: General Assembly Must Affirm Right To Healthy Environment

With the world embroiled in a multi-faceted environmental crisis, UN experts* today urged the United Nations General Assembly to recognise that living... More>>

UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>