Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction
The main beneficiary institution of RENA in Croatia is the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, together with the Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management and the Ministry of Culture - Directorate of Nature Protection.
Croatia has been a Candidate Country for EU membership since June 2004. It signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU on 29 October 2001. This agreement entered into force on 1 February 2005. On 3 October 2005 the Council decided to open accession negotiations with Croatia. On 12 February 2008 the Council adopted the new Accession Partnership for the country. There are 25 provisionally closed chapters and negotiations have been opened all of the remaining 13 chapters of the accession negotiation. Significant progress has been recorded in environmental approximation, especially in the sectors of horizontal legislation, climate change, waste, noise, industrial pollution and risk management.