IPA 2009. Twinning Project

This project is funded by the EUROPEAN UNION

IPA Programme is a unified pre-accession fund for the period 2007-2013. It was established by the Council Regulation No. 1085/2006. Its budget amounts to 11.468 billion €. It replaces CARDS and pre-accession funds (PHARE, ISPA, SAPARD). Its objective is to assist candidate countries and potential candidate countries in their progressive alignment with the acquis communautaire, with a view to membership. It consists of five components:
           (1) Transition Assistance and Institution Building        (IPA TAIB),
           (2) Cross-Border Cooperation (IPA CBC),
           (3) Regional Development,
           (4) Human Resources Development (IPA HRD) and
           (5) Rural Development (IPARD).
Croatia is eligible for the programme from 2007 until its accession to the EU.
The European Union is made up of 27 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms.

The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

Twinning Project
“Strengthening the administrative capacity of competent authorities and implementation agencies for coordination of social security schemes”

To strengthen the administrative capacity of Croatian competent authorities and implementation agencies to implement acquis, in the field of free movement of workers and co-ordination of social security schemes
Project Purpose
To increase the institutional and administrative capacity of the competent authorities and implementation agencies (liaison bodies) to effectively coordinate social security schemes upon EU accession.
Twinning Partners and beneficiary institutions
•          Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (MELE), Croatia
•          Social Insurance Agency, Sweden
•          Unemployment Insurance Board, Sweden
•          Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
•          Ministry of Family, Veteran’s Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity
•          Croatian Institute for Health Insurance
•          Croatian Pension Insurance Institute
•          Croatian Employment Service
•          Central Registry of Affiliates           

Project data

Project duration
The project duration is from 27 November 2011 until 27 January 2013.
Project funding
The project is funded by the European Union within IPA 2009 programme with an amount of 1.000.000 €.
The activities are divided in four components:
1. Project visibility. The objective is to organize an opening and closing event. In addition, website for the project will be established.
2. Strengthening of institutional and administrative capacity of competent authorities and implementation agencies. The objective is to improve the administrative procedures and institutional co-operation for all institutions involved in social security co-ordination with focus both on the national and the international perspective.
3.  Analysis of impact of free movement of persons on Croatian social security administration system. The main objective is to carry out an analytical and financial study of the implications for Croatia when applying the EU Regulations.
4. Raising of public awareness on right of free movement of workers. The objective is to develop an awareness raising strategy for the general public on social security rights when moving within the European Union. A communication strategy for the dissemination of information material for migrant persons will be developed.  


Main results of the project
1.         Overall co-operation and functioning of all institutions in charge of co-ordination of social security issues improved.
2.         Capacity of the relevant institutions directly applying the co-ordination rules on social security schemes enhanced, their expertise in this field upgraded and transfer of knowledge ensured through the training of future trainers.
3.         Administrative procedures on implementation and direct application of the co-ordination rules harmonized with the EU co-ordination regulations.
4.         Comprehensive analytical and financial study of the impact of free movement of workers between Croatia and EU Member States on the Croatian social security administration system prepared.
5.         Awareness raising strategy and communication system established and functioning.
6.         Information related to free movement of workers disseminated to the general public.