On 29 October 2001, the European Communities and their Member States concluded in Luxembourg an Association and Stabilisation Agreement (SAA) with Croatia.
An SAA represents the signatories’ commitment to complete over a transition period a formal association with the EU. The Stabilisation and Association Process is the main contribution of the EU, launched in 1999 at the end of the Kosovo conflict, to the political and economic rehabilitation of the countries of the Western Balkans, aimed, in due course, to their integration into the EU.
Pending the entry into force of the SAA (1st February 2005), the European Parliament decided, on 10 March 2004 and on 14 September 2004, to establish a delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), on the occasion of the inauguration of the 6th legislature. In fact, Art. 9 of the SAA states that: “Political dialogue at parliamentary level shall take place within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee…”
Croatia formally applied for membership to the European Union in February 2003. After a positive opinion from the Commission and following a unanimous decision taken at the Council on General Affairs in Luxembourg (3 October 2005), accession negotiations with Croatia were opened in October 2005.
The EU-Croatia JPC is composed of an equal number of Members of the EP and of the Croatian Parliament (Sabor). It meets twice a year, once in Croatia and once in one of the workplaces of the European Parliament. According to current practice, the representatives of the Government of Croatia, the EU Presidency in Office and the Commission are invited to address the JPC-meetings.
For further information on the EU-Croatia Delegation please visit the Website of the European Parliament.