LPJ Interview: Aleksandra Car, EU Information Specialist, European Documentation Centre
1. What is the main challenge facing Croatia in respect to working with EU legislation?
As of July 1st 2013, when Croatia joined the EU as its 28th Member state, legislation of the European Union became an integral part of the Croatian legal landscape. Thus, all those operating in Croatia should be aware not only of national legislation published in the Croatian official gazette (i.e. NN), but also of EU legislation as published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ). For instance, EU Regulations, as published in the OJ, are directly applicable in all EU Member States; they need not be published in the Croatian official gazette. On the other hand, EU Directives have to be transposed into the national legislation of Member States. Therefore, in this case, it is important to monitor national legal sources in order to find national implementing measures.
2. How can the European Documentation Centre help?
The European Documentation Centre (EDC), hosted by the Library of the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, provides assistance in accessing EU legislative and policy-making information. All those wishing to be kept updated with new legislative and other initiatives in the EU are advised to pay attention to our electronic bulletin EUROPA Info, which regularly publishes overviews of newly proposed or recently adopted EU legislation in all subject areas, as well as of selected case law of the European Court of Justice. Furthermore, we provide direct access to original legal texts or to information on the development of a specific legislative proposal. Also, in cooperation with NN we regularly organise training sessions for all those wishing to learn how to quickly and effectively use EU legal information sources…