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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

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The agreement on cultural, scientific and technical cooperation for the period 2007-2009 and today’s strategic partnership project provide a framework for our bilateral cooperation. This latter is focused on supporting the accession process, by giving priority to the sectors of the legal system and rule of law, agriculture and administrative reform.

Two bilateral agreements, one on cooperation in the area of internal security and the other on assistance and cooperation in the area of civil security, were signed in Paris on 10 October 2007.

The promotion of cultural diversity and teaching French are another key area of our cooperation. An international French-speaking school, affiliated with the Mission Laïque and associated with UNESCO, opened in Split in September 2008. Together with the German school, the French school in Zagreb is implementing a joint “Eurocampus” project, for which a recognition agreement was signed with the Croatian minister of education in May 2007.

University cooperation in the area of research focuses on the sectors of law/European affairs, life sciences/biotechnology, public health and human sciences. France is Croatia’s fifth-leading European scientific partner.

Interested in French as a world language (francophonie), Croatia joined the OIF as an observer member (Summit in Ouagadougou on 26 November 2004). In the context of the action plan for French in the EU, Croatia signed a memorandum on training Croatian civil servants in French on 20 March 2006 with the OIF, France, the French Community of Belgium and Luxembourg.

Our military and defence cooperation (the tenth Joint Committee was held in November 2006) gives special priority to advising and assistance, as well as teaching French in Croatia’s military environment.

Decentralized cooperation is developing around themes adapted to the pre-European context (heritage, management of public services, European funding). Major partnerships are in the process of being finalized or discussed (Marseilles/Split, Bourges/Sibenik Le Havre/Rijeka, Auxerre/Varaždin, Villefranche de Rouergue/Pula).

Updated on 10.02.10

Archaeology

Drawing on the expertise of the Commission consultative des recherches archéologiques à l’étranger (Consultative Commission on Archaeological Research Abroad), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGCID) is subsidizing nearly 160 archaeological missions (from palaeontology to the medieval period) in 65 countries. Among others:

-  Loron: A major production centre of Roman amphorae (1st-4th century AD)
-  Velika Gospa: A monastery complex from the High Middle Ages

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