Development of the CROQF

Eventhough the idea was born earlier, it could be said that the development of the Croatian Qualifications Framework began in 2006, when the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports formed a respective committee presided over by the minister. Following consultations with numerous stakeholders, the ministry referred for adoption a document entitled Baseline of the Croatian Qualifications Framework to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, which contained a plan of action for the development and implementation of the CROQF. In June 2007, the Croatian Government adopted the document which was followed by the establishment of the Committee for the development of the Croatian Qualifications Framework.

Further steps in the development of the CROQF include the establishment of the Operational Team and the Expert Team in support of the Committee for the development of the CROQF. The processes of referencing and self-certification of the CROQF to the European Qualifications Framework and against the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area began. In line with the European Commission's recommendations, international and national experts participated in the making of the Referencing Report which was presented in Split in October, 2011.

In April, 2012, the government founded the Committee for the development of Croatian Qualifications Draft Act and other legal provisions which define the further development and implementation of the Croatian Qualifications Framework. Numerous promotional workshops were organized with the view of including as larger number of stakeholders as possible since they are crucial for the proper implementation of the CROQF. In this way, during June and July, 2012, a series of Round tables on the Croatian Qualifications Framework Draft Act were organized. Having in mind the social importance of the CROQF, the round tables were organized with the purpose of improving the partnerships, through consultative cooperation, with the key stakeholders: representatives of unions, academic community, educational institutions and employers. Following a public debate, the CROQF Act was adopted in February 2013.

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