The European Commission signed an agreement with Croatia, on 15 December, to help train the country’s judiciary ahead of Zagreb’s accession to the EU, in July 2013. Under the two signed protocols, Croatia will be able to participate in EU financing programmes in the fields of civil justice and criminal justice. These programmes help to support judicial training projects in EU law at European, national and regional level. The agreement will also permit the Croatian Judicial Academy to fully participate in the European Judicial Training Network – which coordinates European activities of national training structures for judges and prosecutors in Europe. The EU co-funds European judicial training activities at national and Community level. It is part of the its goal of training 700,000 legal practitioners in European law by 2020.