The Directorate General of the European Countries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was affixed on the Ministerial Decree n. 060/297 on the granting of a contribution as provided by law n.212/92 for the construction of a training course for 20 officials of the Republic of Croatia. The Ministry of European Integration of the Republic of Croatia and the Department of Education partnered during the 8 months of training. The training course was subdivided into a General Section and a Specialized Section for a total of 140 hours of training. The General Section was held in Zagreb during the month of June, 2004 and deepened the knowledege of the institutional and legal environment, the EU’s strategy for the countries of South-Eastern Europe and the future of the European Constitution. The Specialized Section was held in Rome during the month of July, 2004 and enhanced understanding of aspects in the management of the EU’s complex financial instruments which facilitate the necessary adjustment of administrative structures for accession to the European Union’s external relations, policies that aim to strengthen the democratization process, competitiveness, economic and social cohesion and cooperation among countries.