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Charter&Code in Croatia


In 2005 European Commission adopted The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, as a Recommendation to the Member States. The "Charter & Code" addresses researchers, as well as employers and funders, in both public and private sectors.

In particular, the European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities, and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It ensures successful performance in the generation, transfer, and sharing of knowledge, and researcher's career development, based on the contribution of the relationship between these parties. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, make selection procedures fairer and more transparent, proposes different means of judging merit - it should not only be measured by the number of publications, but by a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management, and public awareness activities.

Croatia has made tremendous progress in the adoption of Charter&Code principles. So far, 38 Croatian research organisations have signed a Declaration of endorsement of Charter & Code and 16 research organisations have received an HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo, awarded to research institutions and funding organisations that have been acknowledged by the European Commission for achieving significant progress in implementing the Charter & Code.

For more information on Charter&Code please visit Jobs&Funding section.


Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code has provided guidance to facilitate the implementation of Charter&Code. This mechanism is put into action on a voluntary basis and it is focused on avoiding cumbersome procedures and respecting the variety of situations across institutions. Since the adoption of The Commission Recommendation on the Charter&Code in 2005, over 1 200 institutions from 40 countries in Europe and abroad have expressed their explicit support for the Charter&Code, and 232 have obtained the Commission's "HR Excellence in Research" (HRS4R) logo.

For research organisations, the HRS4R logo is a tool aimed at helping in enhancing the efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of the actions that organisations should undertake to provide an attractive and supportive environment to researchers. In addition, organisations taking part in the process will become part of a network of like-minded organisations from across Europe, providing opportunities for the exchange of experiences and sharing of good practice with other organisations also implementing the HRS4R.

On the other hand, there are at least 5 reasons for researchers to choose an employer or funder who has earned the right to use the HRS4R logo:

  • Your rights as a professional are recognized and enhanced
  • Your mobility experience is valued
  • Your work-life balance is respected
  • Your recruitment will follow a transparent process
  • You join a truly pan-European network consisting of research organisations and researchers


For more information on HRS4R please visit Jobs&Funding section.