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The European Union (EU) gender-equality acquis has been transposed into Croatian laws as part of the accession process to the EU. In anticipation of its becoming an EU member, the Republic of Croatia invested significant efforts in the promotion of gender equality through national policies aimed at improving the position of women, such as the creation of a Gender-Equality Commission as a government advisory body (1996–2004). The commission produced the first National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality by taking the Beijing Platform for Action as a starting point. In 2000, following an amendment to the constitution of the Republic of Croatia, gender equality was included among the highest values of the Croatian constitution. In 2001, the Committee for Gender Equality in the Croatian Parliament was established with the aim of mainstreaming gender equality in legislation, regulations and policies. A strong commitment to gender mainstreaming was contained in the government strategic document The Main Tasks of Bodies of State Administration in the Process of Accession to the EU, 2004–2007, which listed several activities to implement gender mainstreaming. In 2008, the most important law to promote gender equality in Croatia was adopted. Article 3 of the Gender Equality Act refers to gender mainstreaming, and stipulates that public bodies should – at all stages of the planning, adoption and implementation of legal acts, decisions and actions – assess their gender impact with a view to achieving genuine equality between women and men. Today, both the National Policy for Gender Equality 2011–2015 and the Gender Equality Act ensure the introduction of the equality principle in all aspects of national policy.