Charter and code
The University of Rijeka is the first university in Croatia to have signed "The European Charter for Researchers" and "The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers", thereby accepting the initiative of the European Commission which in 2005 adopted these documents with the aim of increasing employability and promoting research career as vital elements in the strategy of greater economy growth, employment, and setting up a European research area.
In addition, we were the first to sign the Charter for participation in the “Group for Human Resources Strategy Implementation” of the European Commission. By signing the above-mentioned charters we have committed ourselves to implementing these documents at the University of Rijeka, which is a strategic goal set in the University of Rijeka Strategy for 2007 – 2013: “
A research-based university maintains systematic care about all stages of research careers: from the early stage researchers, through independent researches to the experienced researcher. The University of Rijeka will incorporate all the principles of The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers into its regulations and practice as well as in its organizational and financial instruments.” (p. 51). 

The University of Rijeka is taking part in the pilot project of Charter and Code implementation with the aim of surveying current state of affairs, carrying out internal analysis and designing an activity report. The “Strategy of Human Resources in Research” project was adopted at the meeting of the Senate in October 2009, while the survey report, internal analysis and activity report were adopted at the meeting in June 2010.

Results from on-line survey of Charter and Code implementation
The aim of the survey was to look at the current state of affairs in Code and Charter implementation at the University of Rijeka based on a four-dimensional questionnaire:
a) the openness and objectivity of tenders and the transferability of subventions,
b) healthcare and retirement plan and additional income for researchers in mobility programs,
c) desirable employment and work environment, and
d) improving European researchers’ training, skills and experience.
Internal analysis
The internal analysis was carried out on the basis of survey results and consulting with relevant figures at the University of Rijeka, and it contains data on forty Charter and Code principles, with the focus on policies that enable implementation, institutional regulations and practice, the list of steps that need to be taken, the matrix of responsibility and implementation deadlines.

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