TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 13156
American International School
Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Signed at Zagreb June 27, 2001
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Education: American International School
Agreement signed at Zagreb June 27, 2001;
Entered into force November 14, 2002.
between the Government of the United States of America and the
Government of the Republic of Croatia
on the status of the American International School of Zagreb
The Government of the United States of America and the Government
of the Republic of Croatia (hereinafter "Contracting Parties")
Mutually recognizing the importance of an English language
international school to operate in Croatia, which should be open to all
students who wish to take part in an educational program under U.S.
Guided by the desire to regulate the status of the American
International School of Zagreb, Croatia, (hereinafter "School")
Have agreed as follows:
The Government of the Republic of Croatia hereby agrees that
the School has a legal personality under Croatian law. The operations of
the School shall be governed by Croatian legal regulations unless
otherwise provided by this Agreement.
The scope of authority for the management and working method, as
well as other issues relevant for the activity of the School shall be
defined in the deed of the School. The School shall provide education
for an elementary school and a high school consisting of 13 grades.
The School is an educational institution which shall foster
educational and cultural relations between the Croatian people and the
peoples of the countries represented in the School.
Subject to available spaces, the School shall admit students whose
English knowledge is sufficient to follow the course of instruction,
provided this does not prevent the admission of students whose mother
tongue is English.
The School will develop and administer its own educational
The School shall be entitled to participate in scholarship
programs in order to promote the admission of Croatian students.
The School shall be governed by the School Board. The School
Board shall be appointed as determined in the Deed and the Statutes of
Members of the faculty and the school staff shall be employed by
the School Board locally or brought in from abroad, as is required to
meet staffing requirements, and their salary and other benefits shall be
provided from the School budget.
The Government of the Republic of Croatia shall have no obligation
to provide supplies, teaching aids or equipment for the School.
For the purpose of Article 6 of this Agreement, members of the
staff shall mean the director and teachers of the School, and personnel
providing administrative and operational duties, provided they are non-
Croatian nationals and non-permanent residents of Croatia.
The Government of the Republic of Croatia:
A. Shall exempt the School from the payment of any and all taxes and
charges, excepting excise, provided they are in connection with the
fulfillment of the School's educational objective and execution of its
program, and the establishment and organization of the School.
B. Shall exempt the School from fees and taxes otherwise payable on
real property obtained or used by the School for educational purposes.
C. Shall exempt from the payment of personal income tax and social
security contributions of the staff of the School and family members
thereof residing in Croatia for the purpose of performance of work
related to the School.
D. Shall entitle members of the staff and family members thereof to
import and export goods free of customs, tax and fees, except for excise
tax. Goods so imported may be alienated or transferred for use to a
third person within three (3) years only after full payment of the
relevant customs duty and taxes that were not paid when they were
imported. Staff shall be required to pay costs of storage and
transportation, as well as any other public charges.
Articles free of customs, tax and fees shall be: Objects for the
personal use of members of the staff and family members thereof,
including one car for each employee, purchased abroad; which are brought
to Croatia within six (6) months from the date the staff member started
his/her employment certified by the School.
E. Shall provide a residence permit and a multiple exit/entrance visa
to members of the staff. The exit/entrance visa and the document
certifying the projected employment period shall be issued by the
competent authorities of the Republic of Croatia. The entrance visa
shall be issued promptly by the competent Embassy or Consular Office of
the Republic of Croatia.
F. Shall approve that salaries and other benefits of the staff be
paid by the School in U.S. dollars.
G. Shall exempt from the payment of import customs duties, taxes and
charges construction materials, furniture, vehicles, educational
materials, audiovisual devices and sports equipment to be used by the
H. In accordance with Croatian law, shall approve the School
obtaining real property in Croatia and carrying out construction
thereon, provided it is related to the establishment, organization,
educational purpose and activities of the School.
I. Shall exempt the School from the payment of VAT (Value Added Tax)
for goods and services in Croatia, and for the import of goods, and for
that purpose the competent authority in the Republic of Croatia - State
Protocol in co-ordination with the Ministry of Education and Sport shall
issue the School the appropriate certificate according to Article 73C of
the Regulation on Value Added Tax.
Customs exemption of the School and individuals entitled thereto
in subsection D and G of Article 6 shall be attested by the competent
authority in the Republic of Croatia - State Protocol in co-ordination
with the Ministry of Education and Sport.
The School shall collect a tuition fee set by the School Board.
The School Board may establish exemption from tuition or decrease the
rate of tuition for some students based on financial need. The School
Board shall be entitled to create scholarship programs. Tuition shall
be calculated in U.S. dollars, except for Croatian citizens and
foreigners having a permanent domicile in Croatia, who shall pay the
tuition in kuna at the prevailing rate of exchange.
This Agreement shall be provisionally applied from August 1, 2001,
and shall enter into force on the day of the receipt of the last
notification in writing, through diplomatic channels, by which the
Contracting Parties inform each other that all conditions specified in
their national legislation for its entry into force have been fulfilled.
Each Contracting Party may denounce this Agreement by notifying in
writing the other Contracting Party, through diplomatic channels,
effective six (6) months from the date of the notification thereof.
Done Zagreb, on 27 June 2001 in two originals, each in the
English and Croatian languag s, all texts being equally authentic.
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: REPUBLIC OF CROATIA: