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Croatia set for EU membership following signing of Treaty of Accession

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Croatia set for EU membership following signing of Treaty of Accession

Croatia set for EU membership following signing of Treaty of Accession

Pictured: Jadranka Kosor, prime minister of Croatia

Croatia is set to become the 28th member of the European Union after the signing of the Treaty of Accession as a special ceremony in Brussels today.

The signing of the Treaty paves the way for the ratification procedures that will allow Croatia to become a member on 1 July 2013.

The country’s accession will complete the sixth wave of enlargement in the European Union’s history.  The process to bring Croatia into the EU began in June 2004.

According to the European Council, “considerable efforts have been made by Croatia to bring its laws, regulatory frameworks and administrative practices into line with the acquis of the Union”. 

At today's signing ceremony, speeches were delivered by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council; Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister; Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament; Jos Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; Ivo Josipovic, president of Croatia; and Jadranka Kosor, Croatia’s prime minister.

The Treaty was signed by the heads of state or government of the 27 member states and by Josipovic and Kosor.

As of today, Croatia will participate as an active observer in the work of the Council and its preparatory bodies.

Categories: European Union