Croatia joining EU on July 2013

Posted on January 31, 2012

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Croatia will enter the European Union in 2013 even if it doesn’t fulfill the remaining obligations by then, primarily the one about the sale of shipyards, Paul Vandoren said.

Croatia will enter the European Union in 2013 even if it doesn’t fulfill the remaining obligations by then, primarily the one about the sale of shipyards, head of EU’s delegation in Croatia Paul Vandoren said in an interview for Reuters. He also said that the EU would be carefully watching how the official Zagreb is reforming the judiciary, combating corruption, and restructuring shipbuilding and steel industries, but until Croatia’s EU accession there are no penal mechanisms for not fulfilling the obligations. July 1, 2013 was entered in the accession treaty unconditionally, Vandoren underlined. Until the accession, the EU can only send warning letters to the Croatian authorities, but Vandoren hopes there will be no need for that. After the accession, member states will be able to activate many protective mechanisms if Croatia will be violating the principles of EU’s internal market.

Source: Presscut.hr

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