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Croatia: Last Monitoring Report Concludes Country will be Ready to Join the EU

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The European Commission adopted its last Monitoring Report on Croatia’s preparations for joining the EU. The Commission assesses that Croatia has completed the ten priority actions identified in the previous report in October, and has shown the will and ability to fulfill all outstanding commitments in good time before accession. The Commission concludes that Croatia will be ready to join the European Union on 1 July 2013.

“This report is positive news. Croatia has worked hard and kept the pace of reforms. It made great strides not only since the end of the accession negotiations, but also since the previous Monitoring report. The results it has achieved are directly benefiting its citizens. The country is now ready to take its place in the EU as planned and we are all looking forward to completion of the ratification of the Accession Treaty and welcoming Croatia in the EU on the 1 July”, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle said upon presenting the report to the Croatian government in Zagreb.

„Croatia’s is a success for enlargement. It is a proof of the credibility of the enlargement policy: when candidate country delivers on the criteria and commitments, the EU delivers on the membership perspective. This is also a good example for the rest of the region as it moves closer to the EU,“ he added.

Monitoring Report on Croatia available here: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/fule/docs/news/20130326_report_final.pdf