Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

30 years of Americana through Jean-Pierre Laffont's lens

Read more

FOCUS

A little bit of Africa in Paris

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55-year-old tourist

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU budget deficits: Time to be more flexible?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Sir Graham Watson, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Read more

#TECH 24

Anonymous ‘declare cyber war’ on IS militants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Cambodian garment workers demand minimum wage

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'France in the crosshairs'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Climate change: The heat is on

Read more

Europe

EU leaders endorse Croatia as bloc's newest member

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-24

EU leaders meeting in Brussels Friday endorsed Croatia's membership to the bloc. The draft conclusion of the summit said that membership could be concluded in June, with the accession treaty signed by December.

AFP - European Union leaders gave Croatia the green light on Friday to join the bloc as they endorsed the closure of negotiations with Zagreb, a diplomat said.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels adopted a declaration commending Croatia for its "intensive efforts, which have allowed accession negotiations to reach their final stage."

They called for "all necessary decisions for the conclusion of the accession negotiations with Croatia by the end of June 2011" -- a de facto authorisation for Zagreb to become the EU's 28th member.

If the process goes without a hitch, Croatia will join the EU on July 1, 2013, as proposed by the European Commission.

At the request of France and other nations, a monitoring system will be put in place to ensure that Croatia follows through on reforms in the judicial system between the end of negotiations and its accession.

 

Date created : 2011-06-24

  • EU

    Croatia wins approval for EU membership in mid-2013

    Read more

COMMENT(S)