Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
Croatia eyes EU membership by 2011
+ -
10:35, March 14, 2009

Click the "PLAY" button and listen. Do you like the online audio service here?
Good, I like it
Just so so
I don't like it
No interest
 Related News
 World Bank official: Croatia behaves relatively well in economic crisis
 Croatia calls for joint investigation of WWII-era mass grave
 Croatia conditionally accepts EU mediation in border dispute with Slovenia
 Southeast European defense ministers to meet in Croatia
 Turkish, Croatian PMs meet to boost ties
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
Croatia would continue bringing its legislation into line with the European Union in order to enter the pan-Europe bloc by 2011, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic said in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Friday.

Speaking after meeting his Hungarian counterpart Kinga Goencz, Jandrokovic said that Slovenia should not block Croatia's accession process due to the two countries' border dispute, the Croatian news agency HINA reported.

Jandrokovic said that the bilateral border issue should be separated from Croatia's accession process.

"There is full agreement on the matter by all sides, except Slovenia, unfortunately," he said.

Slovenia, which joined the EU in 2004, has not been able to finalize its land and sea borders with Croatia, its fellow former Yugoslav republic, since both declared independence in 1991.

The European Union proposed to provide mediation after Croatia's EU accession talks were brought to a standstill in December due to Slovenia's reservations on some chapters in which Croatia submitted documents that Slovenia deems prejudge the course of the disputed border.

Both Slovenia and Croatia have accepted the EU mediation but Croatia insisted that the mediation leads to an agreement on transferring the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)in The Hague.

Slovenia has opposed taking the border issue to the ICJ unless the court uses the equity principle (ex equo et bono) in coming to a decision. This means the court can include any kind of circumstances, even if the valid international law does not (like historical facts), in order to reach a fairer verdict.

Goencz said that for Croatia it is important to maintain the pace of integration defined by the road map and she hope that "Croatia will enter the EU in the first half of 2011, when Hungary presides over the Union."

She said that it was therefore necessary to separate a bilateral dispute from an EU candidate's accession negotiations and that she hoped that this would happen soon.

Goencz, who arrived in Zagreb for an official visit, also held separate meetings with Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, Parliament Speaker Luka Bebic and Prime Minister Ivo Sanader earlier on Friday.

Mesic, Sanader and Bebic thanked Goencz for Hungary's support to Croatia's European Union and NATO membership aspirations.

Source: Xinhua

  Your Message:   Most Commented:
British boy becomes father at 13
Looted Chinese relics sold for 14 million euros each
Full Text of Human Rights Record of United States in 2008
China hits back with report on U.S. human rights record
Spanish Tibetologist: "What I see and hear in Tibet differs from Dalai Lama's propaganda"

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved