Slovenia welcomes Croatia's completion of EU talks

Saturday, Jul 16,2011, 12:52:58 PM

The Slovene Foreign Ministry welcomed on Friday [1 July] the closure of the technical part of Croatia's EU accession negotiations as a "historic achievement" for Croatia, which carries importance for the entire Western Balkan region.

It is in Slovenia's interest for Croatia to become the 28th EU member, as the country is Slovenia's neighbour with which Slovenia has developed good cooperation in numerous areas. Cooperation is expected to further improve once Croatia joins the EU, the ministry said in a press release.

The closure of the talks on Thursday means that Croatia has successfully harmonised its legal order with that of the bloc and has promised to honour all the commitments made during the talks and especially in the period before full-fledged membership, the press release reads.

The exact date of Croatia's joining the EU has not been set yet. Prior to that the issue must be put to a referendum, while the Accession Treaty must also be ratified by the Croatian parliament, the European Parliament and the parliaments of all 27 EU members.

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