EU official commends Croatia ahead of admission

ZAGREB -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule voiced his confidence that Croatia will successfully complete the ratification process related to its EU membership.

(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

Speaking in Zagreb on Monday, Fule was also confident that Croatia will create positive atmosphere for EU aspirations of its neighbors.

After a meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipović, he said that the talks focused on two things: ensuring that Croatia continues its successful story after July 1, 2013, and Croatia's specific role in the region as a future EU member state.

"I am sure about Croatia's resolve to settle the remaining issues from the monitoring report by the European Commission, and I am confident that the ratification process in the EU member states will be completed so July 1, 2013 will be a happy event," Fule said.

Josipović said that the topics discussed with Fule were joint interests and situation in the region, together with the tasks that Croatia would have to fulfill before joining the EU.

The EU commissioner underlined in Zagreb today that Croatia is almost in line with the European legal legacy, and its EU accession is important for the entire region as a proof that reforms pay off.

Croatia has a few more tasks before the accession, but we are certain that it will fulfill them on time, Fule said at the opening of the 4th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum, which discussed the region and the EU association process.

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusić, who also opened the Forum and took part in its work, told reporters that Croatia has defined ten points, three of which have already been met.