Croa­tia could join Euro­pean Union in sum­mer 2013

Kathimerini English - - Business & Finance -

BRUS­SELS (Reuters) – Croa­tia moved a big step closer to join­ing the Euro­pean Union yes­ter­day af­ter the EU ex­ec­u­tive rec­om­mended that its ac­ces­sion talks be com­pleted and an en­try date set for July 1, 2013. Some EU states have said they would agree to wrap up ne­go­ti­a­tions if the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion judged the Adri­atic Sea state has met its tar­gets, but Croa­tia still has to con­vince all 27 EU gov­ern­ments it is ready to join the bloc, and par­tic­u­larly that its ef­forts to com­bat corruption have gone far enough. “The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has just pro­posed... to close the last four chap­ters in the ac­ces­sion ne­go­ti­a­tions with Croa­tia,” Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jose Manuel Bar­roso said in a state­ment. “This paves the way for Croa­tia to join the EU as the 28th mem­ber state as of July 1, 2013.” Since launch­ing EU ac­ces­sion talks in 2005, the coun­try of 4.4 mil­lion peo­ple has had to make fun­da­men­tal eco­nomic and demo­cratic re­forms, over­haul­ing its com­mu­nist-era ad­min­is­tra­tion and laws to qual­ify for mem­ber­ship. no-con­fi­dence mo­tion in par­lia­ment yes­ter­day against the right-wing gov­ern­ment’s “failed an­ti­cri­sis poli­cies.” This is the op­po­si­tion’s sec­ond at­tempt to cen­sure the mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Boyko Borisov since it took of­fice in July 2009. The 68 lawmakers who tabled the mo­tion at­tacked the gov­ern­ment for “fail­ing to put on the ground any of its draft anti-cri­sis mea­sures... deep­en­ing the neg­a­tive ef­fects of the eco­nomic cri­sis.” “This led to crash­ing out­put, slump­ing con­sump­tion, fall­ing bud­get rev­enues, grow­ing poverty, lag­ging eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, in­creas­ing un­em­ploy­ment, un­cer­tainty and un­pre­dictabil­ity,” the mo­tion read. Borisov’s cabi­net, backed by 117 lawmakers in the 240-seat leg­is­la­ture, had also called and won a con­fi­dence vote in Jan­uary, with back­ing from the far-right Ataka party. But the ul­tra­na­tion­al­ists, al­ready gear­ing up for lo­cal and pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in Oc­to­ber, have since threat­ened to with­draw their sup­port from Borisov. Still, the mo­tion, which is to be de­bated next Thurs­day and put to the vote on Fri­day, has lit­tle chance of suc­cess as the gov­ern­ment can eas­ily gather the nec­es­sary four votes to throw it out from in­de­pen­dent deputies in par­lia­ment. at a con­fer­ence in Frank­furt yes­ter­day. “To many it seems why not have a nice or­derly hair­cut. That would be a very dan­ger­ous path.” Con­stan­cio also said that “it may be that in the end, pro­grams fail. That’s not the sit­u­a­tion we have now. We have rene­go­ti­a­tions with Greece.” Mar­kets are “not al­ways, al­ways right,” he said. (Bloomberg) the Ni­cosia-based cen­tral bank said in an emailed state­ment yes­ter­day. (Bloomberg)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.