Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Monday he personally saw no need for introducing the instrument of monitoring for Croatia and expressed hope Croatia's EU entry talks would end in the near future.
We will talk about it tonight, but I personally see no reason for that, Bildt said upon arriving at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers, when asked about the possibility for introducing the instrument of monitoring for Croatia.
Sweden is known as one of the countries advocating enlargement, to include Croatia and western Balkan countries. We hope the negotiations will end soon, Bildt said adding however, that his country was strict when it came to meeting the criteria.
The is about the Union of quality, quality membership and when we are strict it is in the interest of the country joining the bloc, Bildt said.
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said the ministers this evening would analyse Enlargement Commission Stefan Fuele's report and prepare Croatia's accelerated joining the EU.
Slovakian Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda said he was confident Croatia was ready to close the negotiations with the bloc. He also said he expected Enlargement Commissioner Fuele, who is scheduled to brief the minister this evening about the state of Croatia's entry negotiations, to give a positive assessment.