Completion of negotiations
EU leaders give Croatia green light
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Izvor: Sipa Press / Autor: presss
In the light of the progress made and the Commission's positive assessment, the European Council calls on the Council of the EU to adopt all the necessary decisions for the conclusion of the accession negotiations by the end of June 2011, on the basis of the draft common positions recently presented by the Commission, with a view to the signing of the Accession Treaty before the end of the year, according to conclusions which the leaders of the EU's 27 countries adopted at a summit in Brussels.
The conclusions represent a political decision on the completion of accession negotiations with Croatia.
They say that Croatia should pursue reform efforts with the same strength, especially regarding the judiciary and fundamental rights, so that it could fully assume the membership obligations from the day of accession, and that the monitoring of those efforts until accession will provide the required guarantees to Croatia and current member states.
The European leaders commended Croatia for its intensive efforts which allowed accession negotiations to reach their final stage.
The conclusions said the Council was considering the remaining negotiation chapters with full respect for strict conditionality and in accordance with the accession framework.