Croatians are expected on Sunday (22 January) to vote in favour of joining the EU next year. Overall support for membership has been hovering around 50%, according to opinion polls, but around 60% of those who say they will vote in the referendum have indicated that they will endorse membership of the EU.
Croatia signed its treaty of accession to the EU on 9 December, after close to six years of negotiations. The treaty requires ratification by all 27 member states before Croatia can join, and Croatians too must vote in favour in their own referendum before the country’s parliament ratifies it.
Slovenia and Croatia on Tuesday (17 January) endorsed a proposal by the European Commission on the composition of an arbitration panel in charge of settling a border dispute between the two former Yugoslav republics. The Commission proposed Gilbert Guillaume of France, a former president of the International Court of Justice, as president of the panel, and Bruno Simma of Germany and Vaughan Lowe of the UK as members. Slovenia and Croatia had earlier appointed one member each. The dispute prompted Slovenia to block Croatia’s membership talks, concluded last summer, for close to a year.
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