Highlighting its ambition to become the 28th member of the EU, candidate Croatia has told a European Parliament committee it hopes the negotiations will be hurried along. Foreign Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic made clear that Zagreb was aiming to get in by 2009.
She said: “We do have the right to express our expectation of course, and we have to have a target date in mind to be able to plan our obligations to fulfil all the conditions.” The EU’s enlargement commissioner indicated last week that, after Romania and Bulgaria join, Croatia would be next in line, though not before the end of the decade. Worries about the pace of expansion have placed big question marks over how soon any more countries will be able to join the EU, in the wake of last year’s rejection by French and Dutch voters of the proposed constitution.
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