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Dobrodošli u Europsku uniju: Croatia votes overwhelmingly in favour of joining the EU

Monday, 23 January 2012
Croatia is finally set to become the 28th Member of the European Union in 2013 after its citizens voted to join the EU by a sweeping majority in a referendum held at the weekend.

Despite the disappointingly low turnout (44%), the result delivered a greater than expected yes result than what had been predicted in the opinion polls.

With nearly all ballots counted, Croatia's state referendum commission said that about 66 per cent of those who took part in the referendum answered "yes" to the question: "Do you support the membership of the Republic of Croatia in the European Union?" About 33 per cent were against.

The result means that Croatia, who signed an EU accession treaty last December concluding seven years of entry talks, will become the EU's 28th member country in July next year.

Senior politicians in Zagreb have described the referendum as historic – only one had been held previously: on whether to secede from Yugoslavia (held May 1991).

In a joint statement, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, welcomed the result: "We welcome the positive outcome of the referendum on Croatia's accession to the European Union. With this vote, Croatia's citizens have given their endorsement to European integration. We congratulate Croatia and its people on their choice: EU membership will open up new opportunities for them and help secure the stability and prosperity of their nation.

Similarly, Tanja Fajon, a Slovenian MEP and Vice chair of the Delegation to the EU – Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee, said that Croatians have “clearly decided to continue on the European path” and called it a “wise and brave decision which proves the maturity of the Croatian citizens who understand the great benefits of the European integration despite the difficult economic and financial situation in the EU”.

Welcoming the 28th country means not only a stronger Europe but it is also a very important sign, especially for the countries of Western Balkan, that the EU enlargement process is moving on,” she said.

Dobrodošli u Europsku uniju Hrvatska!

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