Croatia and EU – A Short Summary

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A short rundown of Croatia’s negotiations and issues with the EU, via RGE. Links to some reports and papers included. (I fixed some links that didn’t work.)

  • EU entry negotiations began in Oct 2005 and have progressed w/o major disturbances; thus far, negotiations have been opened on 14 of 35 chapters with two already completed
  • Erste Bank: Sees current government’s goal of a 2009 entry as overly optimistic; as long as EU negotiations remain on track, expects Croatia will most likely enter the EU in 2010-11
  • EIU: Most problematic short-term issue is Croatia’s support for a fishing and ecological zone in the Adriatic (known by its Croatian acronym, ZERP), which has brought Croatia into diplomatic conflict with EU members Slovenia and Italy
  • FT: The Croatian Peasants’ party (HSS), which holds the tourism and agriculture ministries, could obstruct negotiations on some of the toughest chapters in the country’s EU accession talks, casting even greater doubt on Croatia’s EU entry by the end of this decade
  • European Commission: Pointed out Croatia has made efforts on almost all chapters, but also stressed that further efforts are needed, especially in improving judicial capacities, fighting corruption, and the conduct of structural reform
  • CPB: Consumption per capita in Croatia is estimated to rise by about 2.5% as a result of EU accession, while GDP per capita could rise by as much as 8%.


Analysis Erste Bank – Jan 25, 2008

Croatia Country Report


Analysis European Commission – Nov 06, 2007

Croatia 2007 Progress Report


Analysis Economist Intelligence Unit – Jan 30, 2008

Croatia/EU politics: Between a fish and a hard place


Research CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis – Arjan Lejour, Andrea Mervar, and Gerard Verweij – October 2007

The economic effects of Croatia’s accession to the EU


BlogsFistful of Euros Edward Hugh – Nov 26, 2007 (Scroll down)

Croatia and Economic Sustainability in Eastern Europe


News Financial TimesNeil MacDonald – Jan 12, 2008

Croatia set to form coalition government


News BloombergJames G. Neuger – Nov 21, 2007

EU Doubts Croatia’s Goal of Winding Up Entry Talks During 2008

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