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Eu/croatia : Croatia's Judicial System Needs Further Improvement, Says Eu

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia : Croatia's Judicial System Needs Further Improvement, Says Eu

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The EU Stabilisation and Association Council (SAC) says that the main challenges facing Croatia are the reform of its judicial system and the fight against corruption. "There is a lot of encouraging news on the progress Croatia has made on its road to EU membership. However, there are some areas where a lot still needs to be done," said Germany's Minister for Europe Gunter Gloser.

At the 6 March SAC meeting between the EU and Croatia, EU officials represented by EU Enlargement CommissioneraOlli Rehn and Germany's Minister for Europe Gunter Gloser examinedaCroatia's progress towards EU accession along with Croatia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

"Tremendous progress has been made, but Croatia's judicial system needs further improvement," said Gloser. He underlined that the Croatian government must make more effort to increase the qualifications of judges and improve the overall efficiency of the judicial system, which is currently not able to cope with the workload. Despite a large number of judges, the average time required to finalise a case is still very long in Croatia by comparison with EU standards. Responding to this assessment, Grabar-Kitarovic reiterated that reform of the judiciary system is a priority for the Croatian government. She underlined that the first set of actions undertaken by the government have already borne fruit and that the number of unresolved cases is steadily decreasing.

Croatia's efforts to root out corruption are still not satisfactory, according to Gloser. …

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