Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia : Zagreb Closes Three Chapters, Wins Derogations from Eu Acquis

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia : Zagreb Closes Three Chapters, Wins Derogations from Eu Acquis

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Croatia has wrapped up talks on three chapters out of eleven still remaining to be closed, bringing the country one step closer to finalising its EU accession negotiations in the first half of 2011. On 5 November, the EU gave its nod to the closure of talks on transport, free movement of capital and institutions, bringing the overall number of temporarily closed chapters to 25 out of 33 subject to negotiations.

According to documents seen by Europolitics New Neighbours, in the areas of transport and free flow of capital Croatia has won an approval of the EU member states for applying - after its accession - specific transitional periods and derogations from certain provisions in the EU acquis. In the area of transport, a derogation from Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market will apply after Croatia's entry into the EU. To this end, for a period of two years, undertakings established in Croatia active in road transport will be excluded from cabotage in other member states. Croatia has also been given a transitional period, until 31 December 2012, to fully apply Article 10, Paragraph 3 of Directive 91/440/EEC on the development of the Community's railways. During this period, Croatia is obliged to ensure that at least 20% of the annual total capacity of its railway network is awarded with priority for railway undertakings other than "H railway undertakings"- a state-owned monopoly. The member states also accepted a temporary derogation from the Community rules as regards public coastal liner services and in particular the part concerning the public service obligation, and a transitional period until 31 December 2014 regarding occasional cruise services in cabotage in vessels up to 650 gross tonnes. …

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