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Eu/croatia : Eu Finalises Croatia's Accession Treaty

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia : Eu Finalises Croatia's Accession Treaty

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The European Union has concluded drafting Croatia's Accession Treaty, paving the way for the signature of the document in December. On 14 September, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved the English-language version of the text, authorising its translation into Croatian and other EU official languages. The ambassadors also sent a request to the European Commission for a formal opinion on the alignment of the draft text with what was agreed during the accession negotiations and asked the European Parliament to launch the assent procedure.

According to Hannes Swoboda (S&D, Austria), the Parliament's rapporteur on Croatia, a vote on the draft treaty in the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) is expected to take place on 14 November, to be followed by a plenary vote on 1 December. The Council is expected to give its nod to the 356-page document on 5 December following its translation into all EU official languages and approval by the European Commission. Provided all these conditions are met, the treaty is likely to be signed shortly after the early December parliamentary elections in Croatia, according to Polish Presidency sources.

These sources have confirmed that the targeted accession date of 1 July 2013 is explicitly mentioned in the drat treaty. A political agreement on the planned day of Croatia's accession was taken at the last European Council meeting in June. The EU's leaders also agreed on the format of the special monitoring mechanism to be launched following the signature of the treaty. …

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