The positive outcome of Croatia’s EU accession referendum on 22nd January paves the way for the country to become the 28th member of the European Union on 1st July 2013.
Croatia first applied for EU membership in 2003 but talks did not begin until late 2005, due to the country’s failure to arrest General Ante Gotovina, wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on war crimes charges.
The country signed the accession treaty on 9th December 2011 and held a referendum on 22nd January 2012, where Croatian citizens voted in favour of an EU membership.
The Croatian Parliament and the Parliaments of all 27 Member States will now have to complete the ratification process, before Croatia can join the EU on 1st July 2013.
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