EU report: Croatia may conclude entry talks in 2010

Croatia could wrap up entry talks with the European Union next year, the bloc's executive arm said on Wednesday.

EU report: Croatia may conclude entry talks in 2010
Croatia could wrap up entry talks with the European Union next year, the bloc's executive arm said on Wednesday.

An annual progress report by the European Commission criticised would-be members over corruption, weak courts and other shortcomings, making it clear it will take many years before the bulk of them can join the now 27-country EU.

"If Croatia meets all outstanding benchmarks in time, the accession negotiations could be concluded next year," the Commission said in a statement.

The Commission said other EU hopefuls -- Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Kosovo -- were making uneven progress towards membership.



Reuters
Last Mod: 14 Ekim 2009, 15:06
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