Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Dzurinda: Majority of EU supports EU-Croatian talks

SLOVAK Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurindaon March 22 in Brussels said that a majority of the EU25 member states agree with beginning EU accession talks with Croatia.

He gained this impression when he broached the topic during a working dinner of EU representatives, although he has not revealed the names of specific supporters, news wire TASR reported.

Only Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia have so far openly expressed support for Croatia.

The four countries intend to submit a proposal to begin talks by the end of June. The proposal also suggests taking Croatia up on its suggestion to send an EU mission to the country to monitor its cooperation with the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Dzurinda is greatly impressed by Croatia's progress and by the fact that its government invited an EU monitoring mission to its capital, Zagreb.

Dzurinda does not believe ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte's assertions that Croatia's failure to extradite General Ante Gotovina (accused of war-crimes) shows insufficient cooperation with the tribunal.

"I get the feeling that del Ponte wants to punish Croatia, rather than judge it," he said.

Last December the EU set a date of March 17 for beginning accession talks with Croatia, provided the country cooperated completely with ICTY.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

What does this man know?

Prosecutor searches for witness in the case of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová’s murder.

Identikit picture of possible witness in Kuciak murder case.

I am not afraid, I do not work like Kuciak

Sometimes trolls burst into our office and shout at us until we convince them to leave, but they never sue us, says David Crawford from the newsgroup Correctiv who were the first to discover who downed MH17 flight.

David Crewford

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between September 21 and September 30, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Kapitulská

The longest highway tunnel in Slovakia is finally bored through Photo

Drivers wont be able to drive through it though until 2022.

Western portal of the Višňové tunnel