EU/Croatia Association Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Olli Rehn, Gordan Jandroković, Croatian Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and Dimitrij Rupel

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-057172   Duration: 10:10:54  Lieu:
End production: 28/04/2008   First transmission: 28/04/2008
Following the EU/Croatia Association Council, Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, Gordan Jandroković, Croatian Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, gave a joint press conference. The European Union welcomed the progress made by Croatia on its way towards the EU, but stressed the need of making further efforts on the judiciary area, in the fight against corruption and on its administrative capacity to deal with the public aids. A roadmap should be ready in the course of 2009.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:07:41 Title 00:00:04
10:07:45 General view of the press conference room 00:00:06
10:07:51 Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, saying (in ENGLISH) that Croatia will need to make further efforts in improving the functioning of its judiciary and fight against corruption, and take the necessary steps to improve its administrative capacities in a number of areas. 00:00:20
10:08:11 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:08:17 Gordan Jandroković, Croatian Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, saying (in CROATIAN) that he would like to stress that what they do is not just in conjonction with their membership of the European Union, but it also has to do with enhancing the living standards of their citizens because they are simply unable to tolerate a situation in which there are state aids that do not ensure further development, new jobs, but simply patching up problems and papering over the cracks in the work of some unsuccessful companies. 00:00:32
10:08:49 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:08:55 Olli Rehn saying (in ENGLISH) that their intention is to prepare a conditional roadmap or indicative timetable in the coming autumn in the context of the progress report of this autumn for concluding the technical negotiations with Croatia in the course of 2009; that he has done long calculs at high school and for him, in the course and by the end are precisely the same. 00:00:32
10:09:27 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:09:34 Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, saying (in ENGLISH) on Serbia, that they are trying to find a compromise and a solution that will enable EU to send a positive signal to the Serbian public; that it is extremely important that the European minded Serbia receives a proper signal from Brussels or this time from Luxembourg; that now they don't know what will be the exact mechanism, the exact wording, the exact vehicle of this message. 00:00:40
10:10:14 Olli Rehn saying (in ENGLISH) on VISA, that it will happen on the near future but this will depend essentially on the Serbian government and the administration capacity to meet the requirements, which are requirement to ensure internal security concerns for the EU, for instance biometrical passports and integrated border controls systems; that the sooner this requirements are met, the sooner there will be the VISA free travel for Serbian citizens and other citizens of the Western Balkans. 00:00:40
10:10:54 Cutaway (2 shots) 00:00:18
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