Meeting on Croatian Accession: extracts from the joint press conference by Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council; José Manuel BARROSO, EC President; Viktor ORBÁN, Hungarian Prime Minister and Jadranka KOSOR, Croatian Prime Minister
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 24/06/2011 First transmission: 24/06/2011
The European Council has paved the way for Croatia's accession to the EU as the 28th Member State.
The Council should conclude the accession negotiations before the end of June and the Accession Treaty could be signed before the end of the year.
In a press conference following the Council agreement, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, congratulated the country wholeheartedly on this achievement allowing Croatia to fully join the European family and said that it would have not been possible without the hard work of the Croatian government and the Croatian people.
EC President José Manuel Barroso said that he was looking forward to welcoming Croatia as a 28th Member State and also welcoming a Commissioner from Croatia during the mandate of this College.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council: Madam Prime Minister, I thus have the honour to convey to you the good news on behalf of the 27 Heads of State and Government: Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union. I wish to congratulate you wholeheartedly on this achievement, allowing Croatia to fully join the European family. It would have not been possible without the hard work of the Croatian
government and the Croatian people.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: Today the Heads of State and Government have recognised the quality of this work over a number of years and the progress made by Croatia. Today the European Council has called for the closure of the accession negotiations by the end of June with a view to the signing of the accession treaty before the end of the year. The Commission thinks that this should allow for Croatia to join the European Union on the 1st of July 2013.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President: I am looking forward to welcoming Croatia as a 28th Member State. I am also looking forward to welcome a Commissioner from Croatia during the mandate of this College.
||SOUNDBITE (in CROATIAN) Jadranka KOSOR, Croatian Prime Minister: It's a great honour and a great pleasure for me to be able to state that Croatia has reached the end of this long journey, we are in the process of completing our negotiations and this really is a historic moment for the Republic of Croatia, for all the citizens of Croatia, and all this is happening on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the independence.