EU 28: Croatia has joined the European Union
Zagreb/Brussels (1st July) – The European Union became its 28th Member State after Croatia joined on Monday. This latest enlargement is yet another proof of the transformative power of the accession process when countries willing to join the EU undergo wide-ranging transformation and reforms in order to comply with European standards. It also reaffirms that the perspective of European integration remains open to all aspirant countries which show the necessary will to implement political and economic reforms and prove their respect for European values such as the rule of law, democratic principles and human rights.
Accession of Croatia to the EU strengthens stability in a volatile region at EU's doorstep and also brings new opportunities for the businesses and customers on both sides. "The enlargement policy is credible and can deliver real change. Croatia is now ready to take up its place among European Union countries, creating a united and stronger Europe. A dynamic Union that we all want to succeed. So welcome Croatia," Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said on the eve of Croatia´s entry. He took part in the official celebrations on Sunday night in Zagreb together with other representatives of the European institutions.
Videomessage of Commissioner to Croatia:
Videomessage of Commissioner to the Western Balkans: