Croatia's accession reaffirms that European integration remains open to all aspirant countries that 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. This transformative impact of the enlargement process benefits not only the country of Croatia, but also the European Union as whole, demonstrating the importance of a credible enlargement policy while expanding the internal market.
On the eve of Croatia's accession, President Barroso said: "Croatia's accession to the European Union is a historic event, which returns the country to its rightful place at the heart of Europe. I look forward to Croatia's contribution to the EU, which will be a success story – to the benefit of the Union, of the people of Croatia and of South East Europe as whole."
Croatia's accession shows that EU membership is real for those countries firmly committed to EU values. Croatia’s accession to the EU shows a clear signal for the region: the EU keeps its commitments when necessary reforms are delivered and conditions are met.
Croatia's accession will be celebrated in Zagreb on Sunday 30 June and Monday 1 – July. The European Commission will be represented by President Barroso, Vice-President Reding, Commissioner Füle and Commissioner Mimica. On 30 June the EU Delegation in Zagreb will close its doors and the following day the European Commission Representation will open.
Programme of events in Zagreb
Sunday 30 June 23:00 Official ceremony
Monday 1 July: Opening of the European Commission Representation