Croatia: The Rocky Road to EU Membership

The President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic and the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a joint press conference in Brussels. Photo: Bond154 on flickr.Croatia is set to become the European Union’s 28th member state on 1 July, 2013. Its membership process has been long and arduous, fraught with political tension, bilateral disputes, and the legacy of the Yugoslav Wars. The country’s membership application was submitted in 2003 and negotiations officially started in 2005. They were then postponed twice, not coming to a conclusion until 2011 when a Croatian referendum on EU membership was finally held. With 66% in favour, the final stage of the accession process was set in motion.

by Linnéa Richardson