European Parliament gave a green light for Croatia’s EU accession
European Parliament gave its consent to Croatia’s EU membership, in a vote on 1 December, with 564 votes in favour, 38 against and 32 abstentions. MEPs greeted the decision with a standing ovation in the plenary chamber. However, it called on Croatia to address remaining challenges, especially in the field of judicial reform and the fight against corruption and organised crime.
Yesterday the European Parliament Plenary conducted a disscussion in which Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy addresed MEPs and pointed out that this vote is a vote for Croatia, the region and the European Union. Commissioner's entire speech is avalable here.
After the expected approval in the European Parliament, the Treaty must be approved by the Council of the European Union and be signed on 9 December before the European Council meeting. The Treaty must then be ratified by all 27 member states and Croatia will hold a referendum on the EU accession.