The European Parliament today adopted a resolution by 548 votes in favour, 43 against and 52 abstentions, which said that Croatia has made “substantial progress” in introducing reforms necessary to join the EU.
“Negotiations with Croatia can be completed in the first half of 2011 provided that the necessary reforms continue to be pursued resolutely”, it said.
The fight against corruption, support for returning refugees and the restructuring of shipyards are among the remaining challenges facing the country, said the EP resolution.
However, it noted that major efforts have been made to change the constitution, reform the judiciary and co-operate more closely with the International Crime Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
The EP however expressed concern that the majority of Croatian citizens think that Croatia ‘s EU membership would not benefit the country, according to the latest survey.