EU invites Croatia to submit negotiation position on competition policy.

By bne IntelliNews March 31, 2010
The European Union invited the country to submit its negotiation position on the policy chapter competition policy. The EC will draft a common EU negotiating position and send it to the Council of the EU for adoption. However, the policy chapter will probably not be opened at the next intergovernmental conference, which will be held on April 19, as there was no enough time for the adoption of the position. The most complicated issue in the competition policy chapter was the restructuring of the shipbuilding industry. We note that last week foreign minister Gordan Jandrokovic said that the country will do its best in order to open all policy chapters at the intergovernmental conference, scheduled for the second half of April. The country had already opened 30 out of the 33 policy chapters. The yet unopened chapters are judiciary and fundamental rights, competition policy and the foreign, security and defence policy. In related news, EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, said that the country showed a big progress in recent months in its negotiations for the EU membership and there were no problems, which could not be overcome, by stressing that Croatia should be able to join the EU without monitoring mechanism .

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