Slovene foreign minister: Croatia not ready to open three policy chapters.

By bne IntelliNews December 21, 2009
Slovene foreign minister Samuel Zbogar said that Croatia was not ready to open negotiations on three policy chapters at the intergovernmental conference to be held today. He stressed that Slovenia was not blocking again the negotiation process of Croatia with the EU, but noted that the policy chapters were not ready for opening. The three policy chapters are on foreign, security and defence policy, environment and fisheries. The opening of the policy chapter on judiciary and fundamental rights was related to artillery logbooks sought by The Hague war crimes tribunal, while the opening of the chapter on market competition was related to the state support for shipyards. As earlier reported, the country expected to close two policy chapters at the intergovernmental conference, on social policy and employment, and right of establishment and freedom to provide services. The country will thus end this year with 28 opened policy chapters and 17 closed chapters. It is expected that the country will finalise accession talks by mid-2010.

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