Swoboda calls for opening of judiciary chapters in Croatia's EU entry talks.

By bne IntelliNews June 10, 2010
The European Parliament rapporteur on Croatia, Hannes Swoboda, called upon the EU countries to adopt a political decision on opening the judiciary and fundamental rights chapter in Croatia's EU entry talks. He stressed that in spite of the possible tiny shortcomings, which the country had to eliminate in order to achieve full cooperation with the Hague war crimes tribunal, it had to have a chance to show its judiciary reform capacity. Swoboda also said that the country had to restructure its shipyards but it needed more time taking into account the current economic situation. We note that the head of the European Union Delegation to Croatia, Paul Vandoren, said recently that the country could make major progress in its EU entry talks in the next weeks. He declined to say whether the country could finalise its EU membership negotiations this year. Vandoren said the country had to be able to open the last three chapters, including the policy chapters on competition and judiciary and fundamental rights, in June or July. As recalled, last week an EU diplomat said that Croatia could open the judiciary and fundamental rights chapter by end-June. The chapter could be opened after the assessment of a report on the country's cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), carried out by ICTY chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz and submitted to the UN Security Council. According to the report, Croatia has made progress in investigating missing military documents, however, not all investigations have been examined.

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