European parliament approves Croatias EU accession treaty.

By bne IntelliNews December 2, 2011
The European parliament approved on December 1 Croatia's EU accession treaty, opening the way for its signing next week, news agency HINA reported. Out of 634 parliament members present at the session, 564 voted in favour of the treaty, 38 were against it and 32 abstained. The treaty is scheduled to be signed on December 9 prior to an EU summit. Croatia is expected to become the EU's newest member in July 2013. Until that date, Croatian representatives will take part in the work of the European institutions as observers and will not be able to vote. The country completed its six-year EU accession negotiations on June 30.
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