2011/2191(INI)

Application of Croatia to become a member of the European Union

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2011/2191(INI) Application of Croatia to become a member of the European Union
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Opinion AFCO TRZASKOWSKI Rafał (EPP)
Lead AFET SWOBODA Hannes (S&D)
Opinion BUDG FÄRM Göran (S&D)
Opinion EMPL
Opinion ENVI
Lead committee dossier: AFET/7/06900
Legal Basis RoP 048
Subjects
Links

Activites

  • 2011/12/01 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0539/2011 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2011/11/30 Debate in Parliament
  • 2011/11/22 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/11/22 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/11/17 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2011/10/21 Deadline Amendments
  • 2011/09/29 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2011/09/27 Committee draft report
  • 2011/09/22 EP officialisation

Documents

Votes

A7-0389/2011 - Hannes Swoboda - Résolution

2011/01/12
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 550 71 44 7 8 6 218 144 52 0
Against 34 1 1 16 2 11 1 2 0 0
Abstain 41 1 4 1 17 5 11 2 0 0
AmendmentsDossier
149 2011/2191(INI) Application of Croatia to become a member of the European Union
2011/10/13 AFCO 7 amendments...
source: PE-473.951
2011/10/25 AFET 113 amendments...
source: PE-473.953
2011/10/27 BUDG 20 amendments...
source: PE-475.800
2012/01/25 CONT 9 amendments...
source: PE-480.558

History

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2012-02-09
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    • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the
      own-initiative report by Hannes SWOBODA (S&D, AT) on the
      application of Croatia to become a Member of the European
      Union.
      Members consider that Croatian membership will make
      the EU stronger, enrich its European culture and heritage and make
      an important contribution to maintaining the credibility of the
      enlargement process. They also feel that Croatia’s successful
      accession will have wider European and regional implications and
      will give positive impetus to the process of European integration
      in both the EU and the Western Balkan region. The prospect of EU
      membership is a powerful incentive for countries in the region, on
      the path to European integration.
      Accordingly, Members welcome the conclusion of the
      accession negotiations with Croatia, bringing to an end almost
      six years of negotiation and several years of preparation.
      Stressing the need to keep up the reform momentum, they consider
      that the positive results of this process will strengthen support
      for EU membership among Croatia’s citizens, and their trust in
      it. They encourage people to participate in the EU referendum and
      support the Accession Treaty. Members support the signing of the
      Accession Treaty. 
      Croatian Members: the
      report emphasises the temporary provisions of the Accession Treaty
      introduce a derogation from the maximum number of seats in the
      European Parliament, until the end of the 2009-2014 parliamentary
      term. Members are resolved to present their proposal for the
      decision determining the new composition of the European Parliament
      in good time before the 2014 elections, in accordance with
      Article 14(2) TEU and ensure that all relevant institutional
      aspects of the accession must be taken into consideration in their
      entirety.
      Monitoring the reform process: Members expect the Commission to monitor further
      preparations for accession with objectivity and to help the
      Croatian authorities fulfil their commitments and obligations
      entered into in the negotiations. They underline the need to focus
      in particular on commitments given on the judiciary, home
      affairs and fundamental rights – including protection of
      the freedom of the media, as one of the crucial instruments of
      democracy, as well as the continued implementation of judicial
      reform and efficiency, the impartial handling of war-crime cases,
      the fight against corruption, the protection of minorities, border
      management, police cooperation, the fight against organised crime
      and judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters – as
      well as commitments on competition policy with a view to the
      adequate and efficient restructuring of the shipbuilding and steel
      industries. The committee stresses that it will follow the
      monitoring process, and call on the Commission to keep it regularly
      informed of the extent to which the Croatian authorities honour the
      commitments given in the Accession Treaty so as to assume their
      membership obligations fully upon accession on 1 July
      2013. It reserves the right to address recommendations to the
      Commission and the Croatian authorities throughout the monitoring
      process.
      Reforms: while
      acknowledging the good progress made on judicial reform, Members
      encourage Croatia to continue to implement reform of the judiciary,
      creating an efficient, independent and impartial judicial system.
      They stress the need for implementing the provisions on the
      independence, impartiality and accountability of the
      judiciary.
      Amongst the priorities for reform, Members stress the
      following:

      ·       
      the fight against high-level corruption
      – in the judiciary, law-enforcement agencies, the public
      administration and state-owned companies;

      ·       
      reform in public procurement;

      ·       
      the need further to strengthen transparency and
      integrity in public administration and in the police;

      ·       
      to continue reforming law-enforcement agencies
      with the goal of making them efficient, effective, depoliticised
      and respectful of civil rights and freedoms;
      The fight against impunity: Members encourage Croatia to step up its efforts on
      the prosecution of war crimes, to implement the new strategy on
      impunity, which is a key to ensuring justice and achieving
      lasting reconciliation in the region. They invite the
      Croatian Government to allocate adequate financial resources and
      provide full support to the Croatian judiciary in order to speed up
      the investigation of war crimes.
      Furthermore, they encourage the Croatian authorities
      to continue active cooperation with the International Criminal
      Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Croatia and Serbia are
      asked to cooperate fully in the field of justice, particularly as
      regards the prosecution of war crimes.
      The following measures are also
      recommended:

      ·       
      assistance for the return of refugees and
      displaced persons;

      ·       
      launching social and economic recovery projects
      for vulnerable groups, especially the refugees;

      ·       
      further progress on women’s rights and
      gender equality;

      ·       
      pursue further efforts to combat all kinds of
      discrimination directed against ethnic and LGBT minorities and
      fight homophobia;

      ·       
      fight against human trafficking.
      Strengthen economic reform and stimulate
      employment: Members encourage Croatia
      to further strengthen labour and trade unions rights, to strengthen
      social dialogue and to promote capacity-building for the social
      partners. Generally, the committee calls on Croatia, in light of
      the existing economic problems, to continue its structural
      reforms of the economy, to stimulate employment by
      reviving the labour market and to pursue fiscal consolidation in
      order to boost competitiveness, enabling it to catch up with EU
      Member States. It considers it important that economic recovery is
      accompanied by environmental modernisation, including through
      improved energy efficiency, the reinforcement of policy on
      renewable energy sources, and the harmonisation of spatial
      development and energy policies. The Government is encouraged to
      pay particular attention to small and medium-sized enterprises and
      to pursue further efforts to reform Croatia’s social system
      and to respect in full the public interest and environmental
      standards. Member States tare asked to apply decisions on
      transitional provisions concerning Croatian workers’
      access to their labour markets and to keep the Commission informed
      of measures taken.
      Financial consequences:
      Members point out that the financial consequences of the
      enlargement have to be fully addressed in the upcoming negotiations
      on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 and in
      decisions concerning the Union’s own resources system. They
      call on all parties involved to associate Croatia, to the greatest
      extent possible, in its capacity as an acceding country, in all
      exchanges of views and negotiations on the MFF 2014-2020. Taking
      note of the EU’s position on the financial and budgetary
      provisions based on an accession date of 1 July 2013, Members
      note that the required financial envelopes for Croatia’s
      accession, by heading and sub-heading of the budget, for the last
      semester of the last financial year of the current MFF would
      substantially increase expenditure in the EU budget.
       They note Coreper’s position whereby the overall level
      of expenditure should not be changed for the financial year 2013.
      They recall nevertheless that the current MFF adopted in 2006, did
      not take into account the potential accession of Croatia during the
      lifetime of this MFF, and urge the Commission to propose a
      revision of the MFF for the financial year 2013 in order to
      avoid financing Croatia’s accession by
      redeployments.
      Neighbourhood issues:
      welcoming the adoption by the Croatian Government in July 2011 of
      the declaration on promoting European values in South East Europe,
      Members encourage Croatia to continue to enhance good-neighbourly
      relations, to remain an important and proactive promoter of
      regional cooperation on all levels and to maintain its commitment
      to translating reconciliation efforts into practical steps of
      economic, social and human benefit to all citizens of the region.
      They call for increased use of the financial instruments that
      support SMEs, infrastructure development and the business
      environment as part of the multi-beneficiary programmes throughout
      the Western Balkans. Members also call for progress on resolving
      outstanding bilateral issues with neighbouring countries, in
      particular with Serbia, mainly regarding border demarcation,
      missing persons, property restitution and refugees. They strongly
      believe that while open issues of a bilateral nature must not halt
      the EU accession process of candidate and potential candidate
      countries in the Western Balkans.
      Support of citizens:
      considering that the success of accession depends to a large extent
      on the support and commitment of citizens, the committee encourages
      the Croatian authorities and civil society to conduct, with the
      help of the Commission, a wide-ranging and objective information
      campaign on the obligations, consequences and advantages arising
      from EU accession so that the Croatian people will be fully aware
      of their choice in the referendum and that they see the European
      project as belonging to them too.
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Application of Croatia to become a member of the European Union
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