Thursday, 27 June 2013

The EU Adds Another Debt Slave to its Portfolio, Croatia

The Council of the European Union reports,
Croatia is the first Western Balkans country to join the European Union. Its accession on 1 July 2013 is the result of a decade-long negotiation process.
Since the formal application for EU membership in 2003, Croatia has invested considerable effort and fulfilled all the accession criteria needed to bring it into line with EU laws and standards. Tangible progress has been achieved in areas such us the rule of law, the fight against corruption, human rights and protection of minorities.
"Aside from the clear benefits to itself and the EU, Croatia’s accession demonstrates that, when conditions are met, the EU delivers on its commitments in this regard. Noting Croatia’s commitment that bilateral issues should not obstruct the accession process, the Council looks forward to Croatia continuing to play an active and positive role in regional cooperation in the Western Balkans."
And new members of course require funding, an effective way to gain leverage and control,
The Council today approved draft amending budget no 1 for 2013 providing the EU budget 2013 with the necessary resources for the accession of Croatia to the European Union on 1 July.
The Council agreed to increase the EU budget for 2013 by a total of EUR 655.1 million in commitments and EUR 374 million in payments in order to cover the pledges made at the accession conference of 30 June 2011. With EUR 449.4 million in commitments and EUR149.8 million in payments the bulk of the additional funds serves to reduce disparities in the level of development of Croatia's regions with other areas of the EU through cohesion policy. 
We wish Croatia the best of luck in complying with future demands and increased bureaucracy from their new unelected leaders following 18 years or so of independence.

We also congratulate van Rompuy and Barroso with this addition to their diversified portfolio which is no other than a remarkable achievement when recognising that more and more people are waking up to reality and realising the union is a destroyer of wealth.

And more countries are likely to join the EU in the future. Visit the European Commission's Enlargement department (yes, it's actually called that) here to see which countries. 

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