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SHAPE Honour Guard marches at the NATO ceremony for accession of Croatia and Albania.

Croatia continues EU membership bid.

Jumping Hurdles

January 2010, Number 01.01

“Croatia continues its progress through the European Union accession process, despite an ongoing border dispute with neighboring Slovenia. Overcoming hurdles is not uncommon in the process and Croatia now expects to enter the union by 2011.

Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor said in September 2009 that his country would stop blocking Croatia’s membership talks with the union. Slovenia’s previous actions were due to a border dispute between the two former Yugoslav republics.

The dispute concerns pockets of land along the Adriatic Sea that could play an important role in determining access to the sea. Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, according to reports, sent an official statement to her Swedish counterpart — who held the rotating EU presidency until December 2009 — affirming that any mention of Croatia’s borders in its EU application materials does not legally prejudge the dispute it has with Slovenia. This essentially satisfied Slovenia’s demand to force Croatia not to use the EU accession process as a way to make a claim on the border dispute...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Jumping Hurdles,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 1, 2010: 54-57.

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