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Estonia and Italy Ready to Welcome Croatia into European Union in 2013

30.06.2011

No. 230–E

During their meeting today in Rome, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and chairman of the Commission of European Union Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Mario Pescante recognised Croatia’s efforts towards acceding to the European Union. “It’s positive that the decision has been made to conclude accession negotiations with Croatia,” said Paet. “Hopefully Croatia will become the 28th member state of the European Union on 1 July 2013,” he added.

Foreign Minister Paet said another important development is the first accession conference with Iceland that took place yesterday, during which practical negotiations were opened. “During Poland’s presidency, which begins very soon, there are plans to open half of the negotiation chapters with Iceland. Hopefully the chapters that will prove most complicated, namely fishery and agricultural policy, will also be opened as soon as possible,” he said.

While talking about Turkey’s movement towards the European Union, the foreign minister emphasised that concluding an agreement on the readmission of individuals between the EU and Turkey would bring progress to the negotiations. “Concluding this agreement would help to keep illegal immigration under control. We must also move forward with the EU-Turkey visa dialogue,” said the foreign minister.

Paet and Pescante also talked about European Union Neighbourhood Policy. “We must consider each partner country’s ambitions, abilities and developments more concretely than before,” Paet noted.

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