Croatian Opinion and the EU's Copenhagen Criteria

Richard Rose

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The entry of a new member into the European Union is a four-stage process. First, a country has to apply for membership; Croatia has applied for membership. Secondly, an applicant country’s institutions and practices are reviewed on technical and political grounds to see if they meet EU standards. In October 2005, the EU agreed to start reviewing Croatia’s application for membership. Thirdly, the Council of Ministers must agree to the admission of the applicant; no country has yet been refused entry at this stage. Finally, the applicant country must approve joining the European Union.Norwegians have twice rejected at a referendum an entry agreement signed by the Norwegian government.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherChatham House
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Bibliographical note

Chatham House Briefing Paper EP BP 05/04, December 2005

This paper is part of a study of Diverging Paths of Post-communist Countries financed by a grant from the British Economic and Social Research Council (RES 000 23 0193). The Croatian survey was carried out in cooperation with the Paul Lazarsfeld Society, Vienna.

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