Serb refugees hoping to delay Croatia’s EU accession

As Zagreb awaits good news on its EU entry talks on Friday, Serb refugees from Croatia are hoping to postpone the country’s membership until their demands are met.

The Coalition of Refugee Associations in Serbia, made up of ethnic Serbs who fled Croatia during the conflict in the 1990s, is hoping to collect 100,000 signatures and postpone Croatia’s likely EU entry in 2013 until their demands are addressed.

Croatia has almost completed its accession talks, with only four negotiating areas remaining, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has said that Zagreb can expect good news on its bid on Friday.

It is expected that the European Commission will say that Croatia has closed three of the remaining four negotiation chapters, and, according to some reports, raise the possible entry date of July 1, 2013.

One of the remaining chapters covers justice and fundamental human rights, and it has been one of the most difficult for Croatia to wrap up.

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