German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially visits Croatia on Monday to convey her congratulations to the country for becoming the EU’s 28th member.
Zagreb marks the first stop on Merkel’s Balkan tour and she arrives in the wake of Croatia’s successful conclusion of its EU accession negotiations, as the country awaits the signing of the adhesion treaty and the commencement of the ratification process for existing member states.
Croatia’s accession talks with the European Union, which began back in 2005, were concluded on June 30th this year. Zagreb is now set to formally become the 28th member of the bloc in July 2013.
According to the visit’s agenda, the German Chancellor will meet Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor and President Ivo Josipovic.