Brussels says Croatia is on track for EU entry in 2013

Croatia is on track for EU membership, but has to do more to restructure ailing shipyards, strengthen the judiciary and fight corruption, Brussels said in its first monitoring report on the country’s readiness to join the block.

“Overall, Croatia’s preparations are on track. Nevertheless, the Commission has identified a limited number of issues requiring further efforts,” said the report, presented on Tuesday in Zagreb and Brussels.

Croatia signed the accession treaty last December and is set to become a member on July 1, 2013, the second former Yugoslav republic to do so after Slovenia, provided the treaty is ratified by all 27 member states by then.

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