FOREIGN POLICY: Croatia Reaches Deal with Slovenia Unblocking EU Entry

Slovenia has agreed it won’t let a 20-year-old bank dispute stop Croatia joining the European Union as planned on July 1, the two countries’ prime ministers said on Thursday. EU Enlargement “Commissioner Stefan Fule considers this to be a good deal for both countries and a good deal for enlargement,” a Commission spokesman told reporters in Brussels.

Slovenian Prime Minister JanezJansa said his country’s parliament would be able to ratify Croatia’s EU accession treaty “within 30 days” after signing the memorandum.

Croatia’s Prime Minister ZoranMilanovic told a cabinet session: “The text of the memorandum has been agreed and I and Jansa will sign it on Monday.”  Croatia concluded its EU accession talks in 2011 but its neighbor had refused to ratify its EU treaty because of the dispute over Slovenian bank Ljubljanska Banka (LB).

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