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Croatia: Party in Zagreb as Croatia joins EU

Croatia, Zagreb
June 30, 2013 at 20:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Croatia: Party in Zagreb as Croatia joins EU

Fireworks and champagne as festive crowds gathered on the streets Sunday to mark Croatia's official entry into the European Union as its 28th member. Most stores, museums and official buildings were closed and extra contingents of police officers guarded every crossing in the city centre of the capital Zagreb.

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy joined Prime Ministers of the European Union along with other officials for the ceremony Sunday evening, a major milestone some 20 years after the country won independence in a civil war. The official program of the accession ceremony featured several different artistic and technical performances to introduce Croatia's cultural and ecological value for the EU. Croatia applied for EU membership on March 21, 2003 and achieved official Candidate status on June 18, 2004. With its entry, Croatia becomes the third-poorest country in the EU, after Bulgaria and Romania.

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Croatia: Party in Zagreb as Croatia joins EU

Fireworks and champagne as festive crowds gathered on the streets Sunday to mark Croatia's official entry into the European Union as its 28th member. Most stores, museums and official buildings were closed and extra contingents of police officers guarded every crossing in the city centre of the capital Zagreb.

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy joined Prime Ministers of the European Union along with other officials for the ceremony Sunday evening, a major milestone some 20 years after the country won independence in a civil war. The official program of the accession ceremony featured several different artistic and technical performances to introduce Croatia's cultural and ecological value for the EU. Croatia applied for EU membership on March 21, 2003 and achieved official Candidate status on June 18, 2004. With its entry, Croatia becomes the third-poorest country in the EU, after Bulgaria and Romania.

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