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The Danish Parliament unanimously supports Croatia's accession to the European Union

02.05.2013  16:48

Today, the Danish Parliament, Folketinget, unanimously adopted the bill on Croatia’s accession to the European Union. This means that Denmark will ratify the accession treaty in a matter of days.

The proceedings in Parliament were attended by the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Josip Leko, who after the proceedings met with the Danish Minister for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen to express his satisfaction with the outcome of the Danish ratification. Afterwards, Croatia’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Vesna Pusic, phoned Nicolai Wammen in order to express her satisfaction as well.

The Danish Minister for European Affairs, Nicolai Wammen, welcomes the positive outcome in the Danish Parliament and says:

"I am very pleased with the unanimous parliamentary vote for Croatia's accession to the European Union. I see it as a recognition of the great work done by the Croatian government. Now, I am looking forward to welcoming Croatia to the EU family as the 28th State.

During my talks with the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Josip Leko, and my Croatian colleague, Vesna Pusic, I underlined the strong Danish support for Croatian EU membership and that we are very much looking forward to having Croatia as a partner in the European Union. Denmark and Croatia have excellent bilateral relations and Denmark and Croatia are partners in various contexts, including NATO.

Croatia's accession is a success for the EU enlargement policy, and it sends a clear signal that it pays off to undertake the difficult economic and democratic reforms. It also shows that the European Union delivers, when the difficult reforms are implemented. In this way Croatia may also serve as an inspiration for other countries in the Western Balkans. "

For further information, please contact:
Marie Bender Foltmann, the Special Adviser of the Minister for European Affairs, tel. +45 41 73 38 93