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The Status of Croatia as a Candidate for EU Membership

Plenary Speech - Wednesday, 16th February 2011

Mr President

I have spent some considerable time in Croatia and also taken pains to follow developments there. Croatia is a country which is characterised by endemic bribery, corruption, crony capitalism and unexplained wealth amongst the political classes. It lacks the basic infrastructure of a free society. The rule of law, the rights of property, enforceable contracts are all seriously challenged in Croatia

The judicial system is completely log-jammed so the citizens and companies operating in Croatia cannot effectively appeal for justice. The Croatian media are subject to censorship and intimidation. Mr President, if this country, Croatia, is considered a suitable country for joining the European Union, then heaven help all of us.

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