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(04/08/08) -

More Croatians Supportive of EU Accession

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The number of people in Croatia who want to join the European Union (EU) has significantly increased since last year, according to a poll by Promocija Plus. 60.2 per cent of respondents want their country to enter the continental group, up 10.4 points since November.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The number of people in Croatia who want to join the European Union (EU) has significantly increased since last year, according to a poll by Promocija Plus. 60.2 per cent of respondents want their country to enter the continental group, up 10.4 points since November.

In 1991, Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia. The country became an official candidate for EU membership in June 2004, and began its accession talks in October 2005. The Croatian government is looking at 2009 as a possible entry date, but the EU has urged the country to reform its judicial system and fight corruption before it makes a final decision.

On Mar. 29, Croatian foreign minister Gordan Jandrokovic said his country is willing to serve as a guide for other Balkan nations wanting to join the EU, saying, "Croatia is ready to help with its experience, advice and expertise. It has been and remains our policy."

Polling Data

Do you support or oppose Croatia’s accession into the European Union (EU)?

 

Mar. 2008

Nov. 2007

Support

60.2%

49.8%

Oppose

31.7%

38.6%

No opinion

8.1%

12.4%

Source: Promocija Plus
Methodology: Interviews with 1,300 Croatian adults, conducted on Mar. 29 and Mar. 30, 2007. No margin of error was provided.