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Lawmakers in the European Parliament during a plenary session in Strassburg on Wednesday will discuss the final monitoring report on Croatia and are expected to vote on the report on Thursday in which Croatia is welcomed as the European Union’s 28th member.

MEPs will discuss and vote on a proposed resolution which was endorsed on February 18 by the foreign affairs committee based on a report put together by parliamentary rapporteur, Czech Social Democrat Libor Roucek along with 13 amendments that were submitted to the proposal.

One of the amendments referred to the forthcoming referendum in Dubrovnik on the possible development of a golf course on Srdj hill above that southern coastal town.

The amendment “calls on the Croatian authorities to ensure the proper organisation of the forthcoming citizens’ referendum in Dubrovnik, concerning infrastructural projects that may permanently influence the local community’s socio-economic and environmental sustainability and urban development” and invites the Croatian authorities to take serious account of the possible negative environmental and social influence of such projects.”

Roucek moved for a motion for a resolution to welcome the results of the European Parliament election in Croatia while at the same time expressing regret at the poor turnout.

He also moved for the resolution to note that the 26 March European Commission’s monitoring report recognised that Croatia had completed all outstanding tasks set before its accession.

The rapporteur welcomed Slovenia’s ratification of Croatia’s accession treaty after a memorandum of understanding was signed to resolve the dispute over the Ljubljanska Bank issue, calling on Croatia and its neighbours to actively engage themselves in resolving outstanding bilateral issues in keeping with international obligations and on the principle of good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation.

The EP rejected a proposed amendment for continued monitoring after Croatia joins the bloc on July 1.

The European Parliament each year adopts resolution on the progress of countries during the process of enlargement. These are not legally obliging acts but represent an important political message. EP decisions have an obligatory nature on two occasions, at the start of negotiations and at the very end of the process when the signing of the accession treaty requires the approval from the European Parliament. (Hina)

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