Croatia 'could join EU in January 2013'
Friday 28 January 2011 - by Andrew Hickley
Croatia is making progress towards joining the EU, but won't enter until 2013 at the earliest, according to the European Parliament's rapporteur for the country's accession.
"If a problem crops up somewhere then we should work on making entry possible on 1 January 2014 so that Croatia could participate in elections for the European Parliament that year," the Austrian added.
Croatia would likely become the 29th member of the union, having originally applied for EU membership in 2003.
Iceland too is undergoing a screening process with a view to also joining in 2013.
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