The President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma took the opportunity at her meeting with the President of Croatia Ivo Josipović to expressher support to Croatia’s accession to the European Union. Ergma voiced her hope that the country will be able to successfully conclude the accession talks in the near future.
Josipović summarised Croatia’s activities towards accession. He explained that Croatia has put in serious effort over the past months and that the conclusion of negotiations is close. Josipović hopes that the accession negotiations can be concluded as early as June, or during the second half of this year. Despite this, he admits that efforts must be continued until full accession readiness is achieved.
Ergma gave an overview of Estonia’s problems prior to acceding to the European Union. She also highlighted the positive sides of EU membership, stressing the right to vote within the EU decision making process. Ergma talked about the experiences of the Estonian parliament in issues related to the EU. “Making use of the experiences acquired and cooperating between parliaments will surely contribute towards achieving the set objectives,” Ergma said.
Ergma and Josipović exchanged ideas about the possible ways of improving the multifariousness of bilateral relations. They recognised ample room for development within the field of economic cooperation.
Josipović gave a review of developments in Western Balkans. The President of Croatia accords great value to relations between Western Balkan states. He stressed that after acceding to the EU, Croatia will undoubtedly play an important role in motivating and helping other Western Balkan states to integrate with the Union. Josipović remarked on the fact that Croatia has lately been the driving force behind numerous regional initiatives.
Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Enn Eesmaa was also present at the meeting.
The Riigikogu Press Service