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Strasbourg, 15 February 2011

Statement by Commissioner Štefan Füle following the meeting with Croatian Prime Minister

I have had a very useful and constructive meeting with Prime Minister Kosor. We have discussed the importance of maintaining the momentum of the accession negotiations and of tackling the remaining outstanding issues so that the EU accession process can be concluded.

I emphasised on my side that Croatia needs to focus in particular on fulfilling all the closing benchmarks of chapter 23 - Judiciary and Fundamental rights. I thanked the Prime Minister for the information that Croatia has provided on the progress achieved so far on each of the benchmarks. We will carefully take into account this information, in view of our upcoming interim report on this chapter due by the middle of March.

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