Croatia to join the EU by July 1, 2013

Two-thirds of the Croatian people have voted for the country’s accession to the European Union in yesterday’s referendum. The referendum was held after the president and parliament previously decided to join the EU. The referendum was the last step in the accession of the Mediterranean country, a process that started after it became a candidate country in 2004. When Croatia will join the European Union on July 1, 2013 it will be its 28th Member State.

I hold warm memories of my time working in Zagreb to assist the government in Zagreb preparing the Act on Technical Requirements for Products and on Conformity Assessment, the Act on Metrology, as well as several technical regulations (on machinery safety, low voltage, EMC, non-automatic weighing instruments etc). I congratulate my old colleagues like Snjezana Zima, Mirko Vukovic, Tamara Obradovic and all those others persons who worked so hard to transpose the European New Approach Directives and prepared changes to the Croatian quality infrastructure. I still admire their professionalism, patience and perseverance. It’s due to people like them that we now can celebrate Croatia’s accession to the European Union. Hvala!

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