“Five years ago, on July 1st 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. This was preceded by eight difficult years of negotiations.

The fifth anniversary was marked with a concert at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb on Saturday night, featuring performances of classical works by European and Croatian composers. The ceremony was attended by top state officials, led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković.

Speaking for Croatian Television Jandroković, who led the Croatian delegation for negotiations with Brussels from 2008 to 2011, noted: ‘If the Homeland War had not been forced upon us we would have joined the EU in 2004. That would have meant tens of billions of Euros that would have flooded into the country for the development of our society. It is certain that if we then joined the EU then, today we would be among the most developed post-communist countries in Europe.'” (Voice of Croatia)

“Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic spoke on Friday in Brussels with the Slovenian caretaker Prime Minister Miro Cerar about the process of forming the new government in Slovenia and commented on the country’s decision to lift restrictions on Croatian workers as of July 1.

‘Slovenia decided to lift restrictions on Croatian workers’ freedom of movement, and now only Austria still has these restrictions in place. In some other circumstances this would be a great success, but in the context of demographic revitalisation and population drain we don’t see it like that any more. In the last four months, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Slovenia have lifted these restrictions. We will now reciprocally lift restrictions for Slovenian workers,’ Plenkovic said.” (N1)

“Croatia will mark five years of European Union independence on Sunday the 1st of July and according to information from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce the country has benefited economically for membership.

The Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK) said that by joining the EU on July 1, 2013 Croatia had achieved one of its main foreign policy objectives and formally became part of the European single market.

With full membership has come the benefits of not having tariffs on exports to EU countries and this has led to a strong increase in exports. However, it also means that other EU members can export their goods to Croatia much easier and cheaper.” (Dubrovnik Times)