“We are so focused on the quality of Croatia’s accession negotiations that speculation about an eventual monitoring mechanism does not have any place and I take my responsibilities very seriously in this regard. I am not in the business of running an accession process that requires such a mechanism,” Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle said in an extensive interview for EurActiv.
This sounds as good news for Zagreb. Bulgaria and Romania’s EU accession in January 2007 was accompanied by a monitoring mechanism designed to guide those countries’ progress in the field of law enforcement. This mechanism has largely disappointed in terms of delivery and is seen by Sofia and Bucharest as a humiliation.
However, Bulgaria and Romania had been promised accession on 1 January 2007 a couple of years before they joined. Nobody so far has promised Croatia an accession date.
It appears that Brussels will not let any country to join the Union before it is fully ready. One ‘lesson learned’ is that the ‘soft power’ of the Union is much stronger before accession takes place.Georgi Gotev