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FM Says Croatia Can Join the EU without Lisbon Treaty

Brussels, 17 June - Croatia can join the EU without the Lisbon Treaty, Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel said Tuesday as Croatia opened two more of the 35 policy chapters which it must successfully close to qualify for full-fledged membership. "The EU is ready for Croatia, we want Croatia to be ready for EU as soon as possible," Rupel said.

Luxembourg, Luksemburg.
Odprtje dveh novih poglavij v pristopnih pogajanjih Hrvaške z Evropsko unijo.
Hrvaški zunanji minister Gordan Jandroković in slovenski zunanji minister Dimitrij Rupel.
Foto: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (second from left) with Croatian journalists at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Jandrokovic (left) and his Slovenian counterpart Dimitrij Rupel at EU-Croatia accession council.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

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