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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Finland Ratifies Croatia's EU Accession Treaty

The ratification process is going pretty well much as expected. Fantastic news as Croatia's future and orientation follows the same course of Slovenia (and other Ex-Jugoslav Republics now) away from Serbo-Balkan mentality and politics towards Europe, and especially Central Europe which it has always been a part of anyway. All the countries involved in the ratification process know that. Croatia decided in the 90's it didn't want no part of the continuing of 19th century Greater-Serbia politics, or 20th century Serb communist/nationalistic/extremest backwardness. (Sometimes even including elements and politics that harken back to the pre-enlightenment era). The now independent nations of that 20th century mishmash country agree. Zagreb’s economic relations are solidly with the EU – in particular its historic trading partners such as Germany, Austria and Italy, who also have opted for progress. Croatia's political friends are in Vienna, Budapest, Rome, Warsaw, Madrid, Oslo, Helsinki, and yes, even Moscow occasionally for important thingsetc. (Yep, even Moscow, they named a city after Peter the Great after all, so he must have done something right and knew what he was doing)

In 2010 Austria was the number one investor and Italy was the top export market for Croatia. German-Croatian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Klaus Mangold, also said that German business wants to be the number one investor in Croatia. i.e. overtaking Austria and the Netherlands.

If you are doing business with Croatia, you need to get the context right, dig a little deeper, forget about the so-called "Yugoslavia experiments" of the last century and pay no mind to the current neverending nationalistic festering rhetoric and bullshit coming from Serbia and Belgrade former-commie apparatchiks and crytpto-commie nihilists and subversive anarchist gurus. The kind who still worship Slobodan Milosevic, Vojeslav Seselj, Radovan Karadzic, Ratko Mladic and many other Serbian church blessed genocidal wackos. (More on that here)  Croatia wasn't lucky enough to have had a peaceful common sense transition to independence and freedom, like the former Czechoslovakia or former Soviet Union, the Serb destruction and war machine caused an estimated 10 billion dollars worth of damages, that's not including deaths.

Look to Croatia’s  links with its actual economic, political and indeed cultural partners, such as Austria, Germany, Italy and the states of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire to understand Croatia today, who although all part of the same empire for centuries as well, they shared many and built their nations on,  the same values and ideals....From the RenaissanceAge of Enlightenment, the influence of Rationalism and of course all those nations possessing  similar foreign policies regarding their common enemy at the time as well.  I don't know how this news will affect the Serbian Trumpet Festival ticket prices or what comments Joao or Joao Joao may have about the Finnish EU ratification approval.  I guess the main thing is that Croatia isn't Serbian or Portuguese and we have absolutely nothing to do with the Cowtown Stampede or Benny Hinn and that's the main thing......


Finland is the 20th of the EU's 27 countries that should ratify the treaty by 1 July 2013, when Croatia is scheduled to join the Union. The ratification was supported by 131 deputies of the ruling coalition and part of the opposition, while 34 voted against. Before the vote, Leko met with Parliament Speaker Eero Heinaluoma, who described the vote as historic.

He said Finland and Croatia had enjoyed excellent relations for years, describing Croatia as a beautiful country of industrious people with approximately the same population as Finland. He said he saw the EU as a union of equals. I hope that in the future, after Croatia joins, the voice of the small peoples will be heard in the EU, said Heinaluoma.

 After the talks, Leko said Croatia and Finland were friends and partners, and that Finland believed Croatia was credible and on the right track. He said political cooperation between the two countries was good, especially on the parliamentary level. Much more can be done on the economic front and in tourism, energy and science, said Leko.

He also held talks with the chair of the Finnish parliament's Grand Committee, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri. After the talks, he is scheduled to meet with the chair of the foreign policy committee, Timo Soini, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, and the Finnish-Croatian inter-parliamentary friendship group.

 Croatia's Accession Treaty has not yet been ratified by Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. In some countries, the procedure is nearing completion, such as in Great Britain, France and Belgium. The other countries will wait for the European Commission's final monitoring report due in March.

The Finnish ratification confirms the very good political relations with Croatia and its support for Croatia's EU accession. Finland played a very active role in the transformation processes in Croatia, participating in the modernisation of the legal system as well as in twinning projects. About 30,000 Finnish tourists visit Croatia each year.

Former President Tarja Halonen visited Croatia in September 2009 and former Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor visited Finland in April 2010. Incumbent Croatian President Ivo Josipovic visited Finland in May 2011 and PM Zoran Milanovic in May 2012. On that occasion, Milanovic and Finnish PM Jyrki Katainen spoke of the operations of the Finnish company Patria and suspicion of wrongdoing in its sale of combat vehicles to the Croatian military.

They concluded this was a judicial and not a political issue. Katainen underlined the need to continue to reform the judiciary and improve the investment climate in Croatia. Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic visited Helsinki in late November.

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