Croatia votes yes to Europe
The Croatian people voted ‘Yes’ in a referendum yesterday to joining the European Union (EU).
Around 66% of those who voted decided to vote ‘Yes’ to joining the European Union with 33% voting ‘No’ and 1% of the votes invalidated.
Turnout, however, was low at just 44%, which suggests that there is either concern at joining or confusion as to what exactly it means, especially at a time when the bloc is in a financial crisis.
The decision means that Croatia, with its 4.5 million people, will join the EU on 1st July 2013, provided the decision is ratified by all EU member states. The decision also means that Croatia will, when it meets the required fiscal criteria, will join the Eurozone.