Croatia Clashes with Brussels on Adriatic Fishing
CROATIA: December 7, 2006
ZAGREB - Croatia clashed with the European Union on Wednesday over its plan
to create a protected zone in the Adriatic Sea to preserve fish stocks and
When the Croatian parliament decided to set up the zone, it agreed to exempt
neighbouring Slovenia and Italy, both members of the bloc which Zagreb hopes
to join in 2010.
But Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, under pressure from the opposition and the
powerful fishing lobby, signalled last week that he might go back on the
An angry EU Commission urged Croatia in a strongly worded statement on
Wednesday to keep its word.
"It would be detrimental to Croatia's credibility as a reliable partner in
the region if it came out now with a unilateral move by activating the
zone," the Commission said.
Sanader replied that Croatia had every right to proclaim the zone and
accused the Commission's representative in Zagreb of overstepping his
authority by questioning the legality of Croatia's actions.
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