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1 Jul

Croatia celebrates as it joins the EU

CroatiaCroatia has become the 28th member of the European Union today.  Just over two decades after declaring independence from socialist Yugoslavia and being engulfed in war this beautiful country and popular holiday destination has become a part of the EU.

The most popular holiday resorts in Croatia include those in the north on the Dalmatian Coast; the Dubrovnik Riviera resorts in the south, such as Plat, Mlini, and Cavtat; and those on the Istrian Riviera, which include Porec, Pula, and Rovinj. And there are some beautiful islands, such as Brac, Korcula, and Hvar.

The 28 EU member states have a combined population of 507 million people.  Croatians are celebrating today as their country is set to become even more popular as a getaway for tourists.  It is hoped that Croatia’s accession will strengthen Europe as it faced global challenges.

Croatia began formal accession talks in 2005 after it applied for EU membership in 2003. The accession treaty was signed by leaders from the EU and Croatia in December 2011.  Croatia is the second country from the former Yugoslavia area to join the EU, following Slovenia’s accession in 2004.

Travel Tip: The Croatian currency is the Kuna, which is divided into 100 lipas.Don’t rely on Euros.