During the week of May 14th I went with political adviser Emma McClarkin to Croatia. The visit was organised with a free-market think-tank The Adriatic Institute, and I met a wide range of people including local entrepreneurs, inward investors, member-state ambassadors, chambers of commerce, the press, academics and lawyers — these last in the “European House” in Diocletian’s summer palace in
Split! They all agreed that Croatia has serious problems of corruption, and that pressures for reform as part of EU accession negotiations are failing to deliver. All, that is, except the government, which is in denial. I briefly met Prime Minister Sanader, and had a longer meeting with the State Secretary for economic strategy.
These problems have implications for Croatian accession. But why does it matter to the East Midlands? Only insofar as prosperity and stability on the EU’s South Eastern borders are in all our interests. But a profoundly corrupt Croatia in the EU, and exporting thousands of its nationals to the UK, could be a problem. For more details, see my web-site on www.rogerhelmer.com.