EU Council gave the green light on Croatia joining the union

epa02792824 Croatian and the EU flag are seen on Croatia’s government building at the St. Mark square in Zagreb, Croatia, 24 June 2011. The EU Council gave the green light in Bruxelles for Croatia to finish negotiation with the EU and join the union, with membership likely to start first on July 2013. Croatia celebrates the 20 years of independence after it part ways with former Yugoslavia. EPA/ANTONIO BAT