Hello and hi. 2013 included an enlargement of the EU. You do know what the EU is? Am guessing you do or we simply can’t be friends. That being said, Croatia joined the EU as its 28th member state on 1 July 2013. They had applied for membership back in 2003 and the European Commission recommended making it an official candidate in early 2004. See how long these things take? And now the EU wants the UK to trigger Article 50 in a fortnight (2 weeks). Well, they can go fly a kite. We are a bit busy here in Britain as our PM has just resigned and the Labour Party is spectacularly imploding. So you lot, will need to wait a New York minute-then wait some more, before we trigger Article 50. Now, back to Croatia…
While I have never been to Croatia, I do know a little about it. And today you will know more about Croatia too. You are welcome. Croatia is a small country between the Mediterranean Sea and Central Europe. It was one of the republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and became independent in 1991. It joined the EU on 1 July 2013, as I have previously mentioned .
Croatia is one of the richest countries of the Balkan Peninsula (and of the former Yugoslavia’s countries). However, Croatia had also the highest cost prices of the whole of Central Europe. The average monthly salary in Croatia is approximately 1000USD/739euro. The retirement age for men is 65 and for women 60. Also, education is free and is required until the age of 15 but many choose to complete their schooling in high school at the age of 18.
Many Croatians have said that since joining the EU in 2013, their economic progress has been disappointing. Yikes. You see, Croatia is still stuck in what seems like an endless recession. Its enough to make any Croatian reach for a shot of rakija. Rakija is the collective term for a fruit brandy, popular in the Balkans. The alcohol content is at 40%. Oh my goodness. I’ll just take water with lemon, thanks.
Croatia is still finding its feet after decades as part of Communist Yugoslavia. And EU membership theoretically brings access to funds for small and medium enterprises-getting hold of the cash can be a challenge. I guess this is where Brussels and the IMF step in-but I am no economist. I am only a blogger…who eats cakes and dreams of Mulberry boots.
When it comes to Croatia, a period of adjustment was always to be expected-especially considering Croatia’s tumultuous recent history. In order for Croatia to have a successful membership, you guys are going to need outside help-but not necessarily a bailout. I do hope the EU works for U. In my limited experience of all things geopolitical, only the larger countries have benefited from an EU membership. But good luck to you. As for us here in the UK, we have left the EU. We have had a decree nisi in a sense, and now we are trying to work out terms and conditions. Wish us luck. For real.