The 1st of July 2013 saw Croatia officially enlisted into the European family as the 28th member.

It was a long journey that took ten years to complete as Croatia applied for membership in 2003 and was granted candidate status in the middle of 2004.

Croatia finished accession negotiations on 30 June 2011, and on 9 December 2011, signed the Treaty of Accession. A referendum on EU accession was held in Croatia on 22 January 2012, with 66 percent of participants voting in favour of joining the Union.

The ratification process was concluded on 21 June 2013, and entry into force and accession of Croatia to the EU took place on 1 July 2013.

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