Sumario: 24 June 2009, Brussels - The Czech EU presidency has decided to cancel the intergovernmental accession conference with Croatia planned for June 26.
Despite substantial efforts to facilitate a solution to the country´s border dispute with Slovenia, Croatia´s accession talks remain blocked and no new chapters can be formally opened or closed.
The border dispute remains a bilateral issue only Slovenia and Croatia can resolve. The presidency deeply regrets the fact that despite numerous attempts by the presidency and the European Commission to help find a way forward the negotiations have not progressed.
Agreement on technical level has been reached during the Czech EU presidency on provisionally closing Chapter 6 (Company Law) and Chapter 18 (Statistics) and opening Chapter 4 (Free Movement of Capital) and Chapter 16 (Taxation). In these chapters the border issue remains the only obstacle. The lack of formal progress in the negotiations with Croatia therefore does not match the actual progress achieved on ground by Croatia.