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Parliamentary questions
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1 February 2006
by Cristiana Muscardini (UEN) , Roberta Angelilli (UEN) , Sergio Berlato (UEN) , Alessandro Foglietta (UEN) , Romano La Russa (UEN) , Umberto Pirilli (UEN) , Adriana Poli Bortone (UEN) and Salvatore Tatarella (UEN)
to the Commission

 Subject:  Right to own property in Croatia
 Answer in writing 

On 21 December 2005 the Rijeka-based Voce de Popolo newspaper published statements made to journalists by the Croatian Foreign Minister at the end-of-year reception held by the Head of State, Stipe Mesič. On the subject of access to the property market the minister stated that, in accordance with the association and stabilisation agreement with the European Union, Croatia applied it own national laws to the sale of property to foreign nationals. Where private individuals were involved, such sales were based on the principle of reciprocity, which applied to all countries, including Italy. The Italian authorities had been requested to furnish details of the conditions under which Croatian citizens might purchase property in Italy, but to date no reply had been received. In turn, in a summary record sent to the Croatian Foreign Ministry on 19 December, the Italian authorities have stated that at a joint meeting held on 10 and 11 October 2005, Italy said that, without prejudice to any bilateral agreements on civil rights existing between the two countries, there were no barriers under Italian law to non-resident Croatian citizens acquiring property where the same rights existing under Croatian law. The Croatian side has, at the technical level, expressed the view that an exchange of notes should take place with a view to settling the matter.

1. Can the Commission ascertain whether the summary record of a joint meeting (that of 10 and 11 October 2005) constitutes a satisfactory reply to the Croatian Government on this matter?

2. If there are any doubts about this, why does the Croatian Government not initiate an exchange of notes, as was proposed at the technical level by a Croatian representative?

3. Would the Commission not agree that the Croatian minister's statements might give rise to further tension between the two parties and thus militate against the relaxed atmosphere required for the negotiations with the EU, which have come in for criticism, including during a demonstration held in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg by refugees from Istria and Dalmatia and focusing among other things on the issue of property ownership?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 328, 30/12/2006
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