The Croatian parliament on Friday decided to hold a referendum on the country's entry into the European Union on January 22, a move enabling Zagreb to eventually join the bloc in mid-2013.
It was the first major decision by Croatia's new parliament, dominated by the centre-left coalition, a day after its inauguration following December 4 general elections.
A total of 124 of 136 deputies present backed the decision “calling for a state referendum on a decision on Croatia's accession into the EU” to be held within a month. The remaining 12
Earlier this month Croatia signed an EU-accession treaty, paving the way for it to become the bloc's full-fledged member on July 1, 2013.