The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Thursday dismissed as untrue reports in the Serbian media that Croatia had given its consent in writing for Serbia to open Chapter 23 in its accession negotiations with the European Union, describing the reports as propaganda, aimed to misinform the public.
"This is pure propaganda aimed at misinforming the public," officials at the Croatian ministry said.
Citing unofficial sources, Serbian Radio-Television (RTS) and other media said today that Croatia had given its consent in writing for Serbia to open Chapter 23 in its accession negotiations with the European Union.
Croatia is the only EU member state which has did not greenlighted the opening of Chapter 23 on the judiciary and fundamental rights in June, RTS said.
EU president the Netherlands tried to achieve a consensus among the member states by taking the issue of the Croatian blockade to a higher level, but a Croatian representative said Croatia did not agree to the opening of the chapter because of three contentious issues - Serbia's regional jurisdiction for war crimes, Serbia's cooperation with the Hague war crimes tribunal, and Croatian minority representation in the Serbian parliament.