Croatia and Serbia to pursue war reparations

Davor Stier (centre), European Parliament member from the Croatian Democratic Union, rasied the issue of war reparations with EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule. [Facebook/Davor Stier]

Croatia and Serbia to pursue war reparations

Experts said reparations are important to reconciliation in the region.

Davor Stier (centre), European Parliament member from the Croatian Democratic Union, rasied the issue of war reparations with EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule. [Facebook/Davor Stier]

Croatia and Serbia may soon begin negotiations on paying reparations for material damages in the 1991-95 war in Croatia, officials said.

The legal basis for this process is the 1996 agreement on normalisation of relations signed by Croatia and the then-Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, consisting of Serbia and Montenegro.

Article 7 of the agreement stipulates the two countries should enter another agreement on compensation for all destroyed, damaged or missing property six months after the signing of the document.

But such an agreement was never concluded.

Article 7 also stipulates the agreement on compensation will be "determined by methods of exercising the right to just compensation, which does not involve court proceedings."

As Croatia became an EU member last year and Serbia opened accession negotiations last month, Croatian European Parliament representatives led by Davor Stier of the Croatian Democratic Union asked the European Commission to update the 1996 agreement.

"We believe it is important that the EU insists on adhering to international treaties such as that shown on the example of European arrest warrant. So we asked Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule to what extent the European Commission emphasised the importance of respecting the agreement on normalisation of relations, with particular emphasis on the application of article 7," Stier told SETimes.

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