Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, said the accession negotiations for future EU members will last longer than was the practice in the past. “Quality takes precedence over speed,” he said in a conversation with Austria’s Tiroler Tageszeitung. Hanh said lessons have been learnt, reflecting on the membership of Hungary and Romania: “At the end of such process citizens expect the rule of law, which was seen in the protests against corruption in Romania.” According to him, the processes being supported in the Western Balkans are expected to achieve irreversible status, make progress in establishing the rule of law and fight against corruption.
Croats love to hang out with their families more than most Europeans, according to a recent survey conducted by Eurostat on the quality of life amongst Europeans. They also like to engage in a physical activity, walk, ride a bike and are also amongst the highest ranked countries in Europe when it comes to feeling safe. At the same time they rarely travel, although they would like to, but more than half of the households can not afford an annual one-week holiday. They are also unlikely to go to cultural and sporting events and attending courses is not really their thing. The data published by the Croatian National Statistical Institute also shows that Croats like spending time with their families.
According to Eurostat, in Croatia there are 319.1 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. This is less than in Austria (509.7) but more than in Poland (232.8). Bulgaria has most dentists in Europe, with 105.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, while Poland is at the bottom of the list (33.2). Croatia has 79.5 dentists per 100,000 inhabitants. In Croatia, life expectancy at birth is 78.2 years, which is less than the EU average at 81 years. Croatia is, however, above the European average in the number of working hours per week: Croats work on average 38.8 hours a week, while the European average is 36.4 hours.