EU commission says Croatia ready for entry

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - The European Commission says that Croatia has fulfilled the conditions set for entry will be ready to join the 27-nation bloc as planned on July 1.

The commission approved on Tuesday its last monitoring report on the Balkan country's accession process. It says that Croatia has "shown the will and ability to fulfill all outstanding commitments in good time before accession."

The EU's enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fule, told the Croatian government in Zagreb that "Croatia's is a success for enlargement... a good example for the rest of the region as it moves closer to the EU."

Other Balkan countries are lagging behind in the integration process. Montenegro has opened accession negotiations, but Serbia and Bosnia are yet to start the process, which usually lasts for years.