BELGRADE – The Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has sent to EU member states a document with the detailed explanation of three conditions that Zagreb would like to translate into the bloc’s measures toward Serbia as part of the opening of Chapter 23, the Zagreb-based daily Vecernji List reports.

Citing a source from the EU, Vecernji says that the arguments have not yet persuaded any of the 27 countries to back Croatia.

According to unofficial information, during her stay in Bratislava from Friday to Sunday, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic tried in informal conversations with presidents and other participants of the GLOBSEC Forum to explain Croatia’s arguments in the dispute with Serbia concerning Chapter 23, but also failed to garner the expected support, the daily says.

Ivan Jakovcevic, an MEP of the Istrian Democratic Assembly, openly criticizes Croatia’s move, adding that the blockade could only be counterproductive, the daily adds.

“On one hand, this is considered to be a bilateral problem of two Balkan countries; and on the other – today, Serbia is important to the EU, and well positioned,” Jakovcic said.