Croatia Holds First EP ElectionsWorld | April 14, 2013, Sunday // 12:30| views
Croatia is to officially become an EU Member State on July 1, 2013. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Croatians are going to the polls Sunday to elect their first ever Members of the European Parliament.
The country is to officially become an EU Member State on July 1, 2013.
Nineteen parties, eight coalitions, and ne civic group are running for 12 seats in the EP. The threshold is 5%.
The new MEPs will be sworn in office after July 1. Voter turnout is expected to be low over dimming enthusiasm over the EU perspective and a lackluster election campaign.
Polls suggests the ruling Social Democrats party and its two junior coalition partners will take six of the 12 seats, while the rest will be probably won by the opposition conservative HDZ party and the Labor Party.
After Slovenia, Croatia will be the only other of six former Yugoslav republics to join the EU so far.