Thomson ReutersJune 12, 2013 13:32
By Zoran Radosavljevic
ZAGREB (Reuters) - At 700,000 euros, Croatia's budget to celebrate arguably the biggest moment in its 22 years as an independent state might seem a little modest.
When Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, champagne flowed and thousands of cheering people poured into the streets to mark a seminal moment in their emergence from Communism.
Croatia's July 1 accession finds the country, and the EU itself, in far more somber mood.