EU citizens will be able to freely buy property in Croatia from February 1st, 2009, while the existing restrictions will be valid only for other foreigners.
It should be noted that foreigners are even now successfully bypassing obstacles to purchase real estates by establishing companies or through the purchase of Croatian citizens. However, on February 1st, 2009 a big psychological barrier will be gone and individuals who are citizens of the EU Member States will be able to buy real estates in Croatia.
According to the document that Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations, Gordan Jandroković has sent to President of the National Committee for monitoring the negotiations with EU, Vesna Pusić, such a decision will take effect by virtue of article 60 of Stabilization and Association Agreement, and EU citizens will be provided with the same treatment as Croatian citizens at acquiring properties.
Croatia's negotiating position is that the free purchase of agricultural land and forests, for which it was suggested a transitional period of 12 years from the date of Croatia's entry into the EU will not be liberalized, as well as land in national parks and nature parks, considering that Croatian citizens can not buy properties in such areas as well.