The Vienna leadership is standing behind not only the inclusion of the "privileged partneship" amendment in the framework document, but also pushing for a firm date on the calendar for EU accession talks with Croatia. Accession talks with Croatia, originally scheduled for March 16 of this year, were in fact put off due to that country's "lack of cooperation" with the International War Crimes Court. A report on Croatia's status as far as the International War Crimes Court is concerned is expected this weekend from Italian prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.
If the report is negative, it is anticipated that a "Turkey veto" will be used as a trump card by Austria and Croatia, in order to secure an accession talks start date despite problems with international justice organs. Turkey has already made it clear that if Austria succeeds in achieving its "privileged partnership" amendment goal, it will not be heading to Luxembourg on Monday.