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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, visit to Croatia

Press Release
Zagreb
19-05-2017
Antonio Tajani, visit to Croatia  
Antonio Tajani, visit to Croatia

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, was in Croatia for an official visit on Friday. He met with the President of the Republic, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Speaker of the Parliament, Gordan Jandroković and the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković.

He also gave a speech on the future of Europe at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It focused on the future of Europe and the key role Croatia must play, both as a member of the European Union and as a strong advocate for stability in the region.

President Tajani stated:

"I am convinced that Croatia’s accession to the European Union is a resounding success. Single market membership and EU funding have helped to contribute to the country’s increasing growth in recent years. Croatia has left the crisis in its wake and employment is growing. The country’s stability is essential so that - also due to Brexit - it can make its voice heard more in Europe. Croatia has a key role in promoting stability and peace in the Balkans. This is one of the reasons why the European Union needs Croatia to be a strong model for integration and development in the region.

Since its inception, the European Union has helped to tear down walls and open new spaces of freedom. We have to work in order for Croatia to join the Schengen area as soon as possible.

I am sure that Croatia, with a prime minister who is a convinced European, will be a key player in changing Europe together in order to bring it closer to its citizens.”

President Tajani also met Furio Radin, the Chairman of the Croatian Parliament’s Committee on Human and National Minority Rights.

Please click on the following link to follow audio-visual coverage of President Tajani’s visit to Croatia.

For further information:

europarl.president.press@europarl.europa.eu