ZAGREB, June 25, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday issued a message on the occasion of Independence Day, a memorial day marking the historic decision of the Croatian parliament for Croatia to separate from other Yugoslav republics.
“This year we observe Independence Day as a memorial day commemorating the Croatian parliament’s historic decision, the adoption of the constitutional decision on Croatia’s sovereignty and independence, and the declaration on Croatia’s sovereignty and independence, which confirmed the will of the Croatian people to establish an independent state,” Plenkovic said in his message.
Recalling the Great Serbian aggression that stood in the way of the country’s independence and international recognition and Croatian people’s sacrifice for its freedom and independence, Plenkovic expressed gratitude to all Croatian defenders and their families, noting that Croatia today was a society based on patriotism and universal values of freedom, democracy, solidarity, rule of law and social equity.
Noting that Croatia was successfully completing its EU presidency, Plenkovic said that the country had dealt, in the best way possible, with a number of extraordinary situations during its presidency, mentioning in that context the coronavirus pandemic.
He recalled that his government had introduced economic measures to support the private sector and help save more than half a million jobs and 100,000 businesses.
Plenkovic said the government would continue adopting measures to protect the lives and health of all citizens, ensure the country’s economic recovery, and continue implementing the necessary reforms to improve citizens’ living standards.