“The anniversaries of Croatia’s international recognition and the peaceful reintegration of the Danube region are important dates in the country’s history. We are marking them feeling proud of all our accomplishments and grateful to Croatian defenders and all others who sacrificed themselves for Croatia’s freedom and independence,” said Plenković.
He recalled that Croatia, a UN, NATO and EU member, was today a relevant partner in many global and regional organisations.
In the first half of 2020, Croatia chaired the Council of the European Union for the first time, in what were unprecedented circumstances in Europe and the rest of the world, he said.
“By continuing to strengthen Croatia’s international position, the government is committed to achieving the two remaining strategic goals – accession to the euro area and entry to the Schengen area,” said the PM.
Commenting on the coronavirus pandemic and the devastating earthquake that hit Croatia at the end of 2020, Plenković said that the Croatian people had shown unity, resilience and strength in the most difficult circumstances, and he thanked the numerous countries and organisations that had sent help to earthquake victims and shown solidarity with Croatia.
“We are embarking on a new decade with the ambition, despite all challenges, to continue making progress in terms of economic and social development and reforms, making the most of our increasingly strong international position and membership of the EU to the benefit of all citizens and with the aim of fast economic recovery,” Plenković said in his message.