She was speaking at an event at Plitvice Lakes which discussed how to strengthen the position of women in Croatia and Europe, held as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Glavak said a division into men’s and women’s departments was not felt in the EP because the persons there were competent, but added that a balance had not been achieved anywhere in Europe.
She called on citizens to engage in a debate on that and other European topics via the Commission’s platform “futureu.europa.eu.”
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said four women ministers in Croatia’s 18 government departments was not enough, but added that they “run important departments and make a big contribution to this government.”
He boasted that Croatian women hold high positions in European institutions – Dubravka Šuica is a Commission vice president, Marija Pejčinović Burić the Council of Europe secretary-general, Ivana Maletić a judge at the European Court of Auditors, and Maja Markovčić Kostelac the head of the European Maritime Safety Agency.
“As a government, we will continue to make an effort towards empowering and protecting women, towards equality and women’s participation at a higher level and a high representation percentage,” he said.
Present at the Plitvice conference were Tourism and Sport Minister Nikolina Brnjac, Culture and Media Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Nataša Tramišak and Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković, while Šuica and EPP Women President Doris Pack participated virtually.
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