A round table meeting was held in Zagreb on Friday hosted by the Croatian Paneuropean Union titled "Prospects and Challenges Facing the EU Today".
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković spoke at the event which discussed themes such as Brexit, the migration crisis, further EU expansion, non-democratic countries, and the spread of false information.
Mislav Ježić, the president of the Croatian Paneuropean Union, said it was important for Croatians to participate in the upcoming EU Parliamentary elections and make their voiced heard among the policy makers in Brussels and around EU.
The Prime Minister discussed Croatia joining the EU in 2013 and said he expected the country to continue improving its economic and geopolitical standing as a result. Plenković praised the major European Union expansion from 2004 and underlined the leap in success enjoyed by countries such as Poland and the Czech Republic.
"This is a very simple and contextual formula whereby we can clearly see how good it was for Croatia to achieve this goal in 2013," said Plenković. "We will also have the unique opportunity in 2020 when we assume the Presidency of the Council of the Europe. Therefore, within only the last three decades have gone from a country which was not internationally recognized or even existed on the international stage to being in control of 500 million Europeans in 2020," he concluded.
Branko Baričević, the European Commission representative in Croatia, said over 1000 discussions have been held with the public since Croatia joined the EU in 2013. In the first few years, he noted, the topics were almost exclusively economic in nature, now just a few years later, Croatians were more concerned with security.
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