The European People’s Party, the largest bloc in European Parliament, and of which Croatia’s HDZ Party is a full member, will be holding its congress and intra-party elections in Zagreb on the 20th and 21st of November.
Zagreb is hosting the upcoming congress of the European People's Party, opening up the possibility of the arrival of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. Vučić’s SDS Party is an associate member of the EPP. Asked to comment on this possibility, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that so far Vučić has not confirmed his arrival, and that if he does he will not be addressing Croatian Parliament.
"Look, he and his party are associate members of the European People's Party. He has been invited by EPP president Joseph Daul and if he want's to come he'll come. The decision to hold the congress of the EPP was made almost two years ago. This is an intra-party election and all EPP member parties, and their leaders and heads of state or government have been invited. Who ends up coming will be clear when they confirm their arrival," the PM said.
The possibility has raised concerns from many in Croatia, given Vučić’s rhetoric and thinly veiled support of the greater Serbian ideology. SDP MP Bojan Glavašević, whose father Siniša Glavašević was murdered during the Ovčara massacre in 1991 by Serb and JNA forces, said the possibility of Vučić being received in Croatian Parliament was abhorrent.
"Aleksandar Vučić's biography is one of hatred and evil. There is no place for him in our parliament building. If you truly cared about those who gave their lives for Croatia, who were banished from their homes, and who lost their loved ones, you will not invite Vučić to come here. Because, to receive this evildoer as a brother and only two days later visit Vukovar and the Ovčara Memorial, is simply hypocritical," Glavašević said.
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