An annual conference of ambassadors, general consuls and military attaches of the Republic of Croatia was held today where President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman spoke about guidelines for Croatian foreign and European policy.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković commented on the Mađarević case and condemned the racist and xenophobic stances of suspended Elizabeta Mađarević, telling those gathered to keep an eye on their associates.
President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović agreed with the Prime Minister and added that the incident took place, among other things, because of lapses in the system.
The case of the suspended diplomat from the embassy in Germany partially overshadowed the conference where it was noted that diplomacy has had a series of successes, but also faces new challenges, threats, while opportunities should be approached innovatively and creatively.
The election of Marija Pejčinović Burić as the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe was cited as the biggest diplomatic success followed by the election of Ivana Maletić to the European Court of Auditors.
Although it has not yet been said what agency Croatia will get in the European Commission, those gathered were unanimous in saying that Dubravka Šuica is a good candidate for the new Croatian commissioner.
The state leadership agreed that the biggest challenge facing Croatia in the near future is chairmanship over the Council of the European Union, while Prime Minister Plenković recalled that one of the priorities of the chairmanship will be demographic revitalization. “The demographic problem is not only present in Croatia but all of Europe, said the Prime Minister.
Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković called upon diplomats to listen in to events affecting foreign policy and to approach Croatian diplomacy in a creative and original manner, while President Grabar-Kitarović called upon diplomats to firstly be patriotic in order to best represent Croatia.
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