The Croatian President was on the Island of Brač on Wednesday where she participated in an international scientific conference in the resort town of Bol titled “Challenges of Europe.”
In her address President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović stressed that the EU and each member state individually should be focused on growth, global competitiveness and the welfare of citizens. She warned however, that both the EU and individual member states currently lack a clear vision and strategy.
"If we focus solely on problems, instead of goals, we do not see a wider picture, and this dislodges us from what we should be focused on: growth, global competitiveness and the well-being of our people. I am convinced that by target-oriented thinking we can deal with all these issues with much greater efficiency and success," the president said.
She added that everyone needs to do their part, be it at the national or regional level within the EU, noting that putting a stronger emphasis on achieving the EU's cohesion goals should be among the first tasks. "I believe that a combination of politics with long term goals and vision combined with your knowledge and problem solving expertise is a winning combination for Europe."
President Grabar-Kitarović also underlined the Three Seas Initiative, which aims to contribute to the economic development of Central Europe, so as to achieve a true convergence of the economies of the member countries towards Western Europe, in particular through the development of interconnected infrastructure links in energy, transport and digital networks.
"At its core the initiative is focused on the prosperity of the entire European Union, because a strong Central Europe means a stronger Europe as a whole, especially its energy independence and security, economic, social and territorial cohesion," she concluded.
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