17:35 / 28.06.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Plenković says Croatia has achieved its strategic goals

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Croatian independence, the Hanza Media publishing house organized a conference on Croatia's achievements over the past three decades.

In his address Prime Minister Andrej Plenković noted that Croatia had achieved its primary strategic goals - from winning the Homeland War to its Euro-Atlantic integration. He added however, that important reforms still lay ahead, primarily the judiciary and public administration - which should accelerate economic growth, but also increase the standard of living of citizens.

"It is the way it is, and we are the way we are. Let's not kid ourselves. All of this is in some way the inheritance of all the previous administrations, policies, transitions, circumstances, strengths, weaknesses, courage, decisiveness, or calculations and opportunism. All of these elements are a part of the policies and our joint chi of the past 30 years," Plenković said.

The Prime Minister also said that Croatia was on the cusp of achieving four new strategic goals, membership of the Schengen Area and the Eurozone, the completion of the Pelješac Bridge and the acquisition of new fighter jets for the Croatian Armed Forces. 

Economic analyst Velimir Šonje said that Croatia must take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead: "Today Croatia is more developed and better than she was twenty, and especially 30 years ago, and in many things she is better than she was ten years ago. And for this reason I will conclude on a positive note, because I personally believe that over the coming ten years Croatia has an excellent opportunity for further development."

At the conference Prime Minister Plenković also reiterated his call for citizens to get vaccinated, as this would have a direct effect on Croatia's economy: "There are plenty of judges, every other country is a judge. They'll whistle off-side without the Video Assist Referee. They'll call a penalty for the smallest infraction. And without blinking they'll tell their citizens; don't go to Croatia. And then it is no longer an issue of vaccination rate, but one of money, financial stability, the economy and tourism as a whole."

Also attending the conference were Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Marić and Labour and Pension System, Family and Social Policy Minister Josip Aladrović.

Source: HRT

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