18:43 / 01.06.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Šuica elected as vice-president of the European People's Party

EPP Vice-president Dubravka Šuica

EPP Vice-president Dubravka Šuica

Foto: Luka Stanzl / PIXSELL

A congress of the European People's Party, the largest bloc in European Parliament, was held in Rotterdam on Wednesday. The EPP gathers the center-right political parties from throughout Europe, including the HDZ from Croatia.

At today's congress the EPP elected its new party leadership. The new EPP president is Manfred Weber from Germany, replacing Donald Tusk from Poland. Ten new party vice-presidents were also elected, among them Croatia's Dubravka Šuica (HDZ). Šuica, who is also the European Commission vice-president for Democracy and Demography, said after her election that it was an important day for the HDZ and Croatia: "I think it is important that we got this seat and that I have become the first vice-president in history from Croatia and the HDZ. I think it shows how strong the HDZ is at the European level, and how much they respect us. Manfred Webber's program is entirely compatible with the program of the European Commission and our priorities. I don't see any significant differences between the work of the European Commission, where I also serve as the Vice President, and the work of the European Peoples Party."

EPP calls for electoral and constitutional reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Earlier in the day the European People's Party adopted a resolution calling for electoral and constitutional reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina in line with rulings of international courts and the Constitutional Court in Sarajevo. HDZ Member of European Parliament, Tomislav Sokol: "The resolution addresses the equality of the three constituent peoples and the idea of constituency. It mentions the ruling of the Constitutional Court in Sarajevo, which is in line with what Croats want, that no other population can elect their political representatives. And it touches on election law reform, which is especially important."

Leading the HDZ delegation in Rotterdam was HDZ leader and Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković. In his address to the congress Plenković called on the EPP to be the leading political force in condemning and sanctioning Russia. He also said that Ukraine deserves candidate status for membership of the European Union, a position echoed by Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman: "In our condemnation of the Russian invasion into Ukraine, we strongly supported continued Europe-wide support for Ukraine and the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. Obviously Croatia and the European Peoples Party will do their best to try to resolve the issue of possible EU candidate status for Ukraine."

Source: HRT

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