In cooperation with the embassies of EU member states, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia marked Europe Day in Split on Tuesday, 8 May.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Croatia, Ambassador Paul Vandoren and Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Branko Grčić met Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Ante Sanader and Deputy Mayors of Split Jure Šundov and Anđelka Visković. Talking about the social and economic situation in the region, Ambassador Vandoren pointed out that investments, foreign or domestic, are one of the most important tools for dealing with unemployment.
Ambassador Vandoren and Deputy Prime Minister Grčić also had a chance to talk to Split citizens. While students wanted to know whether Croatian citizens will have equal opportunities to study and find jobs in the EU as those of other EU member states, entrepreneurs and craftsmen were primarily interested in access to EU funds that will be available to Croatia after the accession. Reminding that there are only 14 months left to Croatia's accession to the EU, the ambassador said it was important to prepare projects, so that Croatia could draw as much money as possible from the funds available after the accession.
After the meeting with the citizens, the Ambassador and Deputy Prime Minister held a lecture, “After Croatia’s Ratification of the EU Accession Treaty: What is next?" Talking about shipbuilding during the lecture, Ambassador Vandoren pointed out that privatization of that industry is an important commitment Croatia had taken during the accession negotiations with the EU. He expressed his belief that a suitable privatization model will be found for '3. maj' and 'Brodotrogir' shipyards.
In the afternoon, the citizens had an opportunity to learn more about the European Union at the stands at Split's Prokurative. They could also taste dishes of the national cuisines of all the EU member states, including Croatia as a future member. Ambassador Vandoren and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusić pointed out that cuisine is a part of identity and culture of every country.
Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia