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The Embassy represented at the celebration of Europe Day in Zagreb

On Saturday May 12 2018, the Embassy participated in the festive celebration of Europe Day 2018 that falls annually on May 9.

In honour of the occasion, flag-decorated stands were placed on the central Europski trg (European Square) in Zagreb where many of the Embassy of EU countries in Zagreb presented and informed about their respective countries. The Danish Embassy brought both flags and balloons for the visitors, brochures for the interested spectators, and Danish cookies for those who wanted.

The Embassy of Bulgaria in Zagreb was – as representatives of the EU presidency – one of the main organizers of the event, and on a big stage on the square Bulgarian folk dance and music was performed.

Among others, the Croatia Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, and the Croatian Minister for Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Marija Pejčinović Burić, visited the Danish stand where they were offered Danish cookies and had a conversation with the Ambassador while the son of the Prime Minister got a balloon and a Danish flag.

The Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic shaking hands with the Ambassador of Denmark

From left to right, the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejcinovic Buric, the Ambassador of Denmark Christian Thorning, and the Head of Representation of the European Commission in Croatia Branko Baricevic in front of the Danish stand

Europe Day marks the tentative beginnings of the EU with the then French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Schuman, presenting the so-called Schuman Declaration on May 9 1950. The Declaration proposed the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, which later developed into the European Communities (EC), the predecessor of the European Union (EU) as we know it from 2009. Already in the Schuman Declaration, however, further cooperation than within the coal and steel industries was anticipated as it is stated: “By pooling basic production and by instituting a new High Authority, whose decisions will bind France, Germany and other member countries, this proposal will lead to the realization of the first concrete foundation of a European federation indispensable to the preservation of peace”.

To read more about the Schuman Declaration, its full text and the historical background, you can visit this webpage.