Croatia More Recognisable Worldwide Due to EU Membership

By 1 July 2018

ZAGREB, July 1, 2018 - Croatia is more visible and more recognisable in the world thanks to EU membership, promoting its goals better through the creation and making of decisions at European level, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday on the occasion of Croatia's five years in the EU.

By becoming the EU's 28th member state, Croatia achieved one of its main foreign policy goals, becoming part of one of the most developed communities in the world, the ministry said. "The European Union is a community which enables its member states and all its citizens to live in a stable framework of democracy, protection of human and minority rights, strong and efficient institutions, a market economy and social protection", the ministry said.

Croatia strongly supports those European values and, in partnership with the other member states, it actively contributes to the development of the EU which, as the 28th member state, it has enriched in many areas, from Croatian as another official language of the union to the cultural, historical and artistic heritage, traditional products, biodiversity and other contributions, the ministry said.

The achievements of Croatia's five years in the EU are an incentive to continue to work on Croatia's development and its full integration into the European project, it added.

"The important tasks on that journey are accession to the Schengen and euro areas and, in the first half of 2020, presiding over the Council of the European Union. With that, Croatia will contribute even more actively to the European project of peace, stability and prosperity as well as to the overall development of the European Union," the ministry said.