Croatia's EU Membership and its Role in Southeast Europe
HE Gordan Jandrokovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Croatia
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House
Croatia is in the final stage of accession negotiations to become the 28th member state of the European Union. The speaker will discuss this strategic goal, alongside Croatia's role on the international scene, marked by its membership of NATO, its contribution to peace-keeping and peace-building missions on four continents, and its political and economic partnerships with relevant actors on the world stage. A major determinant of Croatian foreign policy is its support of the European and Euroatlantic future of Southeast Europe. The speaker will argue that Croatia's responsibility towards the region, insights into its specificities and experience gained in the EU accession process are key components defining Croatia's role, and that through them, it brings an added value to both Southeast Europe and its international partners.
Please note the Question and Answer Session will be held under the Chatham House Rule.