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Croatia's EU Membership: expectations and realities - Public lecture by PM Zoran Milanović

Date  Monday, 24 February 2014 
Venue New Theatre, East Building, LSE (LSE Campus Map|)
Time 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Speakers HE Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia
Chair Dr James Ker-Lindsay, Senior Research Fellow, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe, London School of Economics

In July 2013, Croatia became the EU’s 28th member state after a decade of negotiations. Will reality meet the expectations? Croatia’s Prime Minister Zoran Milanović discussed.

Stabilising the economy, fostering an entrepreneurial-friendly environment, increasing the protection of human rights and accelerating the country’s learning curve as a member state are key issues among Croatia’s domestic priorities. In the international arena, Croatia will strive to keep NATO and EU enlargement realistic and viable, engage in international and regional cooperation and try to carve out strategic interest positions within the EU. Strengthening political relations with the United Kingdom, furthering investment opportunities and opening up the country to an even bigger influx of British guests will be the focus of Croatia-UK bilateral relations.

Zoran Milanović has been the prime minister of Croatia since 2011. Before this, he served as chairman of the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group in the Croatian parliament, and as a member of the Committee for the Constitution, Rules of Procedure and Political System. He graduated from the Zagreb Law School in 1986 and completed his master's degree in European Union law at the Flemish University in Brussels. 

"A referendum which would limit minority rights in Croatia is no longer possible. [The demands for restricting the use of the Cyrillic script] call for an open discrimination of a minority which is not in line with the Croatian Constitution and we will simply not allow it. We don’t have to wait for the reaction of the Constitutional Court or maybe even hide behind it in this matter. For twenty years we have been building a legal system with positive discrimination and no signatures will discourage us in that. To be clear, a referendum against minority rights is not going to happen – we shall oppose it by all legal means", commented Zoran Milanović in an interview for the LSEE Blog.

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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic speaking to Dr Monastiriotis (left) and
Professor Kevin Featherstone (right) before the public lecture

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 From left to right: Dr Spyros Economides, Professor Kevin Featherstone,
Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Dr James Ker-Lindsay

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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic speaking


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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, speaking, and Dr James Ker-Lindsay, Chair


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Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic wearing the LSE baseball cap,
a traditional gift for visiting leaders







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