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Croatia's EU Membership: expectations and realities


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Speaker(s): Zoran Milanović

Recorded on 24 February 2014 in New Theatre, East Building.

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 will discuss.

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.

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