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Politics & press news – Embassy 47

Less EU is more, says Croatian President 

Croatia is in favour of Britain’s push to reform the EU, Ivo Josipovic, the President of European Union’s soon-to-be newest member, told the media during a recent visit to witness the UK ratification of Croatia’s European Union Accession Treaty.

President Josipovic said in some areas there was a need for “more EU”, such as the strengthening of the common market and common security and foreign policy structures. But he also said the EU should cut back on Brussels-style bureaucracy.

“Less is more,” he said.  “The EU should consider reining in its ambition to regulate everything and give some of these powers back to the member states.”

The President also said Croatia wanted to be the “link” in the “chain of partnership” between the EU and Southeast Europe.”

He added that enlarging the Union to include the Balkan states was in the “strategic interests” of the European Union and his country would be active in promoting them.

Speaking on Britain’s potential exit of the EU, he said this would not be in the interests of the UK or EU. 

Croatian President Josipovic with UK Europe Minister David Lidington

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