Croatia | National Day and EU Accession

A family photo with fellow European ambassadors and Richard Howitt MEP

Setting sail for a new future

Aboard the Croatian-built Millennium Dream river boat on a perfect (almost Adriatic) summer’s evening, Croatia hosted a special double diplomatic reception to celebrate its National Day and its imminent accession to the European Union. Addressing the guests surrounded by iconic vistas of London, the Croatian Ambassador, Dr Ivan Grdesic, said the journey towards EU membership had not been easy, but for Croatians, joining the family of Europe had been a “dream, and now it is a dream that we can start living”. Just days later, on 1 July, EU ambassadors and parliamentarians joined the Ambassador as he raised the EU flag outside the Embassy to launch Croatia’s new future in the EU.