Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office, visited the Croatian capital on 16 and 17 January 2017.
Roth attended a reception hosted by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović to mark the 25th anniversary of the independence of Croatia and met in private with Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier to discuss Croatia’s role in the EU enlargement process in the Western Balkans.
During the presidential reception, Roth accepted an honour for the late Hans-Dietrich Genscher. In his speech, Roth said:
“Twenty-five years of independence are a good reason to celebrate. In the same way that Genscher supported the independence of Croatia, the best way for us to honour him today is to convince young people to support the idea of a united Europe. Our joint promise to the younger generation should be to tell them that we are working hard so that they will enjoy a bright future. We are working to bring about greater growth, better education and good jobs. Young people are our best and most important asset.”
Minister of State Roth also held several meetings with representatives of civil society; Milorad Pupovac, President of the Serb National Council; and Aziz Hasanović, President of the Islamic Community. He gave a speech to students of VERN University of Applied Sciences on the future of Europe and answered questions from them afterwards.
The Minister of State summed up his visit as follows: “Our two countries enjoy good relations. We want to work even more closely together on EU matters. Europe is a diverse, multicultural and multi-faith community of shared values. That is why it is always particularly important to me to not only meet government officials when I travel. I met many convinced Europeans in Zagreb. In particular, my talks with Mufti Aziz Hasanović showed me how important interfaith dialogue is.”
Find out more:
- Speech by Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe and Member of the German Bundestag, at a reception in Zagreb on 16 January 2017 to mark the 25th anniversary of the international recognition of Croatia
- Speech by Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth at the VERN University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb: “The future of Europe – How to address current challenges”