Conference Zagreb: Shaping Europe, Welcome Croatia! 20 Years European Forum

Tue 18 Jun 2013

Conference Zagreb: Shaping Europe, Welcome Croatia! 20 Years European Forum

On Saturday 15 June the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP) and the Croatian Political Academy Novo društvo organised a conference in Zagreb: “Shaping Europe, Welcome Croatia! 20 Years European Forum-Enlarging our Family”.

During this conference the upcoming EU accession of Croatia on 1st of July was marked as well as 20 years anniversary of the European Forum. It was discussed what the lessons learned are from the EU accession process of Croatia and the future enlargement towards other South East European countries. Furthermore, it was reflected on the work of the European Forum and its future engagements. Finally, the publication “EU Enlargement Anno 2012:  A Progressive Engagement” – which is a result of the European Forum-FEPS joint research project with support from the S&D Group in the EP – has been presented. A clear message at the event was that Croatia will continue to be positively engaged in the EU integration of its neighbours as full integration of South East European countries (SEE), and with that political and economic stability, is in the interest of the region and the EU.

Representatives of social democratic political parties and foundations from SEE countries South East Europe and the EU participated in Zagreb, among them former President of Serbia and honorary president of the Democratic Party Boris Tadić.

At the conference European Forum Lena Hjelm Wallén stepped down as Forum’s President. She has been followed up by Tommy Waidelich, member of the parliament for the Swedish Social Democratic Workers' Party (SAP). We are very thankful for the engagement and commitment of Lena Hjelm Wallén in our work and wish good luck to the newly appointed President.

A full report on the event will be published on our website on short notice.

Picture from left to right: Jan Marinus Wiersma (European Forum Vice-President), Lena Hjelm Wallén (European Forum outgoing President), Boris Tadić (DS Honorary President), Radmila Šekerinska (MP SDSM Macedonia, chair of the European Integration Committee) and Tommy Waidelich (newly elected President of the European Forum).