ZAGREB, Nov 6 (Croatia Sun News) – Addressing a conference organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia (AmCham) on Croatia’s forthcoming presidency of the European Union, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic informed the participants of Croatia’s priorities in that period: connectivity, development, defence, and influence.
At the conference held in Zagreb on Tuesday, with an emphasis on the Croatian EU presidency, competitiveness and growth, the president said that efforts aimed at bolstering connectivity in Europe referred to infrastructure projects as well as to energy and digital connectivity.
She emphasised the importance of the construction of Peljesac Bridge in the south of the country and the future terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the island of Krk.
The Croatian president reiterated the importance of the Three Seas Initiative, an informal political platform for the economic and infrastructural connectivity of central European countries, and in this context underscored the indisputable support of the U.S. to this initiative.
Considering the importance of maritime economy, the president said that the blue economy could rise twice as fast as the rest of the economic sectors by 2030.
For Europe, this could mean 10.8 million jobs and a turnover of 1,000 billion euros, she said, among other things.
Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlic Radman spoke about efforts to bring the EU project closer to the general public.