At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, President Martin Schulz welcomed 12 Croatian observer MEPs. It has become standard practice for countries which are about to join the EU to send observers to take part and speak in meetings, a move which has been criticised as a waste of money. That was not on the mind of these visitors.
Croatian observer MEP Frano Matušić said: “Every citizen will have a new chance, I can say. Because, of course, accession to the European Union means also new chances for all citizens of Croatia and we think that we will take this advantage.”
Croatia will have 12 fully-fledged MEP’s once the country joins the EU which is set for July 1 next year.
Another of the Croatian observer MEPs, Andrej Plenković, told euronews: “It represents a new standing in the international community for Croatia, because with accession to the EU and Nato we have achieved the objectives of the country’s foreign policy.”