Tánaiste welcomes Croatia’s accession to the European Union30 June 2013
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., today welcomed the accession of Croatia to the European Union. The Tánaiste is in Zagreb representing Ireland and the Irish Presidency of the EU at the accession ceremony.
Speaking from Zagreb the Tánaiste said:
“On behalf of the Irish people, I want to warmly welcome Croatia as the 28th Member State of the European Union.
“Croatia began its journey to membership under the last Irish EU Presidency in 2004 and I am delighted that its accession is taking place at the conclusion of our current Presidency.
“Ireland is a firm supporter of the process of EU enlargement. It is delivering peace, democracy and prosperity across our continent, especially in the western Balkans, a region riven by conflict only twenty years ago.
“Croatia’s accession is a testament to its people’s determination to put a troubled period behind them and is an inspiration for its neighbours in the region.
“I believe that membership of the EU will be as beneficial and transformational to Croatia as it has been to Ireland and I look forward to building ever stronger friendships and links with our new partner in Europe.”
The Tánaiste will address a public event marking the accession in Zagreb shortly before midnight this evening along with the Prime Minister of Croatia, Zoran Milanović, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.