The challenges facing Europe today are complex and require bold joint decisions, with the aim of strengthening the political and economic influence of the EU on a global scale. The EU Institutions and Member States need to ensure tangible results for the everyday lives of all EU citizens. As Croatia approaches the fifth anniversary of its EU membership, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Pejčinović Burić addressed the IIEA to outline Croatia’s view on the challenges and way forward for Europe. She also presented the Croatian priorities with a view towards Croatia’s first EU Presidency in 2020.
About the Speaker:
Marija Pejčinović Burić was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia in June 2017. She started her career in the private sector and was one of the key members in negotiating teams during Croatia’s path towards the European Union. She held positions of State Secretary in the Ministry from 2004 until 2008 and 2016-2017, was a Deputy in the Croatian Parliament from 2008 until 2011 and worked as a European Policy Expert from 2013 until 2016. She graduated in Economic Science at the University of Zagreb and holds a Masters degree in European Studies from the College of Europe.