Policy makers debate in Zagreb
On 8 April 2015, the Institute for Development and International Relations and the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts organized a policy makers debate in Zagreb, in the framework of the New Pact for Europe project.
Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, members of the national parliament and the European Parliament, EU experts and journalists.
Most of the participants agreed with that the EU has proved to be crisis-proof, and new mechanisms of economic governance were developed during the crisis. However, the major challenges Europe is facing are increasing differences and fragmentation between and within the EU Member States. The significant increase of the macroeconomic imbalances in peripheral countries of the Euro zone was also mentioned. The main dilemma is therefore whether or not there is enough strength and political will to overcome the crisis and strenghten the community.
Commenting on the report New Pact for Europe, most participants emphasised its positive visionary characteristics. However, it was also noted that the report does not explain interconnectedness between the three main pillars, i.e. between its economic, social and participative components. Discussants also agreed that some dimensions of the Europe 2020 Strategy are not integrated enough; relationship between widening and deepening of the EU should have been more stressed; and there is a lack of focus on the ecological dimension. Finally, it was stated that the Energy union project alone cannot generate greater cohesion but that it should be complemented by completion of the internal market, promotion of digital Europe and more focus on education.
Zvonko Kusić, President of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences (HAZU)
Ivica Kostović, Member of HAZU, MP
Ivo Šlaus, Member of HAZU
dr.sc. Sanja Tišma, Director of the Institute for Development and International Relations
dr.sc. Višnja Samardžija, Head of the Department for European affairs
dr.sc. Nina Obuljen Koržinek, member of the Advisory Group New Pact for Europe
dr.sc. Hrvoje Butković, Department for European affairs
H.E. Branko Baričević, Head of the EU Representation in Croatia
Andrej Stuchlik, member of the Steering Committee of the New Pact for Europe
Daniel Mondekar, Chairperson Committee for European Affairs of the Croatian Parliament
mr.sc. Andrej Plenković, MEP, Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
Tonino Picula, MEP, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, former foreign minister
dr.sc.Martina Dalić, member of the Committee for European Affairs of the Croatian Parliament, former minister of finances
mr.sc. Hrvoje Marušić, Assistant Minister for Foreign and European Affairs
Zrinka Ujević, ambassador
dr.sc. Iris Goldner Lang, Jean Monnet Fellow
dr.sc. Paul Stubbs
mr.sc. Bruno Lopandić, advisor for international affairs, former foreign correspondant
dr.sc. Hrvoje Špehar