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Croatia joins the European Union

On 1st July Croatia has joined the European Union, becoming its 28th Member State. This is a historic turning point for the country, as well as real evidence of the transformative power of the European Union: torn by conflict only two decades ago, Croatia is now a stable democracy, capable of taking on the obligations of EU membership and of adhering to EU standards.

ALDA marked the day by celebrating in Pula at the reception of guests from friendly regions and cities: its President Oriano Otočan, Head of the Administrative Department for International Cooperation and European Integration of the Region Istria, and its Director Antonella Valmorbida were present.

"Everyone has a dream and our dream has finally come true" said the President of the Region Istria, Valter Flego. "With the motto 'Istra Without Borders - Istria senza Frontiere' we have entered the European Union. Accession to the EU is a historic day for Croatia and Istria, and Istrian values will strongly contribute to its unity in diversity", continued Flego.

The Local Democracy Agency based in the country have also organised initiatives to celebrate a day longed for many years, and marking another milestone in the construction of a more united Europe.


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