Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos spoke of the joint vision of Greece and Croatia for European unification and integration at a dinner held in his honour by President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Zagreb on Tuesday.
The two goals are the more urgent as European Parliamentary elections are approaching and raising challenging issues as to the future of the EU, he said.
Every conscientious European ought to understand that both unification and integration of the EU are necessary for its planetary role, especially in defending principles and values such as peace, humanitarianism, solidarity, democracy and justice, especially social justice, the Greek president said.
The Greek president noted that three aspects comprise the foundation of these goals: the EU’s joint external policy and the policy of security; growth in the EU and the eurozone; and defending the European rule of law and social state.
The Greek president had earlier met with Grabar-Kitarovic and given a joint press conference with her, in which he sent a message to Turkey, FYROM and Albania that their accession to the European Union is conditional on their full respect of the European acquis and of international law.