Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on the occasion of the national day of the Republic of Croatia, Croatia’s Statehood Day.
“National sovereignty is one of the most important values for us here in central Europe. We are proud that Hungary was one of the first countries to give its unconditional support to Croatia’s efforts in this direction, and that it was also one of the first to recognize the country’s independence,” Mr. Orbán recalled in his letter.
He added that Croatia’s accession to the Schengen area is a significant, shared historic success for both Hungary and Central Europe. The abolition of the European Community’s internal borders opens up many new opportunities for the development of our relations, both in terms of economic cooperation and the everyday lives of our citizens.
Orbán pointed out, however, that the protection of the Schengen external borders also entails a shared responsibility. The Hungarian Prime Minister concluded his letter by saying that “We must take our place as neighboring Schengen member states in protecting the southern border, and I can assure you that my government is ready to provide Croatia with all the support it needs to do so.”
Statehood Day, called Dan državnosti,
is a Croatian national holiday that occurs every year on May 30. Croatia celebrates the country’s 1991 declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on this day. It is an official state holiday, and many residents enjoy a day off from work.
Statehood Day was celebrated on June 25 until 2020. The government changed the law on national holidays in 2019, and moved this holiday to May 30. The first democratically elected multi-party parliament was constituted on May 30, 1990, and that is why this date is significant.
Via MTI, Expat in Croatia. Featured Image: Pixabay