TITLE: Croatia: Partnerships, Priorities and Progress
SPEAKER: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
EVENT DATE: 02/14/2006
RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Croatian minister for foreign affairs and European integration, gave a speech titled "Croatia: Partnerships, Priorities and Progress" in a lecture sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center. In October 2005, the European Union opened membership talks with Croatia. Grabar-Kitarovic's speech addressed Croatia's desire to join the European Union and the country's relationship to Europe.
Speaker Biography: A native of Rijeka, Croatia, Grabar-Kitarovic lived for a while in the United States, where she attended Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, N.M. Soon after her graduation from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, she began her diplomatic career as adviser to the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Croatia. She later became head of the North American Department of the Foreign Ministry and was assigned to the Croatian Embassy in Canada. In 2003, Grabar-Kitarovic was elected to the Croatian parliament.