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YPFP DC: Croatia Joins the EU! Conversation with His Excellency Joško Paro, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States
On July 1, 2013, Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union. Entry negotiations began back in mid-2004 when Croatia was granted candidate country status by the European Council. What exactly does it take for a candidate country to officially become a member of the EU? What were some of the challenges faced by Croatia during this process?
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is delighted to join the celebration and take a closer look at what it really means for Croatia to be a member of the European Union.
This event will feature Ambassador Paro and other key diplomats of the Croatian Embassy. It will also highlight the Ambassador’s experiences as a diplomat and the current state of Croatian economics and politics as the brand-new EU member country.
Guests will learn firsthand about Croatia’s position in Europe and the long journey of accession into the EU. The Ambassador will also share his insights on the country’s short term and long-term economic expectations. Guests will be invited to ask questions of the Ambassador and gain insight into his personal experience as an experienced negotiator. We are thankful to the Croatian Embassy for making this event possible.
Joško Paro, the Ambassador in Washington DC comes from the position of the President's foreign policy advisor, where he has served since February 2010. He joined the Croatian Foreign Service in January 1992 where he worked on bilateral relations with Western European countries. From 1993 to 1996 he served as deputy chief of mission at the Croatian Embassy in Madrid. In 1996 he was head of the Political Analysis Department and the foreign minister’s speech writer. From 1997 to 2002, as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was responsible for relations with neighboring and European countries, the USA, Russia, Canada and Israel. An experienced negotiator, he played a prominent role in post-conflict normalization of relations with neighboring countries.
In 2003 he was appointed Ambassador to the United Kingdom, a position which he held until 2009 when he was transferred to The Hague where he served as Croatian Ambassador in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Croatian permanent representative at OPCW. He is married to Jasna Paro, a journalist for HTV and is a father of two children.